Explore the beautiful Isle of Bute

Discover Bute in 7 stops.

The Isle of Bute Open-Top Bus Tour

Our open-top bus tour on the Isle of Bute is a great way to explore this beautiful island as all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the fantastic views.

The tour operates from late May until late September and regular daily departures leave from Guildford Square in Rothesay, just across from the CalMac ferry terminal.  It takes around 1 hour 30 minutes to travel around the island, returning you back to Guildford Square.

2020 tour tickets available now!

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Great Value

At around 1 hour 30 minutes, our tour allows you to see the best of the Isle of Bute at a fantastic price.


Top Class Commentary

Our open-top bus tour comes complete with commentary courtesy of our friendly drivers.


Stunning Scenery

Take in the breathtaking beauty of Bute on our open-top bus.

Explore historic Rothesay Castle

Hop off at stop 1 and discover the ruins of Rothesay Castle, once the Isle of Bute’s key defence against Viking forces. Dating back to the 1200s, the castle was built by the Stewart family with an immense circular curtain wall and four round watchtowers.

It played an important role in the Scottish Wars of Independence and the English Civil War, having been occupied by both Robert the Bruce and Oliver Cromwell’s forces. Learn about the castle’s history through an interactive display in the restored great hall.

Discover the grandeur of Mount Stuart

Hop off at stop 6 to visit the impressive neo-Gothic mansion, Mount Stuart. Built in 1877, it was one of the most technologically advanced homes of its time, being the first home in Scotland to be lit by electricity and reportedly the first home ever to have an indoor heated swimming pool. It was built as home for the Stuarts, Marquesses of Bute and descendants of Robert the Bruce.

In 2016, a genuine Shakespeare First Folio was discovered in the library. Soak up the grandeur of this historic mansion and then relax in its stunning grounds and gardens.

Hop-off at these top attractions

Rothesay Castle

Built in the early 13th century, Rothesay Castle is often described as one of the most remarkable in Scotland.

Port Bannatyne

A stunning coastal village, Port Bannatyne is well known for it's amazing harbour, yacht marina and 13 hole golf course.

Mount Stuart

A category A listed building, Mount Stuart House was designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson in the late 1870's.

Our tour departs daily - 10:30am, 12pm, 2:30pm & 4pm

Adults - £12       Child - £10       Concession - £10       Family (max 2 adults & 3 children) - £25