The Isle of Bute, although lying in the Firth of Clyde and close to the main centre of population in Scotland, is often called ‘The Undiscovered Isle’. Many people think of it only in terms of the main town, Rothesay, once a thriving summer coastal resort, now rather run-down and tired. But beyond the town lies beautiful countryside, magnificent bays and a wealth of history – just waiting to be discovered!
Scalpsie Bay, on the south-west of Bute, is home to a populous seal colony, as well as having magnificent views over to Arran. It also holds thousands of years of history – from a Bronze Age barrow and Iron Age dun, to the water channels built by the 19th century engineer Robert Thom to power the islands then flourishing cotton mills and the “Russian Cottage” used during the Cold War to listen for possible Soviet submarines in the Firth of Clyde. But there is much, much more to this beautiful bay than this, so go and discover it for yourself!