A bright and fresh 2 bedroom apartment with fantastic sea views across the bay
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Why Katrina McDiarmid chose Rothesay
Having spent what I remembered as idyllic holidays on the island as a child, when looking for a wee holiday hideaway, the Isle of Bute seemed to be the obvious choice. And I haven't been disappointed! The island is a great little place to unwind and enjoy a different pace of life for a while. I love the walks and beaches, whatever the weather! And if the weather sends you back indoors, there's no better place to spend an hour than down in the cosy cafe at Ettrick Bay, enjoying their outstanding home cooking. Don't miss their meringues!
What makes this Apartment unique
It's less that 2 hours door to door from Glasgow, whether by car or public transport. There's a train every hour from Glasgow Central Station directly to the ferry at Wemyss Bay. The ferry crossing takes just over 30 minutes, and yet it really feels as if you're getting away from it all. Just a few days enjoying the amazing views from the flat and the sea air really recharges my batteries.
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This is a delightful Apartment, beautiful views and great location. We had a lovely time and thank you Katrina for the use of your lovely home. William/Jean & family.
Great break in a lovely apartment
While the weather was a bit hit and miss, we had a good break on the Isle of Bute. The apartment is spot on with fantastic views. It is well equipped and centrally located with the local supermarket a five minute walk. Plenty to see and do across the island. I am a bit biased as I grew up here as a child and it is always a pleasure to visit having left the island over 40 years ago. Visit and you won’t be disappointed
Enjoyed our week in this lovely apartment.
The views are second to none and the apartment is very comfortable and well equipped.
Peaceful location close to shops and restaurants.
No hesitation in recommending the apartment to anyone visiting Rothesay.
close to ferry and shops.
well appointed and very comfortable rooms.
the view from the main room is breathtaking.
would come again.
Rothesay om Isle of Bute
This apartment is in an ideal location. It overlooks the harbor area and there is always something to see. Close to shopping and dining as well as public transportation. There are numerous hiking trails available on the Isle.
The apartment was clean and roomy with all the necessary amenities. There is an onsite caretaker to handle check in and other questions about the area. The manager lives off property, but is easily accessible. I would book again.
Room with a view.
The main reason we booked the property was the photos of the view over the bay. I was pleased to find out when entering the apartment that the photos if anything didn't do it justice.
Fantastic place if were back over on the island we would want the exact same room.
Argyll and Bute is one of Central Scotland's most beautiful areas, offering a very varied landscape of coast, woodlands and hills.
Often referred to as “The Jewel in the Clyde” the Isle of Bute is an area that draws people back year after year. Renowned for its beauty, and offering a variety of coastline, moor and woodland landscapes with some beautiful walks, the island has a mild climate due to its location on the Gulf Stream. Palm trees and many other exotic plants flourish thanks to these mild influences, and a wide variety of wildlife can be seen including deer and seals. Bute is steeped in history, with stone circles and chambered cairns, beautifully remote locations of early Christian sites, mediaeval Rothesay Castle, which is the ancestral home of a Royal dynasty and Mount Stuart House, arguably one of the finest examples of Victorian domestic architecture to be found anywhere in the UK.
The island is only 15 miles long and 4 miles across and is one of the most accessible of Scotland 's islands, less than 2 hours from Glasgow, door to door. Bute is also the ideal base to explore mainland Argyll, by simply hopping the 5 minute ferry from the north of the island at Rhubodach over to mainland Argyll at Colintraive, located on the Cowal peninsula. These ferry crossings are very regular and take only 5 minutes. From there, you're just over an hour away from Inveraray, where you can visit the Old Jail, stroll along the banks of Loch Fyne and enjoy lunch in the award winning George Hotel. And the drive is spectacular ! The Isle of Bute has some outstanding bays and beaches, the best of these are Ettrick Bay on the west of the island and Kilchattan Bay to the south. Walking on Bute is a joy, because of the varied landscape and the quiet roads and footpaths. The West Island Way was Scotland's first long distance island footpath, developed and opened in 2000 as part of Bute's events to celebrate the millennium. The path is 30 miles of way marked walking which runs in a circular route from south to north and takes in track, moor, forest and coastal walking. Opposite Academy Apartments, a flight of steps takes you up to a high road that will give you direct access to the West Island Way. You can do the route in sections and catch local transport back to Rothesay, or choose to do the whole thing in 2 days with an overnight en route. If you prefer to stay closer to base, there are some lovely marked walks in and around the town itself, for instance up Canada Hill to enjoy the spectacular views from the top! There's a selection of local walking maps and bus timetables in the apartment, along with lots of other local information.
For a more relaxing way to see the island, why not take a tour on the Discovering Bute open top bus. This departs from Rothesay town centre 4 times a day in high season (stops in September) for a round trip of the island. Enjoy lunch in the Ettrick Bay café, with its excellent home baked cakes (try the meringues!), take a long walk across this expansive beach, then catch the next bus to complete the tour. Your ticket is also valid on local buses for the same 24 hour period. Even in the off season, there is still an excellent local bus service serving the island.
During the summer months, the Waverley Paddle Steamer calls into Rothesay harbour on a regular basis. The Waverley offers a great day out, weather permitting, sailing from Rothesay up the Kyles of Bute to Tighnabruaich, or across to the Isle of Arran or to Loch Fyne.
The island is host to a wide variety of events and festivals, including the annual Jazz Festival, usually held early May, which is now one of the UK's leading jazz festivals and attracts visitors from around the world.