Beautiful Bute is one of the most accessible islands on the Scottish West coast in the region of Argyll and Bute, and makes a perfect destination for a quick weekend away (although maybe not if you live in Lands End). Just a stones throw from Glasgow, you can catch the ferry from Wemyss Bay across the Firth of Clyde to the pretty town of Rothesay. While you are here, visit the ruins of the 13th Century Rothesay Castle, its dungeons, thick stone walls and the grand hall (which has been restored). The (fully functional) public Victorian toilets in Rothesay are worth a visit here too, whether you need to go or not!
Bute is also home to stunning Mount Stuart - the 19th Century ancestral home of the Marquess of Bute. It is a huge manor house featuring magnificent Victorian Gothic architecture and design and is surrounded by 300 acres of gardens and grounds including an adventure playground, cafe and picnic area.
For such a small island, Bude has hugely varied landscapes; green rolling hills, rugged heather-covered moors and pretty sandy beaches along the coastline. Visit the colony of seals on the beach at Scalpsie Bay or hire a boat, grab a rod and head out fishing for trout on Loch Fad - a deep freshwater Loch.
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