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Once the beach resort of choice of fashionable mainland Glaswegians, the Isle of Bute remains a popular seaside destination, enhanced by the preservation of its authentic Victorian promenade. As Bute’s main town, Rothesay presents a well-manicured waterfront with glorious gardens and grand architecture – epitomised in the architectural masterpiece of Mount Stuart House and Gardens.
Alongside Bute’s preservation of its elegant 19th century past, however, visitors can look forward to experiencing an ethical, quirky island with a modern edge. Victorian shops have been turned into stylish boutiques and upcycled furniture emporiums. A vegetarian cafe offers an alternative menu composed of local fare, as well as selling guitars and books. There are also plentiful sea-front ice-cream parlours, as well as traditional old-style pubs.
The West Island Way runs the length of the island, providing waymarked footpaths through the hills. Hidden in the green folds of fields are relics from Bute’s Neolithic heritage for visitors to explore, whilst Bute’s many beaches offer ideal picnicking or rest-spots with breathtaking views across to Arran.