|Location Map ( geo)|
|Argyll and Bute|
Rothesay is the main town on the Isle of Bute and the county town for Buteshire, the historic county which covered the Clyde Islands. The town boomed in the Victorian era as a popular resort for day trippers from Glasgow, and also fell within the commuter belt for the more affluent families, with fast steamers connecting with express trains into the city centre. Today, the Isle of Bute still enjoys a good tourist trade, being a popular holiday destination, but despite this the more rural west of the island is largely tranquil with quiet roads winding through the fields.
The main road on Bute is the A844, which makes a loop around the island, passing along the shore through Rothesay and the ribbon development that stretches north to Port Bannatyne and south to Ascog. From the roadside, it appears to be a single town, but often it is just a line of houses between the road and the hillside behind. Even in Rothesay itself, the hillside can be steep, with the Serpentine Road zig-zagging sharply uphill from near the castle. There are two B roads stretchimg across the island from Rothesay, the B878 crosses to the west, and the B881 to the south, both meeting the A844 at their further end.
The Isle of Bute is reached by two ferries, the main Rothesay Ferry arrives at the pier in the heart of the town after a 40 minute, or so, crossing from Wemyss Bay on the mainland. It is then just an hours drive into the heart of Glasgow, traffic permitting! The shorter ferry crossing is the Kyles of Bute Ferry at the north end of the island, crossing on the A886 to Colintraive in Cowal. This may be a shorter crossing, but it is a lengthy drive to anywhere from Colintraive. The crossing is, nevertheless, well used, particularly in the summer tourist season.
|Port Bannatyne, Colintraive Ferry to mainland (A886)||A844 forms loop around island|
|Ascog, Kingarth||A844 forms loop around island|
|Wemyss Bay on A78|