Mount Stuart house is commonly referred to as the jewel in the crown of Bute. The house itself is arguably the finest piece of domestic architecture to emerge from Britain’s Gothic Revival in the 19th Century. The palace boasts a majestic marble hall, an awe-inspiring chapel, sumptuous accommodation and beautiful rich reception rooms. The stunning gardens are among Europe’s finest, dating back to circa 1718 when the 2nd Earl of Bute laid out the beginnings of the 300 acres of botanical extravaganza that can be enjoyed today.
Further information on opening hours and ticket prices can be found here: www.mountstuart.com
The Great Outdoors
Bute has an abundance of outdoor activities for its visitors to get involved in including walking, cycling, golfing, fishing and sailing.
The island's West Island Way (www.westislandway.co.uk) offers a unique view of Bute, covering the majority of the island, and can be completed over a number of days. For keen cyclists, the island's flat coastal routes showcase some of Bute's best scenery (www.cycle-bute.co.uk/).
Bute has three golf courses to enjoy during your stay:
- Bute - a 9 hole course with unrivalled, uniterrupted views of neighbouring Arran and only a 5 minute drive from Kerrytonlia Cottage (www.butegolfclub.com)
- Rothesay - the island's only 18 hole course (www.rothesaygolfclub.co.uk)
- Port Bannatyne - a unique 13 hole course towards the north of the island (www.portbannatynegolfclub.co.uk)
For those interested in fishing, Loch Fad offers trout and pike fishing (www.lochfad.co.uk).
Other things to see and do
Fancy seeing the whole of Bute with your feet up? Why not check out City Sight Seeing Bute: www.citysightseeingbute.com
Looking for a little bit of the island's history? Take a stroll around Rothesay Castle, Bute Museum or St. Blane's Chapel.
Rain getting in the way of your day or looking to take it easy? Why not hit the pool at Rothesay Leisure Centre or catch the latest Hollywood release at the Rothesay Cinema.
The Isle of Bute has its very own gin, distilled on the island. Booking information for the Gin Garden and gin tastings can be found here: www.isleofbutegin.com
Once a year, Bute hosts its very own festival, ButeFest. Keep an eye on their website for details of dates, tickets and line-up: www.butefest.co.uk
For more information on things to see and do during your stay, please visit: www.visitbute.com