Rothesay is a the largest Town on the Isle
of Bute, 42 miles west of Glasgow, with
regular Ferries running
from the Port Village of Wemyss Bay,
35 minute crossing. Regular Trains run between
Glasgow Central and Wemyss Bay.
Rothesay is popular for its Castle,
Marina, Discovery Centre with large Gardens
with Putting, and Bute Museum, all close
to the Ferry Terminal. St Mary's Chapel with a
Knights Tomb is a half mile south of the
centre, and Mount Stuart Mansion 4
miles south with regular Buses from
Map for top Attractions
Camping & Touring Parks in
The image top is of the Ferry Terminal and
at Wemyss Bay. This scenic little Station
opened in 1865, allowing passengers to get off
the Train and straight onto a Ferry.
The Ferry trip takes about 35 minutes with a
Cafe on board both Ferries. A Ferry departs
every hour from about 07.00 - 20.00.
The Marina and Guildford Square are by the
Ferry Terminal at Rothesay, with most of the
Shops and Cafes around the Square, also where
Buses depart. The Victorian
Toilets by the Pier are a top
Open Top Buses
run from mid May to September visiting the top
attractions on the Island, including Mount Stuart Mansion.
Rothesay Castle is a short walk up behind
the Square, with it being involved in Battles
with Vikings, English, Oliver Cromwell, and
once a Royal Castle of the Stewart's. The Town
grew around the Castle.
You can visit the Castle and explore its
Grounds, Rooms, watch a History Video, and
climb to the top for great views. Castle
The Bute Museum is
across the road from the Castle, giving
information on the Island.
Just north of Guildford Square is the
Discovery Centre with large Gardens, Fountain
and Putting. The Discovery Centre has a Cafe,
Museum, and 90 seat Cinema. This Building was
completed in 1924 as part of the Winter
The United Church of Bute with the small
Chapel, has a Knights Tomb from the 1300s,
possibly a Stuart.
Saint Mary's is about half of a mile from
Rothesay centre, up the High Street.
Rothesay was a top Hydrotherapy / Spa Town
from the late 1800s, where people would indulge
in Water Treatments in the top Hotels. The
Treatments from that time are now often
described as Torture.
This was one of the top Holiday Destination
for Glaswegian's from the 1850s, with regular
running from Glasgow to Rothesay in summer.
Inexpensive package holidays to Spain in the
1970s, led to Rothesay becoming a much quieter
Other top attractions on the Island are
Church on the south side of the Island, and
a hike to the top of 500ft St Blane's Hill by
the Church for great views all around. Map
Stones are next to the narrow Plan Road
leading down to St Blane's Church, across the
road from the small Airfield.
The Postcodes have links to Maps and
Bute Museum on
Stuart Street PA20 0EP
Victorian Toilets at The Pier PA20 9AQ
Loch Fad Trout Fishing
2 miles southwest of Rothesay centre PA20 9PA
Woodland Walks 8 miles north of Rothesay
Kames Castle 3
miles north of Rothesay by Port Bannatyne,
private with accommodation can be viewed from
the A844 roadside just northwest of the town
Gallery for Art, Gifts & Jewellery on E
Princes Street, Rothesay. PA20 9DL