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Holiday Trails is a trading name for Philippine Trails Ltd, 10a, Ardbeg Road, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, UK. Tel: 01700 502739

The Waverley Paddle Steamer, Rothesay, Isle of Bute

The Isle of Bute - a great place to holiday

The beautifully expansive Ettrick Bay
Scalpsie Bay, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Much in life has changed since the heyday of Victorian times, when the Isle of Bute was a highly popular seaside destination and Rothesay Bay was bustling with numerous steamers and other craft carrying holidaymakers down the Clyde from Glasgow.

Natural Charm

The island, however, retains its natural charm and beauty, and continues to draw visitors from not just the UK, but further afield, thanks to the international airports close by. These visitors soon appreciate Bute's laid-back pace of life as well as the friendliness of its inhabitants.
Bute has many hotels and guesthouses ready to cater for those who wish to stay. In Rothesay, the prominent Glenburn Hotel stands sentry over the bay, and accommodates holidaymakers who arrive by the coachload from several popular holiday companies.

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Smaller, stylish hotels, built by successful businessmen from the Victorian age share attractive seafront situations. Additionally, there are a number of self-catering houses and apartments, and even log cabins and caravans high on Canada Hill, which give breathtaking views of the Clyde, Loch Striven, and the Kyles of Bute.

The open-top bus passes a seal colony
Open Top Bus Rides

Additionally, there is hotel accommodation to be found at Kingarth, to the south of the island, as well as several other locations around Bute. Links to hotels, or other websites that have such information can be found on the "Local Links" page.

Loch Quien
Loch Quien, Isle of Bute, Scotland


Many people arrive on Bute content to just enjoy the scenery and peaceful way of life, or play golf at any one of the three scenic golf-courses,

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Others come to explore, walk the "Island Way", horse-ride, go fishing, or maybe take a trip on the Waverley paddle steamer, which visits on most days of the Summer months.

The Discovery Centre

The Isle of Bute has an excellent fascility in The Discovery Centre. This unique attraction is housed in the ornate Winter Garden on the Rothesay seafront, amidst imaculate putting greens and well-tended flower beds. Plenty of information is available to visitors, not least from the helpful staff, and a permanent exhibition promotes all aspects of the island. There is also a wealth of souvenirs, maps, books and guides available. To the rear of the Discovery Centre is Rothesay's cinema.