Kayak Bute

Best Kayaking Spots on the Isle of Bute

Try Out One Of These Excellent Scottish Restaurants

Treat yourself to a meal at one of these excellent eateries!

No kayaking trip to Bute is complete without a hearty meal at one of these restaurants.

At the end of a long day of kayaking you’ll no doubt feel a little drained and whilst you could choose to fire up the cooking stove to make a rustic camping meal, you know that what you really want is a hearty cooked meal at one of Bute’s excellent restaurants.

Scotland is a country that is extremely proud of its food and that includes the tonnes of high quality seafood that is pulled from the Scottish seas each year, as well as the premier standard steaks that are produced from our cows. Whether we’re battering and deep-frying our fish with a punnet of  chips, or serving up a premium sirloin steak, restaurants in Scotland take real pride how they prepare and present their food.

Here’s a list of our favourite all out Scottish restaurants on the Isle of Bute – please make sure to contact the restaurants directly to book a table in advance, as many of these establishments are popular with both locals and visitors:

Harry Haw’s


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This is a true family favourite and that’s a sure-winner with even the most pickiest of orders. The food at Harry Haw’s is cooked with fresh ingredients and ranges from the traditional (Medallions of Scotch Beef, Haggis Stuffed Chicken) to the more inventive (Thai Coconut Veggie Curry, Pank Deep Fried Brie). For desert there’s something for everyone from a classic Knickerbocker Glory to Harry Haw’s Baked Camembert. There are only 38 covers at this restaurant, so it’s well worth book ahead.

Address: 23-25 High Street
Isle of Bute
Telephone:​ 01700 505857
Opening Times: Monday-Sunday: 12-9pm
Website: https://www.harryhawsbute.co.uk/

Kingarth Hotel Restaurant


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Billed as the only country pub in the Isle of Bute, although this historical building was renovated as recently as 2001 many parts of it date as far back as the late 18th century. Open for 364 days of the year, this is a restaurant that has become well known for its quintessential historical style and excellent home-style cookery. You can choose to eat in one of four different areas and choose from an extensive menu offering an extensive selection of classic pub grub dishes.

Address: Kingarth
Isle of Bute
PA20 9LU
Telephone:​ 01700 831662
Opening Times: Monday-Sunday: 12-11pm
Website: http://www.kingarthhotel.co.uk/



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We’ve already mentioned the quality of service that’s available at the Victoria Hotel, but it’s certainly worth mentioning that there’s also a fantastic restaurant on site where you can enjoy a number of excellently prepared meals including classic Cullen Skink, a full-blown Steak dinner, as well as a selection of gourmet style burgers.

Address: 55 Victoria St
Isle of Bute
PA20 0AP
Telephone:​ 01700 505411
Opening Times: Monday-Sunday: 10am-10pm
Website: http://www.victoriahotelbute.com/dining.html

Hiring Kayaks & Instructors: West Coast

Get to Scotland and get paddling!

Kayaking on the West Cost of Scotland is easy with the help of these businesses…

Arisaig Sea Kayak Centre

Mike Martin is the man behind Arisaig Sae Kayak Centre a professionally run outfit that offers a number sea kayak activities and courses to get stuck into. Mike holds the highest level of sea leadership qualifications in addition to a number of Advanced water coaching certificates making him a fully qualified kayak coach in any sea state. The Arisaig coastlines is famed for its turquoise waters and white sand beaches, all of which you can admire from the comfort of a sturdy sea kayak.

Website: https://arisaigseakayakcentre.co.uk/
Email: arisaigseakayakcentre@gmail.com

Sea Kayak Argyll & Bute

If you’d rather take to the water a little closer to Bute then Phil from Sea Kayak Argyll & Bute is the man to see. Phil takes dozens of organised trips out all across the world each year, in addition to offering specialist training in a number of areas such as Rolling, Outdoor First Aid and Sea Survival. Of course, a man such as this is in much demand and, as a result, he often finds himself booked for months so it’s best to get in touch with him as much in advance as possible.

Website: https://www.seakayakargyllandbute.com/
Email: phil@seakayakargyll.co.uk

National Kayak School

Oban is a must-visit tourist destination that should be on any visitor’s agenda, hiring a kayak from Sea Kayak Oban gives you the opportunity to experience this place from a completely different perspective. In addition to running their own independent sea kayak shop, the owners also offer day trips and courses for visitors hoping to see what this attractive part of the Scottish coast has to offer. Trips can be taken out to the neighbouring isles of Mull, Iona and Colonsay, to name a few.

Website: http://www.nationalkayakschool.com/
Email: info@nationalkayakschool.co.uk

Loch Goil Kayak Hire

Located right on the edge of Loch Goil you’ll find Carrick Farm, a peaceful place to stay that also offers kayak hire for up to 19 people at a time. There are a number of options open to paddlers keen to get a closer look at the stunning landscape including stable sit-top kayaks, open canoes and stand-up paddle boards for those looking to try something a little different. Although there are plenty of kayak options here, they do ask that any inexperienced paddlers stay within 50m of the shore.

Website: http://www.lochgoilheadkayakhire.com/
Email: kayakhire@carrickfarm.com