Places to See - Isle of Bute

Surrounded by islands and waterways, the island of Bute is steeped in history with beauty around every little nook and cranny, so it’s easy to keep yourself occupied and its more than worth getting out there and exploring. Apart from its main town of Rothesay and a few smaller villages and bays the island is a dream for visitors who love nature and wildlife.
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Bute has been naturally divided into respective highland and lowland areas by the Highland Boundary fault which passes directly across the island. This gives the island two distant flavours, with the north of the island being more steep and uncultivated than the smoother highly cultivated south.

The island is part of the council area of Argyll and Bute and has a population of around 6,500 persons, most of which live and work in the town of Rothesay. The western part of the island is known for its outstanding beaches and on a clear hot summers day it can be hard to tell the difference between its beaches and those of the Caribbean. However, a quick dip of the toe into the firth of Clyde and your soon transported back.

A quick overview of the beautiful Isle of Bute