City Sightseeing Bute

Explore beautiful Bute

The complete Island Tour

Our 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.

All you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy fantastic views of the island while listening to commentary provided by our knowledgeable local drivers

The tour departs from Guildford Square in Rothesay and takes around 1 hour 30 minutes to travel around the island, returning to Rothesay.

It operates from 25th May until 24th September daily with regular departures throughout. 

Your ticket is valid for 1 day and can be used as a pass on West Coast Motors local bus services on the Isle of Bute on the day of purchase.

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City Sightseeing Bute

Famous for its glorious gardens and grand architecture, Bute is only 33 miles from Glasgow and is known as one of Scotland’s hidden gems.

It might be only 15 miles long by 4 miles wide but it packs a punch with lots to see and do on a visit! Take a look on the gallery tab above to see some of the destinations you can visit as part of our Open Top bus tour of Bute.

Its gardens include the Esplanade Gardens which greet you with a sea of colour as you step off the ferry in Rothesay and these combined with Ardencraig Gardens, Ascog Fernery and of course, the extensive gardens and grounds of Mount Stuart House all contribute to the island’s reputations for being home to glorious gardens.

For grand architecture you need look no further than Rothesay with the dramatic Rothesay Castle and, for gothic splendour, Mount Stuart House is one of the best examples in Scotland.

Rothesay and Port Bannatyne are ideal places to eat with a good range of cafes, bistros, bars and restaurants. And there is accommodation to suit everyone across the island – from hotels in Rothesay to small B&B’s and self-catering accommodation in remote spots, nestled on sandy beaches. Find out more about visiting Bute »

For a small island, Bute has many gorgeous beaches – from Kilchattan Bay to Scalpsie Bay – and outdoor activities such as walking, cycling, horse riding, bird watching and golfing are all popular.

Bute also plays host to many events throughout the year including its famous Jazz Festival in May.

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