You’re bound to receive a warm welcome at one of these places…
If you’re thinking about booking a kayak trip to Bute then you’ll need somewhere to stay!
Whilst many paddlers come up to this part of Scotland to experience the outdoors up close and personal, not every one wants to spend a week wild camping, especially when they’re spending all day out in the elements. Thankfully, for those homebodies who are looking for a more comfortable experience there are a number of excellent B&Bs, hostels and hotels to give you a peaceful night’s sleep so that you can attack the next day with real vim and vigour.
Thanks to the relatively remote locations of these coastal communities it’s relatively rare to see any new builds cropping up. The cost of hiring survey equipment is so high that many developers have chosen to avoid building any new hotels in regional Scotland which has given local people the chance to monopolise on the gap in market. Make sure you book well in advance as many of these places are booked up during peak season.
The Bayview Hotel
Due to the aforementioned costs of developing new property in Bute, you’ll find that many of the large established hotels in the town have been around for quite a while. The Bayview Hotel was built in 1896 and has remained a fixture on the waterfront of Craigmore ever since. Whilst the building itself is old, the rooms have been updated over the years so that a stay here is far from an archaic experience.
|Address:||21-22 Mountstuart Rd
Isle of Bute
|Rooms from:||£36 for a single room, doubles from £72|
The Victoria Hotel
The Victoria Hotel is the perennial rival to the Bayview Hotel, similarly rooted in tradition and vintage style it’s a great choice for paddlers looking for a touch of luxury on their night out. This hotel has been thoughtfully renovated over the years, today it stands as one of the finest establishments in Rothesay and consistently attracts praise from visitors, as well as members of the industry.
|Address:||55 Victoria St
Isle of Bute
|Rooms from:||£60 for a single room, doubles from £98|
If you’d rather steer clear of the larger hotels then you can always choose to stay at the Ivybank Villa, a recently restored Georgian home that offers a small number of rooms, all of which come complete with a King size bed and Wi-Fi. A full cooked breakfast comes with every room and makes for a fantastic start to any paddler’s day.
|Address:||Ivybank Villa, Westlands Road, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, PA20 0HQ|
|Rooms from:||£90 for a double room and £55 per night for single occupancy|
Glendale Guest House
Located just a short walk from the town centre of Rothesay, Kier and Fiona own the Glendale Guest House B&B, a former holiday home that was built in 1860. There are ten bedrooms on offer here, all of which come complete with flat screen televisions and Wi-Fi. Breakfast is something of a speciality for the Glendale who proudly serve an impressive range of cooked and cold dishes including a full Scottish breakfast and Smoked Haddock Potato Cake with a Poached Egg.
|Address:||Glendale Guest House
20 Battery Place
Isle of Bute
|Rooms from:||£70 for a double room and £47 per night for single occupancy|