About Bute

Dykenamar offers a fantastic base for your visit to the Isle of Bute.

Lying close to the mainland of west central Scotland, and only 15 miles long and 6 miles across at its widest point, Bute is often described as "The Jewel in the Clyde". It has also been labelled 'the first island in the Scottish Highlands' on account of the Highland Boundary Fault which passes roughly NE-SW through the middle of the island.

Located in the Firth of Clyde and sheltered by the Isle of Arran, Kintyre peninsula and the Cowal peninsula, combined with the warming influence of the Gulf Stream that washes its shores, makes for a climate that is much milder than you may perhaps have anticipated. This is emphasised further by Rothesay Esplanade's legendary palm trees! Yes indeed, they need to be seen to be believed!

We could of course go on about how beautiful Bute is, but the Island is very privileged to have a dedicated website, Bute Gateway, which really is an internet encyclopaedia of the Isle of Bute. The website is a gateway to a wealth of fascinating information, and of links to additional information relating the Isle of Bute - the 'Jewel in the Clyde'. The site's content has been carefully structured into useful sections, with each section being further sub-divided to make browsing a more pleasant and productive experience. The website can be accessed through this link.

Images from across the island


There is much more information on the island available on the menu to your left, including outdoor activities, history of the island and events throughout the year.

Although Bute Gateway will tell you all you need to know about Bute, we have noted some of the highlights.  There are many activities and historic places of interest to visit. Just a few of which are shown below.
  • Spectacular Scenery

  • Sailing
  • Seal Colony at Scalpsie bay

  • Spectacular Cycling Routes
  • Day trip sails around Island & beyond

  • Fishing on Loch Fad
  • Island Tours in Open top bus

  • Bird Viewing hides
  • Golf (choice of 3 courses):
  • The Victorian Fernery
  • Kingarth (9 Hole)
  • Mount Stuart

  • Rothesay Canada Hill ( 18 Hole)
  • Rothesay Castle
  • Port Banantyne ( 13 Hole)
  • St. Blanes Chapel



As we said above, Bute has some fantastic weather year round and is known for it mild climate, however, don't take our work for gospel, please see the weather forecast for the next few days.


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