Scotland's Road Trips


The Coig - The Bute

22 miles / 35 km
Rothesay Castle – Ettrick Bay Beach

Only a 35 minute ferry ride from Wemyss Bay, the island of Bute is bursting with unique culture and history, hidden attractions and experiences. The Bute is one of five driving routes across the west of Scotland that form The Coig. Read on to find some of the best attractions to be enjoyed along the way.

  1. Rothesay Castle

    Visit the distinctive Rothesay Castle and discover a fascinating history which dates back to the early 13th century.

  2. Rothesay Esplanade

    A popular Victorian seaside resort, discover the charm and beauty of Rothesay and its esplanade.

  3. Victorian Lavatories

    If you find yourself caught short during your visit to Rothesay, head for the ornate Victorian public loos - an impressive throwback complete with mosaics.

  4. The Serpentine

    Check out a hidden gem in the heart of Rothesay - Serpentine Road - complete with 14 hairpin bends!

  5. Mount Stuart House & Gardens

    The iconic Mount Stuart boasts magnificent Victorian Gothic architecture, fascinating history and 300 acres of beautifully preserved grounds.

  6. Kingarth Standing Stones

    Mystery still surrounds the Kingarth Standing Stones, with only three of the original seven standing today.

  7. St Blane's Chapel

    Discover the fascinating history of St Blane's Chapel which sits on a site which can date its monastic roots to the 6th century.

  8. Loch Fad

    A Site of Specific Scientific Interest, Loch Fad is a large freshwater loch that runs through the middle of Bute.

  9. Scalpsie Bay

    Relax and unwind at Scalpsie Bay on Bute's west cost and don't miss the resident wildlife, including seals.

  10. Ettrick Bay Beach

    Enjoy the popular and accessible mile long Ettrick Bay Beach with its golden sands.

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