The Bute: Wild and Free

Driving

Appreciate all of Bute’s untamed beauty on this Wild and Free route

This tour is 22 miles long, please allow at least 1 hour to complete it, excluding the time taken to enjoy the destinations along the way.

Explore stunning golden sand beaches beloved by locals and tourists alike, and secluded bays reigned over by native seal colonies. Absorb Victorian Bute’s passion for botany in one of its many garden estates – some of them home to the world’s rarest species of plants, flowers and trees. Don’t miss out on the volcanic cliffscape panorama of Dunagoil, which though it no longer bears signs of its Neolithic past, still presents an impressive spectacle against the skyline of the coast.

What you'll see

Winter Gardens Discovery Centre - Isle of Bute

Parks & Gardens

The Discovery Centre and Winter Garden is just a short walk from the ferry terminal and so makes a great starting place for visitors to Bute.

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Ardencraig Gardens - Isle of Bute

Parks & Gardens

The stunning Ardencraig Gardens, situated in Rothesay, were originally designed as part of the nearby Ardencraig House.

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Ascog Fernery - Isle of Bute

Parks & Gardens

Ascog Hall and its stunning Victorian Fernery is a fascinating day out, especially for nature lovers.

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Mount Stuart Gardens - Bute

Parks & Gardens

Mount Stuart is a Victorian rural manor built in the Gothic style and surrounded by 300 acres of gloriously maintained grounds and gardens.

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Kilchattan Bay - Isle of Bute

Towns & Villages

Kilchattan Bay is a small village on the south of the Isle of Bute which lies at the foot of a steep hill called the Suidhe Chattan.

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Dunagoil - Bute

Nature & Animals

Home to the vitrified fort of Dunagoil, the cliff and caves around Dunagoil provide a scenic background for imaginative adventurers.

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Stravanan Bay - Isle of Bute

Nature & Animals

Stravanan Bay itself is a fine sandy beach, more secluded than many of the better known beaches further up the west coast of the isle.

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Scalpsie Bay - Isle of Bute

Nature & Animals

Look out for resident wildlife when exploring the coppery sands of Scalpsie Bay, located on the west coast of Bute.

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St Ninian’s Bay - Isle of Bute

Nature & Animals

Also known as The Straad, St Ninian’s Bay is another small bay on the west coast of Bute.

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Ettrick Bay - Isle of Bute

Nature & Animals

Ettrick Bay is a stunning, wide sandy beach on Bute’s west coast.

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