As a wedding venue, the Island of Bute offers an historical and cultural setting to rival any in Scotland.

Bute ('fire' or 'beacon fire' or 'victory Isle') is about fifteen miles long, about three to five miles broad, and covers 48 square miles. There are fine beaches at Ettrick Bay, Scalpsie Bay, and at Kilchattan Bay, and the scenery at Kingarth is particularly attractive. Bute was declared a Royal Burgh by Robert III in 1400, Rothesay is the main town on the island, dating mostly from Victorian times with its pier and Art Nouveau Winter Gardens of 1924 (now with a restaurant and cinema), and sweeps along Rothesay Bay and around Bogany Point.

The western side of Bute is known for its beaches many of which enjoy fine views over the Sound of Bute towards Arran and Bute's smaller satellite island Inchmarnock.

Some Points of Interest on Bute

Mount Stuart - The ancestral home of the Marquis of Bute. The house and grounds are open to the public between May and September. The current marquis, who also likes to be know as Johnny Bute is the former racing driver, Johnny Dumfries. The wedding of famous fashion designer Stella McCartney was held in the marble chapel at Mount Stuart in August 2003.

Prince Charles - Duke of Rothesay is a frequent visitor to the island. He last visited on 4th June 2008 bringing the ÔDuchessÕ Camilla to the island for the first time. He also was guest of honour at the Bute Agricultural Show in August 2006, spending several hours touring the showground, stopping to chat to exhibitors and members of the public .

Ascog Fernery and Gardens - Restored over a period of years and opened in 1997 this charming and impressive Victorian Fernery is the only one of its kind in Scotland. It has been replanted with fern species from around the world. Open mid April till Mid October.

St Blanes Chapel - In a beautiful and peaceful spot overlooking Dunagoil in the south of the island are the remains of St Blanes Chapel. St Blane was born on Bute in the 6th century, educated in Ireland and returned to the island to establish his monastery. The graveyard contains the graves of 7th & 8th century bishops and abbots.