Things to Do in Isle of Bute

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Things to Do in Isle of Bute

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Top Attractions in Isle of Bute

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  • RUTH M
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Friendly staff, amazing place to visit. Gardens are lovely as is the little beach. The cafe serves tasty food at reasonable prices. We all thoroughly enjoyed our day out.
    Written March 29, 2024
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  • Adele V
    Mansfield, UK68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit. The male toilets are beautifully restored and impressive to see. The female toilets are more modern and not as impressive.
    Written April 4, 2024
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  • Considered Review
    Norwich, UK133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent visitors centre in central location by the harbour. Staff were ready with a friendly greeting to a very nicely put-together centre with exhibitions, tribute to Lena Zavaroni, and shop. Thanks all.
    Written March 3, 2024
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  • kc
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful gardens. No one available to ask any information or why there were so many new plants being cultivated. An oasis
    Written September 26, 2023
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  • Colin Park
    Macclesfield, UK102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unfortunately I chose a rather wet day to walk the section from Kilchattan Bay to Rothesay but it tied in well with the ferry from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay and straight onto the bus for Kilchattan Bay. The walk around the southern end of the island is somewhat rocky but very rewarding and passes the fascinating ruins of St Blane's Church. the small diversion to the summit of Suidhe Chatain is well worth it. the route runs along the shore at Stravanan Bay before turning across the central spie of the ilsand and later crosses the causeway at Loch Fad before entering Rothesay. The path is reasonably well signed but some sections are a bit overgrown with bracken or long grass so you may get wet legs.
    Written August 30, 2023
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  • Sanz1820
    Inverness, UK168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the uphill climb. Beautiful location in a hollow surrounded by hills. Well looked after by HES, with the usual helpful signage.
    Written April 4, 2024
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  • TartanWanderer
    England, UK3,994 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historically very important to Scotland. Big in terms of Viking history too. It’s an interesting moated castle. Easy to get to and plenty parking close by.
    Written March 31, 2024
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  • Jillian M
    Crossford, UK8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iona kindly booked a large table for my family to enjoy the live band 3-6pm on Hogmaney. Wow what a place. What an atmosphere. We were a large group of 16 adults, 1 toddler and a dog.
    It was the perfect start to our festivities. 🥳
    We had the best time on the Island and have already booked for next year and will definitely be making a return visit or two to the Bute Yard 😍
    The oyster gin with slivers of chilli is delicious too.
    Written January 4, 2024
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  • Tom_Pandelaere
    Musselburgh, UK239 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is one of those traditional local museums that strives to provide an overview of the natural and human history of its locale. I think it succeeds quite well. Even though there are but two rooms, these are well-stocked with, on the one side, historical artefacts ranging from the Neolithic to the twentieth century and, on the other, stuffed animals, shells and rocks that have some connexion with the island. Everything is explained in great detail.
    Do not expect new-fangled interactive technology; the Bute Museum is an old-school establishment that keeps the interested visitor occupied for about an hour or so, perhaps two hours if you read the card with every single exhibit.
    Good, decent, worth a visit if you are in the area.
    Written September 24, 2023
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  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scalpsie Bay is a stunning little beach to visit, there is a small parking area but it was very busy when we visited, so we parked at the view point further up the road with some hikes to kilmory castle and some standing stones.
    It's definitely worth spending some time here!
    Written June 11, 2023
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  • Iain M
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For such a small shop, the vast variety of books in stock is amazing. Visited several times over the week. We were able to order a book which arrived a few days later. Also they arranged for a book to be sent direct to my home from the author as the book I was looking for wasn’t in stock.
    Excellent service, always on hand to help in every way they could.
    Add this place to your places to visit, when on holiday in Bute
    Written August 14, 2023
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  • cleator
    uk8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very serene and spiritual place. It’s a bit of a walk but worth it. You follow the road up the coast from Ettrick Bay. Follow it until the tarmac runs out where there is a small car park where there is a house set back called Glecknabae. The tarmac road gives way to a farm track. You follow the track on foot alongside the Kyles of Bute. The views are restricted by trees most of the way but still pleasant. The track at first passes a farm on your right after about 300 yards and eventually after a mile or so you arrive at St Michael’s grave (on the left of the track). It is directly opposite a white cottage on the right of the track. It is easily visible from the road. There is no public footpath to it but seemingly the way to do it is just to unhitch the gate and cross the field - to the grave (about 100 yards). This is not in itself spectacular but you get a great view down the Kyles. Return to the track and continue for another 500 yards or so until you reach another farm. Just before the farm is a public footpath sign on the left pointing across the field to the Chapel. You cross two fields to reach it. It is unsurprisingly a ruin but you can make out various features and use your imagination!. It does have a special atmosphere with good views across to Kames. We had a nice clear day. I can’t imagine what it is like if it’s raining. Glad we visited.
    Written April 10, 2023
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