Isle of Bute and the local area

Bute offers lush, fertile and rolling hills, craggy, heather-covered moorlands, and sandy beaches around the coastline; it is a haven for walkers, cyclists and water and outdoor enthusiasts. There are many ways to explore Bute, whether it be by walking, cycling, horseback, kayaking or driving, however you choose to travel you will come across wonderful panoramas, passing yachts, glimpses of seal colonies, otters, eider ducks, swans wintering greylag geese, mysterious ruins, spectacular scenery at every turn.

Activities

  • Angling from Loch Fad, Quien Loch, Loch Ascog and Greenan Loch
  • Sailing. Sailing lessons and courses are available on Bute. You can charter a yacht or bring your own.
  • Watersports. Kayaking around the Kyles of Bute. The sheltered waters of Rothesay Bay are ideal for windsurfing, dinghy sailing, water or jet skiing.
  • Golf. Rothesay Golf Course with its views over mountains and lochs. At Port Bannatyne there's a 13-hole course with par 67, based on 13 plus five holes. There is a nine-hole course set by the shore at Kingarth.
  • Guided bird walks which will give you glimpses into the rare birdlife of Bute.
  • Cycling.The flat coastal roads and very light traffic make for pleasurable cycling. Hiring is easy or bring your own bikes. Wonderful routes from 1 to 9 miles.
  • Walking. Bute is only fifteen miles long and five miles across at its widest point and makes for relaxing, peaceful walks. Bute's "West Island Way" gives walkers a variety of routes around the island allowing exploration of the remoter parts.
  • Horseriding. Country roads, woodland and sandy beaches give a variety of good equestrian conditions. There are several riding centres on Bute for advice and lessons.

Places to Visit

  • Victorian gothic mansion and gardens of Mount Stuart www.mountstuart.com
  • Bute Museum situated behind Rothesay Castle;
  • Rothesay Castle where the Stuart Kings spent their summers;
  • The gardens of Ascog Hall and Ardencraig.
  • Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) consisting of one of the most extraordinary bird habitats in the West of Scotland and the central lochs of Bute
  • The historical standing stones at Ettrick Bay.
  • The ancient chapel of St Blane.
  • The vitrified Iron Age fort at Dunagoil
Events hosted in Bute include the annual jazz festival in May (www.butejazz.com), Highland games, agricultural shows, concerts and art festivals. Go to www.visitbute.com for more details on Bute

Rhubodach Farmhouse & Cottage, Isle of Bute. Scotland.