An ancient village inn right by the fishermen's pier at Port Bannatyne. Five guest rooms; continental hospitality; freshly landed seafood including langoustine.
This place is of exceptional quality and thankfully very relaxed about it all... no tablecloths or pack-drill, just French quality meals, real ales, and Russian wines, beers and vodkas.
A mile long sandy beach and 200 seals close by. Be very nice to these good Russians they are providing a service unknown to Scotland! Along the seashore is a little marina and a pitch for playing Petanque.
Behind the village is a 13 hole golf-course with fabulous views over the water to islands, mountains and forests.
The Russian Tavern,
Seashore, Port Bannatyne, Isle of Bute, Argyll
Ferry for Bute leaves from Wemyss Bay on the A78 between Greenock and Largs. Direct train from Glasgow Central, and from Glasgow Int Airport and Prestwick Airport (RyanAir) RyanAir psssengers go half-price on the train.
North from Rothesay on the Isle of Bute is the village of Port Bannatyne around Kames Bay. Time has stood still. The little inshore fishing boats leave from the stone-pier catching crabs and langoustines. The bobbing yachts anchor offshore. The views across the water to the Argyll mountains are stunning. There are three pubs, and a great little cafe-cum-shop, and a post-office too.
Behind the village is an eccentric golfcourse with wonderful views, north and south. The little hotel sells truly fresh seafood, real ales and, astoundingly, Russian cuisine!
An absolute oasis in western Scotland.
Port Bannattyne is 2 miles north of Rothesay along the coast road on the Isle of Bute. Ferries to the isle leave from Wemyss Bay on the A78 at the mouth of the River Clyde (30 minutes sailing.) Wemyss Bay is linked by rail and bus to Glasgow Central station,Glasgow bus station,Glasgow Int Airport and Prestwick Airport (Ryanair.)
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