My plans to visit Rothesay on the Isle of Bute were setback due to poor weather this morning but by early afternoon, the clouds had cleared and the sun made what can only be described as “a rare appearance” this week.
I caught the 16:00 ferry from Wemyss Bay over to Rothesay with the town’s castle my main objective for the day.
The Firth of Clyde’s waters were a gorgeous shade of blue as the big yellow object in the sky shone brightly upon it. As the ferry approached the island, I scoured the area for the castle but couldn’t see it. However the Glenburn Hotel makes a fine centre point for a photograph and it is captured in the image above.
Once Landed, the castle was a stone’s throw from the ferry terminal, which was where I headed immediately after departing the boat.
It was noticeable that there were no parking charges even around the town centre or the castle, which I found very odd when you live in Kilmarnock or in fact any west coast of Scotland town.
The castle proved to be a stunning ruin and worthy of the trip over. Dating back to the 13th century and was associated with the Stewart dynasty, this round castle is in remarkable condition.
The castle is surrounded by a moat so unless you fancy a swim, you should pay the reasonably priced entry fee.
I ventured around the quaint streets of Rothesay observing the shops, which in the main, appear to be small privately owned affairs, catering for the tourists. Once a haven for the Scottish holidaymaker, Rothesay has suffered like most local destinations due to cheap holidays abroad.
On the plus side, I found a shop selling Adidas Gazelle trainers some £17 cheaper than they are in Kilmarnock or Ayr. So I made the purchase and treated myself 🙂
I was dismayed to find that a few of those who had travelled over from the mainland, were of the drunken sort and did not help the town’s reputation at all. A Buckfast drinking ned having a swally on the ferry on the way over was followed by a dozen or so inebriated people at the other end, awaiting the ferry home.
Nevertheless, I saw no trouble from any of those visitors so I guess no harm was done!
The dark clouds could be seen over the mountains of Arran but the weather held for the duration of my visit.
My last image is the wonderful view over Loch Striven from Rothesay.