The Town of Rothesay is the main settlement on the Island of Bute - a beautiful island in the Clyde Estuary on the West Coast of Scotland. The Island has a population off approximately 7,500 people and is linked to the mainland by two ferry services - the main one from Rothesay to Wemyss Bay on the mainland provides a three quarter hour service using two new vessels which carry 450 passengers and up to 60 cars each. Services start at 0715 in the morning and finish at 1945 hours from the mainland each day, although there are later sailings in the summer. There are good rail and bus services from Wemyss Bay north to Greenock and Glasgow and South to Largs and Ayrshire.
The second ferry service operates across the beautiful Kyles of Bute from around 0600 hours to 2000 hours, again with later sailings in the summer. This makes Bute one of the most accessible Islands anywhere in the UK.

Bute is well known for its Stately Home "Mount Stuart" on the east side of the Island. This is the seat of the Marquis of Bute and is open to the Public. The House and Gardens are easily accessible from Rothesay. This where Stella Macartney was married which resulted in many famous celebrities visiting the Island and were noted visiting a number of local hostelries.

The Island of Bute has good roads which allow easy access to the visitor and local alike. Views across the Clyde, across to the Cowal Peninsula, the Kyles of Bute, and the West coast looking across to the Island of Arran and the Kintyre Peninsula afford a wonderful panacea to the budding artist. Visiting artists
often comment on the special "light" we get here in Bute with many well known artists such as Jolomo, David Shepherd , Brian Large, Alison Clark, and Pam Carter to name just a few, having exhibited their paintings here in the local Castle Gallery and other shops in the town.
Yes, as this might suggest, Rothesay has a Castle too, located in the Town just behind the sea front - yet another subject for the budding artist to paint. There are endless possibilities for our Members to exercise and practice their skills.

The Club meets in the Pavilion on the Sea Front western shore and which itself enjoys great views eastward over the Clyde Estuary and overlooks the Bay - something we are privilaged to see every time we meet.

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