Buteshire Tourist Guide

Bute shares its beauty to visitors

Found in West Scotland, Buteshire or Bute for short, is composed of the islands Bute, Arran, Holy Isle, Pladda, Inch-Marnoch, and Great and Little Cumbray. The county boasts of a favorable damp and mild climate that allows inhabitants and tourists to go about their activities in a leisurely pace. Time stands still in this picturesque county, and it is as if troubles are temporarily forgotten because of the beauty of Bute.

One of the most popular places to visit in Bute is the Mount Stuart House, a gothic Victorian mansion that is known for its fine architecture. The house was dates back to 1718, and is still well maintained today. The rooms are very ornate and lavish, enchanting those who visit. The Marble Hall is known for its beautifully carved arches, while the stained glass windows feature zodiac themes. Such beautiful features are also seen in other rooms. The Mount Stuart House is also beautiful outside, as the sprawling gardens provide a contrast to the majestic building. Rare plants can be seen in the gardens, and they even sell some of the plants found there. The house is a great place for fans of architecture, history, and botany.

Those who are interested in getting much information about Bute may do well in visiting the Bute Museum on Stuart Street in Rothesay. The museum houses samples of rocks from different parts of Bute to better explain the place’s natural history. The museum library also houses a rare collection of books that are now out of print, as well as other documents like postcards and maps. The best time to visit the museum is in the summer when the museum is open daily.

One would be surprised to know that a trip to the public toilets on the pier is considered a must-do in Rothesay. But then again, the toilets are not just ordinary toilets; those are award-winning toilets that exhibit the Victorian style. Unlike modern public toilets that are stark, the Victorian toilets are elaborate with the walls covered in ceramic tiles. The crest of the Royal Burgh of Rothesay is displayed at the entrance, showing people that toilets are serious business here. Copper pipes and white enamel urinals show how stylish toilets were back then.

Another grand building that is worth seeing is the Rothesay Castle. The castle follows an eventful history that dates back to as early as 1098. The castle was captured more than once in different battles. Between 1816 and 1817, restoration work on the castle was started. Those restorations paid off, because now people can see the castle in all its glory. The courtyard also houses St. Michael’s chapel, which can be traced back to the 16th century.
Saint Blane’s Chapel can be found near Kilchattan Bay; the chapel is known as one of the most peaceful spots in the area because one can look at Arran’s hills and the beautiful seas. The remains of the chapel provide solitude to travelers; foundations of a monastery that was started by St. Blane can also be seen nearby. Also, the church houses two cemeteries; men and women’s cemeteries were separate back then.

With the great spots to visit in Bute, one is assured of a great getaway. In Bute, relaxing becomes second nature to those who see the place.