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The Island of Bute

Bute is perhaps the most accessible of the westerly isles. Thanks to this, and a balmy climate, it’s been a popular holiday spot for well over a century. The Victorians left their mark with splendid architecture and glorious gardens. Add to this fabulous walking, cycling and kayaking and you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable island adventure.

Rothesay, the island’s chief town, is a seaside resort brimming with character, Italian cafés and good-old-fashioned shops. Don’t miss the Victorian toilets, a masterpiece of marble, ceramics and brass, or the beautifully renovated Art Deco pavilion. Follow the coastal road south and you’ll find Mount Stuart, a spectacular neo-gothic palace set amid acres of lush woodland.

Bute is a lovely place to explore on foot or by bike. Because the island’s fairly low lying, there are panoramic views and few strenuous climbs. Most of Bute’s inhabitants live around the two wide bays on the island’s eastern side, so if you’re looking for peace, solitude and the best beaches, head west. The recently established West Island Way is 25-mile walk that takes you the length of the island.

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