Welcome to the Isle of Bute
Bute, also known as the Isle of Bute is an island in the Firth of Clyde on the beautiful west coast of Scotland.
Formerly part of the County of Buteshire, it now constitues part of the council area of Argyll and Bute. It´s resident population was 7,230 on the 11th December 2009.
Bute is divided into two by the Highland Boundary Fault. North of the fault the island is hilly and mainly uncultivated with extensive areas of forestry. The highest hill on the Isle of Bute is Kames Hill at 267 metres. To the south of the fault the terrain is smoother and highly cultivated although in the far south is to be found the island´s most rugged terrain around Glen Callum.
Loch Fad is Bute´s largest body of fresh water which runs along the fault line.
The western side of Bute is known for it´s beaches, many of which enjoy fine views over the Sound of Bute towards Arran and Bute´s smaller satellite island Inchmarnock. Villages on the western side of the island include Straad, around St. Ninian´s Bay, and Kildavanan on Ettrick Bay.
In the north, Bute is seperated from the Cowal Peninsula by the Kyles of Bute. The northern part of the island is sparsely populated, and the ferry terminal at Rhubodach connects the island to the mainland at Colintraive by the smaller of the island´s two ferries. The crossing is on of the shortest, less than 300 metres, and takes only a few minutes but it is busy because many tourists prefer the scenic route to the island.
The larger main ferries leave the town of Rothesay every hour and cross the Clyde to Weymss Bay, the journey takes around 40 minutes.