Things To Do

The Isle of Bute offers a wonderful range of activities to its visitors and the excellent island website has a wealth of information for those interested in walking, riding, fishing, golf, sailing, gardens and local history.

Art at Kames Castle Estate with Scottish Artist Ruth Slater, August 2019


Enjoy expert art tuition in the peace and tranquillity of a small, private estate on the beautiful Scottish island of Bute. The package includes six nights self-catering accommodation with 10 hours of art tuition. Tuition will take place in the unique setting of Kames Castle Estate & grounds:

Pencil sketching with tips & tricks
Watercolour techniques
Botanical drawing
Architectural details

The price per person based on two people sharing a self-catering cottage is £350. (Single occupancy premium is available - please ask for details). 

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Destination Bute: Escape, Explore, Discover with

Fáilte gu An t-Eilean Bhòid

Discover the Culture, History, Heritage & Wild Life of Scotland's 'Royal' Island with WildBute... and just 90 minutes from Glasgow!  Home of the Stuart Kings of Scotland with Castles, Early Christian Sites (150 yrs Older than Iona), Iron Age Forts, Standing Stones & Circles and Wonderful Wildlife.

WildBute offers a range of interesting walks, talks and tours on Bute.  For example, wildlife tours, visit of early Christian sites and a tour of Rothesay.  WildBute are also happy to provide custom made tours.  

Confirmed guests of Kames Castle Cottages will receive a £5.00 per person discount on WildBute tours.  Please contact for further information.

Wild Bute Video

For WildBute information and advice please call or text:  +447778117378 

Local Art and Art Courses
Ruth Slater is a contemporary artist creating truly unique art in various media from her purpose built studio on Bute's west coast. Ruth also runs Bute School of Art from her studio. Please consult her website to find out about her inspiring courses from her tranquil studio.


West Island Way

Opened in September 2000, this long-distance waymarked path – the first on a Scottish island – encompasses some of the finest walking on the Isle of Bute. The West Island Way crosses a variety of landscapes; seashore, moorland, farmland and forest, all providing a continually changing picture of Bute.

The route offers great opportunities to glimpse wildlife – you may be lucky enough to see a Basking Shark offshore at the south end, an Osprey over Loch Fad near Rothesay town, or a Red Deer in the north end of Bute. The Way also passes many highlights of Bute history – from the medieval St Blane’s Chapel at the south of the island to the abandoned townships in Glen More at the north end.


Adventure Park

Bute Cycling

Bute is a fantastic destination for cyclists. It’s big enough to offer a wide range of cycling options, but not too big that the main town of Rothesay is ever that far away. The short ferry journey means that it’s ideal for a day out with the bikes and it has some truly splendid views and scenery.


Waverley Paddle Steamer

Waverley is one of the world’s greatest historic ships – the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world – magnificently restored with towering funnels, timber decks and gleaming varnish and brass. You can see and hear the mighty steam engines as they propel the paddles that take Waverley majestically through the sea.  Waverley’s Scottish sailings will include trips to visit Arran, Dunoon, Rothesay, Tighnabruaich and Tarbert, with cruises of Loch Fyne, Loch Long and Ailsa Craig also on offer. A visit to the Western Isles with sailings out of Oban will also take place.


Explore beautiful Bute - bus tour
This open-top bus tour on the Isle of Bute offers visitors to this beautiful island the best way to discover all that Bute has to offer including its stunning gardens and wonderful beaches.This great, round-island tour offers visitors to beautiful Bute the chance to see the whole island while enjoying, interesting and informative commentary courtesy of our friendly drivers.


Local History and Genealogy