Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute

Bute is a beautiful island with a choice of berthing options, and the cultural gem of Mount Stuart is just a bus ride away.

Mount Stuart is Britain’s finest 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, an ancient stronghold of Scottish kings. Under the direction of the 3rd Marquess of Bute and his architect Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, this extravagant new house was built starting in 1877, and not being fully completed until the 1980s by the 6th Maquess of Bute. The cathedral-like style remained consistent, fusing powerful architecture with noble themes and lavish designs.

The flamboyant house and its 300 acres of gardens are open every day from March to October, and can be reached by a dedicated bus from Rothesay. As well as the house and the grounds, there is a restaurant and a garden centre.

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