When it comes to holidays, I like to completely escape from the everyday. I want to down tools, come away and refresh, reconnect and recharge those batteries. There are different types of holidays out there for families and whilst the girls have been young, we’ve steered more toward things that are accessible, have home from home facilities and are a steady pace. We also love to have the freedom to do our own thing. Living in Scotland means that we have access to some of the most breath taking scenery there is and we want to make the most of holidaying somewhere that is on most of the World’s wish list.
We’ve already done most of the cities and we’ve been North and West before, but never before have any of us leapt water and visited the Scottish Islands.
Thanks to Calmac Ferries, we had the chance to visit Bute, an Island just a half hour ferry ride off the West coast Scottish mainland. So accessible but the perfect amount of time to unwind and blow away all of the stresses of everyday (literally, if you step outside onto the Ferry deck!)
Arriving in Bute was an instant switch off… Once you smell that sea air and see the rolling Scottish hillsides, you instantly feel relaxed.
You can catch a round up of our trip in our cinematic edit:
Our Recommendations for Where to Stay & What to do in Bute
We stayed in the Lexington Apartments, just right opposite the Ferry terminal, so if you wanted, you could leave your car on the mainland. The girls were rather excited about the idea of bunk beds and Of course having our own space and facilities made it a home from home. It’s also perfectly located for a number of things to do and there is plenty public transport to take you round the Island.
We were walking distance from Bute Castle, which we sadly didn’t get to go inside (due to renovation) but this is opening again in December and until then you can make the most of the going around the outside and nipping to Bute Museum to catch up on the history of the Island.
The girls of course had swimming high up on their agenda, so we went to the local pool, which was blissfully quiet.
Another place worth a visit is Mount Stuart, a large country estate steeped in history. They run guided tours which take you round the grand house and then you can relax afterwards in the tea room.
Our most favourite thing to do however is go and explore the countryside and coast. We headed for both Scalpsie Bay and Rhubodach for breath taking scenery, as well as driving around the whole Island and discovering really remote places.
Disclosure – This post is in collaboration with Calmac, but all thoughts and amazing experiences are our own.