Isle of Bute

Bute lies in the Firth of Clyde. The only town on the island, Rothesay, is linked by ferry to the mainland.  A rich diversity of flora and fauna can be discovered on the 15 miles long by 4 miles wide island.

Architectural attractions on the island include the ruined 12th century St. Blane's Chapel on a site associated with Saint Catan and Saint Blane, who was born on Bute.  Another ruined chapel, dating from the 6th century, lies at St. Ninian's Point.  The eccentric Mount Stuart House is often cited as one the world's most impressive neo-Gothic House mansions, bringing many architectural students from Glasgow on day trips. Rothesay Castle was built 800 years ago by the hereditary Hight Steward of Scotland.

There are a variety of music, folk and poetry festivals, and walking trails and new cycling routes.