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My Fave Places on Bute

As I spend more time on Bute, I am slowly curating a list of places that I love to visit.  For any future visitors to Bute, this is a go to list of spots that I always frequent.   

Bute Yard

This is a new addition to Rothesay and it is a fantastic place to visit.  It is a multi use venue where there is a bar, food and events.  There are both indoor and outdoor spaces and it is the perfect place for a party!  The markets are especially impressive, as they showcase the best of Bute.    

Bute Yard

61-67 High Street, Rothesay

Isle of Bute PA20 9AX

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Bonnie Bling

I only have one coffee a day - but I do like it to be a good one!  Here you will find fantastic coffee, great food and gorgeous pieces of Scottish bling.  Most importantly, Mhairi the owner is a delight - the conversation never fails to bring a smile to my face.

Bonnie Bling

10 Castle Street, Rothesay

Isle of Bute PA20 9HA

Macqueens of Rothesay

Macqueens is an award winning craft butcher that offers locally sourced products.  I am a huge fan of their pork sausages and beef pies (I really should try something new...) - but I also love their farm fresh eggs and even their strawberry jam is amazing!  If you are there early enough, they often have fresh sourdough bread on Saturday morning too.

This photo shows the team with the Hairy Bikers, who highlighted Macqueens on a recent showcase of Bute.    

Macqueens of Rothesay

103 Bishop Street, Rothesay

Isle of Bute 

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The Dressing Room

This little gem was a complete surprise - and in a very good way!  As I already have so many clothes, I didn't venture in here for a long time.  Big mistake!  They have really unique and stylish pieces - I have found some gems in here at excellent prices.

The Dressing Room

65-67 Montague Street, Rothesay

Isle of Bute 

For Bute

Without a word of exaggeration, this is probably my favourite shop on Bute!  I think that maybe half of my flat has been furnished with gems that I have discovered here.  When I am on Bute, I tend to drop in almost daily to see what is new and for a friendly chat.  It also makes me very happy to know that the profits go directly to charity.  I love it!

For Bute

Victoria St, Rothesay

Isle of Bute

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Mount Stuart 

This is a truly magnificent place to visit - a must see.  The gardens are spectacular, but inside the house is jaw droppingly impressive.  The house was built in 1719 featuring Georgian architecture and Victorian design.  The interiors are inspired by astrology, art and mythology.  I loved the story too.

Mount Stuart

Isle of Bute

PA20 9LR

Isle of Bute Distillery

Amazing gin and even more amazing cocktails!  They are now located at the newly opened Bute Yard, which just happens to be at the bottom of my garden.  

Isle of Bute Distillery

61-67 High Street, Rothesay

Isle of Bute PA20 9AU

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Kingarth Hotel

This hotel was established in 1786 and although it is a bit of a drive from Rothesay, it is absolutely worth it.  The food is home cooked and delicious - it is here that my son Hamilton acquired a taste for haggis.  Nestled in the beautiful countryside, it is a great spot for a drink, a game of pool and a great meal.

Kingarth Hotel

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Kilchattan Bay

PA20 9LU

Bute Museum

For a history nerd like me, this is a wonderful place to lose yourself.  If you step inside you will find a treasure trove of information on the archaeology, history, flora, fauna and geology of Bute.  This also happens to be where Isabel the genealogist is based!  Be sure to check the opening times though.

Bute Museum

 

7 Stuart Street, Rothesay

Isle of Bute PA20 0EP

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Glenburn Hotel

Such a grand old hotel - it is a sight to behold!  The views are truly to die for, overlooking Rothesay Bay and the Cowal Peninsula.  It was originally constructed in 1892 as a hydrotherapy retreat - but you can now stay in the hotel, enjoy a meal there or sip a quiet G&T and watch the sunset from the terrace. 

Glenburn Hotel

 

Mountstuart Road, Rothesay

PA20 9JP

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