The Isle of Bute
The Isle of Bute lies in Scotland's Firth of Clyde, tucked into the spectacular sea lochs of southern Argyll. 15 miles long by approximately 4 miles wide Bute is less than two hours from the city of Glasgow. The island was a popular Victorian seaside destination, when the main town of Rothesay would be bustling with trippers who had come "doon the watter" during the Glasgow Fair and disembarked from the many steamers that sailed the Clyde.
The Paddle Steamer Waverley is the only traditional vessel cruising the Firth nowadays, and it still proves a very popular attraction with a busy summer schedule of routes between Bute, Arran and the mainland.
Bute is still a favoured weekend destination for Glaswegians and has seen a resurgence in its' popularity over the last few years. In 2003, the wedding of Paul McCartneys daughter, Stella, at Mount Stuart House provided the island with huge amounts of publicity.
Of course Bute is a wonderful location for cycling with plenty of easy coastal riding on the flat along with gently undulating roads encircling the island.
|Here are some links to popular attractions:|
|Mountstuart House||Ascog Fernery
|St Blanes Chapel||Rothesay Castle
| Munro's Bed & Breakfast
| Argyll Guest House
||Bute House Hotel|
|The Waterfront||Ardbeg Lodge Hotel
|The Kingarth Hotel|