Rothesay is a classic Victorian resort on the Isle of Bute, in Scotland. It lies on the craggy coast of the Firth of Clyde with a backdrop of forests and hills, and spectacular views across the water towards Loch Striven. From your holiday cottage in Rothesay, the town centre will be a stroll away. The old town is centred around the ruins of a 13th century castle, with lovely gardens and unique architecture, such as the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre, a circular building of cast iron and glass, which is now home to a theatre and cinema. As you explore Rothesay’s seafront squares and art deco pavilion, it is easy to see why it is such a long-running favourite among Scottish holidaymakers. In recent years, the town has undergone an exciting regeneration, with Victorian shops turned into boutiques and upcycled furniture emporiums alongside traditional cafes and pubs. Look out for Musicker, a vegetarian café selling books and guitars, Print Point, a book shop where you can enjoy a good cup of coffee, and the Bute Brew Company for locally brewed beer. For the finest Bute meat, head to Macqueens butchers on Bishop Street. Nearby, Ritchie’s sells delicious smoked fish and cheese. The Isle of Bute is blessed with pristine sandy beaches, such as Ettrick Bay, a short drive north of Rothesay, through Port Bannatyne.
Rothesay self-catering holidays are hard to beat if you are looking for a base from which to explore Argyll and Bute, a land of shimmering lochs, rugged islands, golden eagles and whisky distilleries. It is a scenic ferry ride and drive through the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park to the city of Glasgow. Head to the West End for the best restaurants, pubs, galleries and museums. The isles of Mull, Jura and Islay, and the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park are all easily reached from Rothesay holiday cottages.