Isle of Bute

Bute Ferry


Jackie, Shirley, Sue B, Marion, Sue P, Jay, Thelma, Karen, Sheila, Judith, Irene, Vicky, Kate & Ilene.

The Tour – Photographs, Maps and Stats…

Day 1 (Glasgow to Dunoon)


Day 2 (Dunoon to Rothesay)

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Newcastle Central Station, Monday morning in Glasgow, Canal Station Hotel (Paisley) and The Royal Marine Hotel, Hunters Quay (Dunoon)
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Tuesday morning Dunoon, breakfast, Loch Striven, Colintraive and Rothesay.
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 Day 3 ( Free Day )

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Day 4 (Island Tour)

Day 4

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Day 5 (Heading Home)

Fully loaded van, Wemyss Bay station and Bobby.

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Bute Days Out, suggestions for Wednesday & Thursday

What follows is nothing concrete and certainly not compulsory. Both ideas are weather dependant, of course we plan for wall to wall sunshine on both days.

The first being a full day cycle tour of the island, visiting as many coves, bays and viewpoints as possible, incorporating lunch at Ettrick Bay, the tea room has great views westward and good reviews.

Ettrick Tea Room

The second, a trip to Mount Stuart. Mount Stuart is a classic Victorian mansion, featuring a rather large gothic house set in formal gardens and parkland. In addition to the splendour of the house, there are frequently exhibitions taking place throughout the year. Situated on the east coast, south of Rothesay, it’s a short(ish) cycle ride away, or there is the island bus service.


Alternatively, you can choose to amuse yourself and do your own thing. If this is the case, dinner on Wednesday (Bute Backpackers) will be at 8 o’clock, on Thursday we’re eating at Harry Haw’s (situated opposite the castle) tables booked for 19:45.

Useful Links

Mount Stuart…  click here.

Ettrick bay Tea Room…  click here.

Restaurant Menus

We are using two restaurants in Rothesay, both are small venues and they have asked us to let them know our menu choices in advance. I’ve agreed to share these by Thursday 6 September, can you please text me your choices, using the system described on the menu (see below).

Bonnie Clyde

Bonnie Clyde Menu, Tuesday 11 September, click here ( BC C-T Menu ) and text your selections to Neil. Note, the Bonnie Clyde restaurant is not licensed, please bring along your own beers, wines or soft drinks.

Harry Haws

Harry Haw’s Menu, Thursday 13 September, click here ( HH C-T Menu ) and text your selections to Neil.

Click here to see the itinerary for this tour.