The Island of Bute is one of the most accessible of the islands to the west of Scotland. It’s no more than an hour from the centre of Glasgow and could easily make a couple of days added-on to a Glasgow business trip or shortbreak. The ferry crossing to the island is almost cathartic – it distances you from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. And as you arrive go and see those amazing Victorian Urinals – with which Tim begins the programme.
But Bute is primarily for walking and hiking and other outdoor sports like sailing. It’s main and quite brilliant star attraction is Mount Stuart Castle – built in Victorian times by the World’s Richest Man. It had the first telephone in Scotland – but who the hell was the Marquis of Bute meant to phone ?