Bute is at LEVEL 1

Current Covid-19 Restrictions

Bute is currently under Level 1 Restrictions meaning that the majority of businesses and attractions can now open, with some social distancing requirements in place.

Tourist accommodation is available, and you may visit / stay in others' homes subject to 6 people / 3 household limits.

Up to 8 people from 3 households can meet in an indoor public covid-safe place, and up to 12 from 12 households can meet outside.

Please test before you travel! - FREE rapid flow tests can be ordered for delivery to your home within 24-48 hours and you are advised to take tests 3 days prior to travel and again on the day of departure. Call 0300 303 2713 to arrange tests.

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Information about forthcoming events on the Isle of Bute and in the surrounding areas

Due to the current pandemic situation and the uncertainties regarding public gatherings, please consider this information to be PROVISIONAL


for 14 days

These Days (exhibition)The Bank of Ideas

Exhibition featuring work by Rothesay poet Andrea Dow, Port Bannatyne film-maker Scott O'Neill and Rothesay artist Grace Siregar. A meditative look at the year under lockdown and a celebration of Bute's reopening.


Round Bute Race 2021Rothesay

Come along and take part in the Round Bute Race 2021! Taking place on Saturday 19th June from 8:00 until 19:00 latest, application forms and payment are available via the Bute Sailing Club website


Bute Produce Longest Day EventRothesay (Various)

7 great activities including bee safari, garden tours, food assembly, e-bike trials, and a community consultation on the future development of the Bute Produce site. Stalls and exhibitions.


for 3 days

ButeFestCANCELLED for 2021Ettrick Bay

Welcome to the magical world of ButeFest - a non-stop weekend of fun, family and cracking music on the magical and mystical Isle of Bute. Join our carnival of Scottish spirit, cracking bands, delicious grub and wonderful family entertainment which will delight every age group.


Bute Agricultural ShowCANCELLED for 2021Rothesay

Bute Agricultural Society are delighted to announce that subject to guidance in place at the time, the Bute Agricultural Show 2021 will take place on Wednesday 11th August. Updates to follow.


Bute Highland GamesCANCELLED for 2021The Meadows/Showground, Rothesay

2022 games date TO BE CONFIRMED

What better way to indulge yourself in the pure flavour of Scotland that to experience at first hand the magic of a Highland Games set on a beautiful Scottish Island? The wonderful and haunting music of pipe bands, the supreme expertise of highland dances, the prowess and strength of heavy event athletes, the energy of track runners and road race competitors, and to find out what shinty is all about!


Bute PrideRothesay

A celebration of diversity culminating in a parade along Rothesay Esplanade

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Welcome to Sheep Island!

Find out where our intrepid Bute explorer Colin and his friends have been recently!

Picture inviting a visit to Sheep Ialand

Spot the Sheep!