The principal port town and gateway to the Isle of Bute, Rothesay is a delightful harbour town steeped in history.
This smart seaside resort boasts a handsome seafront lined with spectacular Victorian buildings and impressive garden esplanade, which frames Rothesay Bay.
In Rothesay you won’t be short of things to do. Go behind the towers of Rothesay Castle to discover its intriguing past, learn more about the local history at Bute Museum, enjoy a cruise on the world-famous Waverley Paddle Cruiser, and pay a visit to the town’s unusual visitor attraction, the pier’s fabulously ornate Victorian toilets.
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Head ‘doon the watter’ for a memorable coach holiday break with Caledonian Travel to Rothesay.
With breath-taking panoramic views towards the Cowal Peninsula, Rothesay is one of the most scenic seaside resorts in the whole of the British Isles.
The resort is steeped in Victorian heritage, from its spectacular esplanade fringed with stunning Victorian architecture, right down to the ornate gent toilets on the harbour built by Twyfords in 1899 which have evolved into a visitor attraction in their own right. Don’t worry, ladies can enjoy a tour at set times throughout the day.
Rothesay’s history goes back much further than that, however. Hidden in the back streets of the town centre, you will find Rothesay Castle, a beautiful castle that endured two Viking invasions in the 1200s and has a long connection with Stuart kings. Discover more about its history on a tour of its mighty circular walls, eerie dungeons and lovingly restored Great Hall.
Delve more into the island’s past on a visit to Bute Museum, which features displays dedicated to the island’s natural history and rare items found during excavations at the castle, including a Viking sword.
Down on the seafront, the perfectly presented esplanade gardens are a great place to spend a leisurely afternoon watching the boats out at sea. Here you will also find Isle of Bute Discovery Centre, a state-of-the-art theatre housed in the ornate cast iron building of the former Winter Gardens, which feature many interactive displays and films about the island.
Rothesay also provides the perfect base from which to explore Mount Stuart, the grand Gothic home to the 7th Marquess of Bute, where you can admire its sumptuous interior and art collection
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