Once a popular Victorian seaside destination – the restored 1899 public toilets at Rothesay pier are a work of art – Bute has a huge amount to offer. It is now famous for its gardens, fishing, golf and Britain’s most outstanding gothic mansion.
The gardens vary from Ardencraig with the ‘best display of summer bedding anywhere in Scotland’, to the entrancing Ascog Fernery, and the 300 acres of superb gardens in the grounds of Mount Stuart.
Flamboyant Mount Stuart was built, but not completed, in the late 1800s by the third Marquess of Bute. Quite magnificent it is a monument to one man’s obsession with the medieval past.
There is fishing on various lochs – Loch Fad is well know for its rainbow trout. For walkers the West Island Way, Scotland’s first way marked long distance trail, offers a range of options.
Regular ferry from Weymss Bay to Rothesay , 30 minutes, or the shorter 5 minute crossing from Colintriave to Rhubodach on the north end of the island
Find out more on the Isle of Bute from Wikipedia