|[Sea front gardens]|
Rothesay is the capital of Bute and its main ferry terminal, an exceptionally attractive place with the hustle and bustle of a thriving seaside resort but the intimacy of an island destination. The council is evidently proud of the sea front, from grand Victorian toilets (which even have their own information leaflet) to perfectly manicured gardens with palm trees and neat flowerbeds. The nearby Ayrshire coastal towns are hidden from view as the bay faces north, and instead all you can see across the water are graceful, lofty hills up in the wilds of Argyll. Moving away from the shore, Rothesay Castle dominates the centre; further east, Serpentine Road is worth a look (or careful drive) with over a dozen consecutive hairpin bends, more than Lombard Street in San Francisco.
|[View towards Serpentine Road from the castle]|
📌 Rothesay ★★★☆☆
Location (Discovery visitor centre): G.R.: NS 088648 ///begun.food.seagulls
|[Chapel, Rothesay Castle]|
Within walking distance
📌 Rothesay Castle ★★★☆☆
Description: Moated, circular castle with an impressive curtain wall dating back to the 11th century.
Location: Castlehill Street, town centre, G.R.: NS 088646 ///seagulls.zones.shippers
Open (2019): Daily, April to September; Saturday to Wednesday, October to March
Cost (2019): £5 (adults), £3 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members
📌 St Mary's Chapel ★★☆☆☆
Description: Small 14th century restored church formerly serving as the parish church for the northern half of the island.
Location: Townhead, 20-min walk south of the town centre, G.R.: NS 086637 ///removable.deal.newer
Open (2019): Daily, April to October; Saturday to Wednesday, November to March
|[View across Rothesay Bay to the hills of Argyll]|
📌 Ardencraig Gardens ★★★☆☆
Description: Beautiful walled garden owned by the council with adjoining aviary.
Location: Ardencraig Lane, Montford, a mile east of the centre, G.R.: NS 106647 ///symphony.explains.indulges
Open (2018): Daily, May to September
>> Ascog Hall Gardens and Fernery ★★★☆☆ (2 miles away)