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Introducing Isle of Bute

Bute lies pinched between the thumb and forefinger of the Cowal peninsula, separated from the mainland by a narrow, scenic strait. The Highland Boundary Fault cuts through the middle of the island so that, geologically speaking, the northern half is in the Highlands and the southern half is in the central Lowlands.

The Isle of Bute Discovery Centre is in Rothesay's restored Winter Gardens.

The five-day Isle of Bute Jazz Festival (www.butejazz.com) is held over the first weekend of May.