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Meet the Isle of Bute, an island off the coast of Scotland that is filled with savage history, wild landscapes, and fascinating folklore.

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Your tour departs Glasgow, heading along the south shores of the Clyde Estuary. Relax and enjoy the stunning views across the Firth of Clyde to the Argyllshire sea lochs and Highland mountains. Travelling through the seaports of Greenock and Gourock, you continue down to the North Ayrshire coast to the quaint ferry port located at Weymss Bay. Take a deep breath as you sail across the Firth of Clyde before disembarking at Rothesay, the largest town on the Isle of Bute. Your journey carries on to the ancestral seat of the marquesses of Bute, Mount Stuart. This spectacular 19th-century neo-gothic mansion boasts ornate Gothic revival architecture, not to mention the wonderful grounds that are yours to explore. Back in 1877 when it was built, it was one of the most technologically advanced homes of its time. It was the first Scottish home with electricity and an indoor heated swimming pool. Luxury! After a wee jaunt around Mount Stuart, you’re back on the bus and it’s time to relax as your driver-guide takes you for a scenic drive around the south side of the island. Time for a song request? Something dramatic to match the spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde. What a way to see the Highlands. Your driver-guide will make stops along the way. Get ready to curl your toes in the sand of the west coast’s beautiful beaches. Make sure to keep an eye out for Bute’s beautiful wildlife, from red squirrels to otters. You head back to Rothesay and here the time is yours. Sample some of the local cuisine, explore the promenade, grab yourself a souvenir, or take in the beautiful castle ruins. Now it’s time to jump back on the ferry. Don’t fret over leaving Bute behind, she’s always waiting for you should you return. And you’ll have your memories, photos, and souvenirs to enjoy on the drive back to Glasgow.

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A Day on the Isle of Bute – Highlights


  • From craggy moorlands to sandy beaches, Bute is a haven for nature lovers.
  • Explore a 19th-century neo-Gothic mansion
  • Stroll along the seaside promenade in Rothesay, an ancient royal burgh
  • Bute’s beaches are worth a visit. Some have golden sand. Others red.



  • Admission to Mount Stuart – House and Garden
  • Transport in air-conditioned, 16–seat mini coach
  • Professional Driver Guide

Isle of Bute – Meeting Point


Please meet your Rabbie’s guide at Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station (Stance between 23 to 32), Killermont Street, Glasgow, G2 3NW

Know Before you Go


  • Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers, you will get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life
  • Because you’ll have opportunities to take nature walks, please bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour
  • Minimum age to participate is 5 years
  • You’re restricted to 14 kilograms (31lbs) of luggage per person on the tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items

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April, 2024




August 26,2019

  • Tuesday
  • 9:00am - 10:00am
  • Sophie Mcguire
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