Isle of Bute, Scotland

The Isle of Bute is one of the islands of the lower Firth of Clyde in Scotland. An island steeped in history, with stone circles and chambered cairns, beautifully remote locations of early Christian sites. Rothesay Castle is one of the islands main attractions being one of the finest examples of Victorian heritage to be found.

Bute is a country lovers paradise and the waters around the island are some of the finest in Europe for wildlife, with resident colonies of seals, oystercatchers, gannets, eider duck, swans and many other species. Walking, cycling, fishing, golf and horse riding are just a few of the many activities available. There are shops to explore, cafes and many late Victorian mansions to see.

Things to See and Do

* Rothesay Castle
* St Blane’s Castle
* Mount Stuart House
* Bute Museum
* Ascog Hall Fernery and Gardens

General information

Cruise Season – March - Nov
Currency – Pound Sterling (£)
Language – English
Land Area – 12,217 ha
Population – 7728
Electricity – 2 vertical square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time – GMT plus zero hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 44

Port Location – The port is located at Rothesay.

Transport Links – Bute is connected with the Scottish mainland by two Caledonian MacBrayne ferries: Rothesay to Wemyss Bay and Rhubodach to Colintraive. In summer the paddle steamer Waverley stops at Rothesay on regular cruises. There is a regular bus service along the eastern coast road, and a daily service connecting the island into Argyll and the western highlands and islands. The main ferry to the island leaves from Wemyss Bay, a village on the A78, the coast road between Glasgow and Ayr. Wemyss Bay is connected by rail to Paisley (for Glasgow International Airport) and Glasgow Central station. Prestwick Airport (home of RyanAir) is connected directly to Wemyss Bay by FASTBUS 585, which runs twice an hour.

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