Impressive neo-Gothic architecture, beautiful beaches, and some of Scotland’s most remarkable castles all make the Isle of Bute a must-see destination. Located in the Firth of Clyde, this beautiful island attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year searching for tranquillity and natural beauty. From stunning castles to fantastic local fishing spots, these four attractions and local activities are great additions to your Isle of Bute travel itinerary.
1. Visit Mount Stuart House
Located on the Isle of Bute’s eastern coast, the Mount Stuart House is an incredible neo-Gothic country house that has been described as one of the world’s greatest 19th century houses. The original house was actually built in the early 18th century by the 2nd Earl of Bute, but was lost in a fire 150 years later. The house is surrounded by gardens and is the home of the world’s first heated residential swimming pool.
2. Explore Rothesay Castle
Described as one of Scotland’s most remarkable castles, Rothesay Castle dates back to the early 13th century. Left in ruins for centuries, it was restored during the late 19th and early 20th century to its current architecturally impressive state. Open to visitors throughout the year, the castle offers some of the best views on the Isle of Bute. Walk along the exterior walls and enjoy excellent photo opportunities, as well as panoramic views of the Firth of Clyde.
3. Walk through the Ardencraig Gardens
Located in Rothesay, the Ardencraig Gardens are a wonderful attraction for visitors interested in show gardens and foreign birds. The walled garden, designed by Percy Lane, was acquired by the government in 1970 and has since opened to the public. Browse beautiful flower arrangements and stunning public gardens or step into the centre’s fantastic aviaries to view amazing foreign birds. The Ardencraig Gardens are a nice place to stop while travelling between Rothesay’s other attractions.
4. Walk around the island
At 15 miles from one end to the other, we wouldn’t advise trying to tackle the entire thing on foot, but there are a number of walks for both beginners and avid ramblers alike. Popular walks include the short 3-mile walk through the resort town of Rothesay and up Canada Hill Love scenic views? Try the Stravanan Bay walk, which offers amazing views of the nearby mountains in Arran.
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From stunning coastline to impressive castles, the Isle of Bute is home to hundreds of amazing attractions. Learn more about the Isle of Bute with Shearings Holidays: shearings.com/our-holidays/coach-holidays/scotland