It should really be called Isle of BEAUT!
Working full time in a jewellers as well as building a photography business means I never, and I'm not exaggerating here, never get two days off in a row. If I ever get a day off at all that is, as I always schedule photo clients around my regular job. With nothing more than luck, I had a Sunday off and then the following Monday, Tuesday as my days off in the jewellers. That calls for an adventure.
Armed with only our bikes, a rucksack each and a rail-ferry ticket, we landed in the Isle of Bute.
This hotel was almost like stepping back in time. It's such a grand and imposing building, it dominates the coast line in Rothesay! From wonderfully designed rooms to their incredible list of unusual gins – I couldn’t recommend it enough.
We cycled right round the island from Ettrick bay to Scalpsie Bay and back so I'm confident we didn't miss much. Mount Stuart asserts itself as "arguably the grandest house in the UK" and I thought, bloody hell that's a bold statement to make the cheeky buggers. Turns out - they're not wrong! Plus, it has a greenhouse and anywhere with a Victorian greenhouse is my cup of tea.