Top things to do

Top Choice Cafe in Rothesay

Musicker

This cool little cafe serves Bute's best coffee, alongside a range of home baking, soups and sandwiches with imaginative fillings. It also sells CDs, books and guitars, and sports an old-fashioned jukebox.
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 …
Bistro in Rothesay

Harry Haw's

There are great scenes at this welcoming modern bistro with an attractive interior and views over Rothesay Castle. Its moderate prices and pleasing range of deli-style fare plus burgers, local roast meat and tasty p…
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…
Brasserie in Rothesay

Brechin’s on Bridgend Street

A friendly neighbourhood brasserie and music shop owned by jazz fan Tim, Brechin’s serves unpretentious but delicious dinners on Saturdays, and light lunchtime fare such as jacket potatoes and sandwiches. It's hard …
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.