A Trip to the Isle of Bute
Head out of the hotel going north to Colintraive and you can pick up the ferry to the Isle of Bute. Whilst here maybe you could visit the Heritage Centre and the local Community Garden designed by the well known Scottish gardening programme The Beechgrove Garden.
Once on the ferry to Bute, which may be the shortest ferry trip you ever take, take in the stunning scenery from the East Kyles of Bute. When you arrive on Bute, make your way to Rothesay. In and around the town you will find Ascog Fernery, a beautifully restored Victorian Fernery and gardens. There are also some working Victorian toilets (Gents only) to visit and a heritage centre as well as a number of shops and eateries.
If you travel further south you will get to Mount Stuart House, a Victorian Gothic house described as an ‘architectural fantasy’. Everyone who visits comes back rating it very highly. You view the house by guided tours only, but these are very informative, although if you are visiting on a Saturday it is well worth ringing ahead as the house is closed if they have a wedding. The gardens are also a delight.
Tour of Bute
When travelling around the rest of Bute, Scalpsie Bay is worth a visit where you can see a large colony of seals. Ettrick Bay has standing stones and there is also the ancient chapel of St Blane and a vitrified Iron Age Fort at Dunagoil. If travelling to Bute please take a note of the return ferry times we would hate to see you stranded on the island.
A huge thank you to all the wonderful staff who gave us such a warm welcome. Fabulous hotel – wish we could have stayed longer. Hope to be back. – Feb 2011 ...