Bute attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Bute

Mount Stuart

The family seat of the Stuart Earls of Bute is one of Britain's more magnificent 19th-century stately homes, the first to have a telephone, underfloor heating and a heated pool. Its eclectic interior, with an imposi…
Castle in Rothesay

Rothesay Castle

The splendid, ruined 13th-century Rothesay Castle, with seagulls and jackdaws nesting in the walls, was once a favourite residence of the Stuart kings. It is unique in Scotland in having a circular plan, with four s…
Historic Building in Rothesay

Victorian Toilets

Dating from 1899, these toilets are a monument to lavatorial luxury − a disinfectant-scented temple of green and black marbled stoneware, glistening white enamel, glass-sided cisterns and gleaming copper pipes. The …
Museum in Rothesay

Bute Museum

The most interesting displays in this museum behind Rothesay Castle are those recounting the history of the famous Clyde steamers. Other galleries cover natural history, archaeology and geology; the prize exhibit is…
Ruins in Bute

St Blane's Chapel

At the southern end of Bute island, the picturesque ruins of this 12th-century chapel can be found a 10-minute uphill walk from the road. A holy place from early Christian days and perhaps before, it was an importan…
Ruins in Bute

Dunagoil Fort

This ruined Iron Age hill fort near Kilchattan has a spectacular position on a volcanic outcrop backed by the hills of Arran. The ramparts were vitrified for extra defensibility.
Brewery in Rothesay

Bute Brew Co

Phone ahead to book a visit at this craft brewer, which has been doing a good job in recent years, or drop in at weekends for beer and pizza. Try their delicious 48 Ferries IPA.