Bute | Colin Nutt

About

Bute may only be 15 miles long and 4 miles wide, but there is lots to see and do! The island is renowned for its glorious gardens and grand architecture and is home to tourist attractions such as Rothesay Castle and Mount Stuart House. The main town of Rothesay and the village of Port Bannatyne are great places for a bite to eat, with cafes, bistros, bars and restaurants, and there are also many beautiful beaches to be found.

Famous For

  • Bute was the beach resort of choice from the mid-19th century for Glaswegians who flocked to Rothesay for their summer holidays "doon the watter".

  • Mount Stuart House and Gardens is one of Britain’s most astounding Victorian gothic mansions. Home to the Stuarts of Bute, descendants of the Royal House of Stuart, Mount Stuart is a must-see when visiting Bute.

  • Rothesay Castle dates back to the early 13th century. It was built by the Stewart family to defend against invading Norwegian fleets. Rothesay Castle’s immense circular curtain wall and surrounding moat makes it unique in Scotland.

Ask an Islander

  • The island is divided into Highland and Lowland areas by the Highland Boundary Fault Line.

  • Ettrick Bay is home to a mile-long sandy beach with spectacular views, a children's play park, and a tearoom.

  • Bute is home to not one but three golf courses, with 40 holes amongst them, each providing spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde and surrounding areas.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

Visit Bute - accommodation

More Information

You can find some additional information about Bute at the links below

Visit Bute

Wild about Argyll - Bute

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


CalMac Ferries operate regular sailings to Bute, 7 days a week, crossing from Wemyss Bay on the Mainland to Rothsay, and Colintraive on the mainland to Rhubodach.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.