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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

Rothesay, Isle of Bute

The Isle of Bute - a great place to live

Looking across Rothesay Bay
Rothesay Bay

There are plenty of reasons why people should be attracted to the Isle of Bute.

The island has a variety of scenic locations, with low lying arable farmland to the south contrasting with high moorland at the northern end. Much of this is due to the Highland boundary fault which dissects Rothesay.

Beautiful Beaches

The beautiful bays of Rothesay, Port Bannatyne, and Kilchattan Bay attract visiting boats, while the west of the island has sweeping sandy beaches - Ettrick Bay, St Ninian's Bay, and Scalpsie Bay (the latter being the place to get amongst the resident seal colony).

Affordable Property

Affordable property has long been a feature of Bute, and attracts many to the island, either to live, or for the enjoyment of a second holiday home.

Rothesay is the main town of Bute, but there are chaming smaller communities and villages around the island, such as Port Bannatyne, Kilchattan Bay, Straad, Ascog, and Kerrycroy. Traffic is relatively quiet, and overall it's a safe place for families to raise your children.

Boats in Rothesay Harbour
Boats in Rothesay Harbour

Education & Health

There's a brand new school and college complex at the top of the town in Rothesay which looks after children from nursery age through to secondary education. Argyll College, on the same campus, caters for adult education.

Other schools are also in Rothesay and Port Bannatyne.

In the High Street can be found Rothesay's modern Health Centre. A dental practise operates in the town near to the harbour.


The island boasts three golf-courses, whose views must rank amongst the most scenic in Scotland. The Stay & Play scheme is perfect for visitors who wish to play on Bute's golf courses. Click here for more...

Other sports like Shinty, Football, Curling, Bowls, Horse-riding, Sailing and Kayaking are popular too. Rothesay Sports Centre has a popular swimming pool and also gym facilities.

Kames Bay, Port Bannatyne
Detail in wall

In Rothesay, there is a small cinema situated to the rear of the Discovery Centre, and the beautiful Pavilion - an art deco building that hosts concerts, and events, is also on the sea front. Other pubs and clubs provide entertainment also.

There is much to be recommended about Bute island life. It is particularly suited to those who may hanker for some isolation and solitude, without being too remote! Being able to enjoy the beauty of its surroundings, while at the same time remaining close to modern mainland conveniences, is a situation that few other islands offer. The Isle of Bute has been described as "Britain's best kept secret", and those visiting the island for the first time are often surprised by what they find. It maybe doesn't have the high profile of Arran or Skye, but it has as much to offer the tourist. Indeed, it is not uncommon for locals to hear the phrase from visitors, "Do you live here? You are so lucky!"