History on Bute

During your stay at Dykenamar why not take advantage of the fantastic array of historic locations across the island.  I have listed just a few for you below.

Mount Stuart House

Mount Stuart is Britain's most astounding Victorian gothic mansion. Home to the Stuarts of Bute, descendants of the Royal House of Stuart, this magnificent house sits proudly on the Isle of Bute - ancient stronghold of Scottish kings.

The flamboyant house and its 300 acres of gardens reflect the artistic, religious and astrological interests of the 3rd Marquess of Bute. More information is available here.

Rothesay Castle

Built to an unusual circular plan, Rothesay Castle had a long and close association with the Stewart Kings of Scotland.  The castle has some fantastic features including the curtain wall which is unique in Scotland in being circular. The four projecting towers were added after the Norwegian siege of 1263 with the great hall in the gatehouse (restored in 1900) now containing displays about the castle and its royal owners.  More information is available here.

St Blane's Chapel

The surprisingly extensive ruins of St Blane's Church lie close to the southern tip of the Isle of Bute. Built in a sheltered hollow near the top of a south facing slope, its site comes complete with beautiful views south to the Isle of Arran and its outlier, Holy Island.  More information is available here. 

St Mary's Church

During the 1200s the whole of the Isle of Bute formed a single parish served by St Blane's Church near the southern end of the island. But in the early 1300s a second parish was formed, covering the north of the island and the increasingly important settlement of Rothesay. This was served by St Mary's Church, Rothesay. More information is available here.

Ascog Hall Gardens and Victorian Fernery

Ascog Hall, with it's award-winning Victorian fernery and enchanting garden, can be found on the beautiful Isle of Bute.  More information is available here.

Black Park Stone Circle

The Stone Circle in Blackpark Plantation has only three stones left standing, the remains of a larger complex of seven stones now surrounded by forestry plantation. The location and functiion of these monuments is the subject of much discussion!  More information is available here.

Victorian Toilets

Only a stones throw from the embarkation gangway on Rothesay Pier lies the most impressive surviving Victorian public convenience in Scotland!  More information available here.


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