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You are ALL invited to a weeks sailing holiday - Port Bannatyne/Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, Scotland. Date set at Sat 11th Aug for one week.


Daily use of Isle Bute Sailing Club with small rescue boat.
Smaller boats/ less experienced sailing in bay in front of clubhouse.
More experienced – longer days sails with one full day to Tghnabruaich perhaps (with escort vessel).
Day off Wednesday and possible sail on SS Waverley
One other day (or evening) hiking/cycling as it’s a particularly good area ‘for that sort of thing’.


– find your own. Although people need to get together on this as ‘sharing’ is a distinct possibility. This is a holiday island and should accommodation is plentiful, but I suggest you get together ASAP and get places booked.

Getting there.

The club house is between Rothesay and Port Bannatyne. You will need to plan your route as you need to get a ferry from Wemyss Bay.

Heed this!

All this comes with a warning. This is Scotland, the wild untamed expanse of wilderness is further north than Moscow (not joking). See letter below. Those doing the longer ‘day sails’ both boat and persons should be capable of sailing tidal waters and understand the ‘Colregs’ for nuclear submarines!!!


What is the cost? There will be a small charge for the use of the club house and the rescue boats. The total will be divided by the number attending (adults and children and whether or not you used them).

Can I hire a boat? This maybe possible? The club does have it's own boats but you will need to discuss this with the Commodore (Alex McMillans Dad). This would be for you to arrange personally with them.

Can I camp/caravan? I am not too sure about camping sites. However, there are no caravan sites on the island. There are sites on the mainland coast and the ferry only takes a 30 mins so that is an alternative option.

Who can come? Anybody, not restricted to just HSC members

I am thinking of coming, what now? Well, email me with your intentions so I can add your name to the list. Seek accomodation or see if those going have space.


Letter we have recieved from Councillor Jim Findlay

I was speaking to John McMillan Commodore of Isle of Bute Sailing Club on Saturday and John told me of your Club’s plans for the summer. As one of the 3 Councillors for the Ward I would like to one behalf of our community welcome you to the Isle of Bute and hope that the Club members enjoy their visit.
I had a look at the Club’s website and read of the trip on the dedicated page and perhaps I can offer some useful input :
There is a Caravan and Camping site on Bute : Roseland Holiday Park : web page www.roselandlodgepark.co.uk This facility can accommodate touring caravans and camping. It also has Glamping Pods Glamping pods are also available at Ettrick Bay www.glampingbythebay.co.uk

You choice of dates may bring an unexpected bonus : Saturday 11th August is the Bute Highland Games weekend : www.butehighlandgames.org These take place in Rothesay Stadium about 10 minute walk from the pier. This year there is expected to be very busy with many pipe bands, due to the Pipe Band Competition Calendar, and the spectacle of the march out of the Stadium at the end of the day through the town centre is an event to be treasured.
The Highland Games sees many exiles returning to Bute and also many day and weekend visitors. This makes the ferries very busy and at the moment Cal Mac do not operate a booking system for this crossing ( 35 min crossing and hourly sailings ) and so the Club should plan travel accordingly. Friday all day and Saturday morning are the busiest time for traffic for the Games. You may just need to wait for the next boat.

I note that you suggest a sail on the PS Waverley : an excellent idea and a very pleasant day out. There is also Bute Museum, Rothesay Castle and Mount Stuart. In connection with house accommodation it may be that in addition to any lets found on tourist websites some members may be wish to rent a holiday property from Mount Stuart.

Finally the weather :
I have to offer to correct the comments on weather : August is warm, while we are at 55* North we benefit from the Gulf Stream and have palm trees ……Tighnabruaich dinghy sailing school and the Scottish Watersports Centre on Cumbrae offer dinghy and windsurfing courses all summer.
I attach , courtesy of Bute Natural History Society, weather data for the last 5 years, unfortunately not including wind speeds. However prevailing winds are W, SW and Rothesay Bay is sheltered from these winds.
The comments on easterlies are valid but easterlies are very unusual in August.
I hope the foregoing is of assistance to the Club and we look forward to welcoming you to Bute.
Yours sincerely,
Jim Findlay


  More info about the island ..here


  Looking over the Narrows with the  entrance to Loch Riddon off  to the right

 Burnt Island narrows - which are  'interesting' to sail around.

 Pics are from a tour around the island in a GP14 a few years ago (west side). Stewart