Campsites near Rothesay with horseback riding

The resort town of Rothesay is the gateway to the enchanting Isle of Bute/.

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7 top campsites near Rothesay with horseback riding

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West Highland Way Hotel & Campsite

46 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · Glasgow, Lanarkshire, South Scotland
A welcoming campsite on the West Highland Way
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Runach Arainn Glamping

3 units · Glamping1 acre · Kilmory, Scotland
A three-yurt luxury glamping site on the Isle of Arran, steps away from the beach
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Culdees Castle Estate Glamping

5 units · Glamping, Motorhomes17 acres · Perthshire , Scotland
Luxury woodland cabins, each with a private hot tub, in the grounds of a Scottish castle
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Ayrshire Airstream

1 unit · Glamping5 acres · Irvine, Scotland
A seriously comfortable 1978 Airstream, complete with a hot tub, fire pit and its own bar.
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Craigmarloch Lodge

1 unit · Glamping1 acre · Glasgow, Scotland
A high-end glamping cabin with a hot tub on the edge of the Highlands
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Cleghorn Farm

11 units · Glamping, Tents250 acres · Lanark, Scotland
*PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE ONLY OPEN FOR WEEKEND BOOKINGS FOR CAMPING. THE CABIN IS AVAILABLE FOR MIDWEEK BOOKINGS* Cleghorn Farm is a mixed farm just north east of the market town of Lanark. Comprised of 250 acres of fields and woodland and bounded to the south by Mouse Water, it is a beautiful spot to get away from it all without having to leave it all behind if you don't want to. The fields are grazed and cultivated but the woodlands are much as they were at the end of the last ice age with spectacular walks along Cleghorn Glen with the chance to see badgers, bats, deer and all manner of birds among the towering pine and beech trees. The Mouse Water (pronounced moose) tumbles down along the edge of the farm and has some glorious pools for swimming, shallows for paddling and some spectacular water falls before it joins the River Clyde.
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Muiredge

8 units · Glamping1 acre · Perth and Kinross, Central Scotland
Rural glamping in a converted railway carriage, shepherd's hut, or bell tent in blissful Scotland
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Campsites near Rothesay with horseback riding guide

Overview

Visitors making the short ferry trip from the mainland to the Isle of Bute arrive in the island’s principal town of Rothesay. While Rothesay is not quite the bustling holiday resort town it once was, over recent years the town has been springing back to life and many of its pretty Victorian-era buildings have been restored to their former glory. Before heading off around the rest of the island, visitors can explore the impressive Rothesay Castle in the centre of town and take a wander along the attractive seafront along Rothesay Bay. Campsites are limited on Bute, but wild camping is always an option.

Where to go

Canada Hill

Just behind Rothesay, the steep summit of Canada Hill views over Rothesay Bay to the Firth of Clyde and the Cowal Peninsula. Set on the hill, Roseland Touring and Camping Park is the only organised campsite on the island and has pitches for caravans, motorhomes, campervans and tents.

Ettrick Bay

On the west coast of Bute, a 10-minute drive north of Rothesay, the wide, sandy beach at Ettrick Bay has safe waters for able swimmers and paddlers. Nearby, you can see the Ettrick Bay Stone Circle and look for seabirds in the bird hide south of the bay. 

Mount Stuart

Four miles (six kilometres) south of Rothesay, Mount Stuart is a must-see. This Gothic-style 19th-century manor house is filled with art, imposing architecture and fascinating astronomy influenced ceilings. Leave plenty of time to explore the sprawling gardens.

Kilchattan Bay

Seven miles (11 kilometres) south of Rothesay, Kilchattan Bay marks the starting point of the West Island Way, a long-distance, waymarked footpath that takes you across the Isle of Bute, crossing a variety of landscapes, including seashore, moorland and forest, along the way. The five-mile (eight kilometre) Kilchattan Bay Circular is the first stage in the route and offers views across the Firth of Clyde to the Cumbraes, Arran and Ailsa Craig.

When to go

For your best chance of good weather, visiting the Isle of Bute between May and September is ideal. Visitor numbers are at their highest in summer, however, especially on weekends and during the school summer holidays. Autumn, particularly early September, is a good time to visit as it avoids the peak summer tourist season, while still having milder temperatures and longer hours of daylight. Winter visitors can be sure of a crowd-free (and chilly) experience but some businesses may be closed.

Know before you go

  • If you choose to wild camp, be sure to adhere to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. 
  • There is a limited bus service that can get you to most places of interest on the Isle of Bute. Cycling is also an option—you can hire a bicycle in Rothesayd.
  • There are a number of small supermarkets in Rothesay. However, bigger purchases should be made on the mainland.
  • The weather is always unpredictable. Even in summer, you should bring warm, wet weather gear.

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