Hostel in Scotland : Backpackers self catering hostel on the Isle of Bute


Bute Backpackers Hostel, The Pier View, 36 Argyle Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, PA20 0AX

Bute Backpackers is a friendly independent hostel with panoramic views of Rothesay Bay and seafront. We have 45 beds with a mixture of single, twin, double and family rooms. The main house has a sea front sun lounge with dining facilities. The self-catering kitchen is very well equipped with 2 ovens, hobs and a microwave and also has dining facilities. Some of the rooms are en suite and there are separate male and female showers and toilets on each of our 2 floors. Other facilities include Sky TV, free WiFi and a laundry room. We also have a secure bike shed. There are regular live music sessions which include open mic for any budding musicians who may want to join the fun. VisitScotland rated as 4 star.

This accommodation is featured on our map of The Trossachs and Lochaber and here is its own website.
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01700 501876

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Rooms & Beds:

45 beds; 14 bedrooms; 4 family rooms, 4 twin rooms, 6 bunk rooms.


All year, 24hr access, no curfew. Reception 9am – 10pm

Price per night:

£25pp. £15pp (under 16).


Deposit only required for group bookings.


Turn right as you leave ferry and walk straight ahead for 200m past the Discovery Centre and putting green. Continue along Argyle St towards the Pavilion for another 250m and Bute Backpackers is on your left. By car turn right at the traffic lights at the end of the pier, continue for 300m to the mini roundabout, head straight on for a further 300m and the hostel is situated on your left just before the Pavilion.

Public Transport:

Train from Glasgow to Wemyss Bay Station and Ferry Port (40 mins from Glasgow Central). Then ferry to Rothesay, Isle of Bute. Hostel 900m from ferry or take a taxi (taxi rank adjacent to terminal) which costs approximately £2.50.

This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement and is available to individuals.

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Bute – The first Island in the Highlands

Bute – The first Island in the Highlands

Bute Backpackers offers value and comfort to all travelers and groups

Bute is the first Island in the Highlands and  Bute Backpackers offers good value comfortable accommodation to individual travelers and groups who have come to explore the Victorian holiday resort of Rothesay and this magical island.  Ideal for  walking, cycling or just taking it easy.   Other things to try are sea kayaking, golfing, fishing & country pursuits.  You can visit Mount Stuart House, Rothesay Castle and Museum  or perhaps you are walking or cycling the  West Island Way . What ever makes your holiday, come stay at Bute Backpackers.

The 5 Ferry Challenge

The 5 Ferry Challenge

The five ferry challenge is a 51 mile route over mountains and sea.

The 5 Ferry Challenge route uses 5 ferries and 4 cycle rides around the Firth of Clyde and North Kintyre.  Bute Backpackers at Rothsay is a great starting point.  Take the first ferry from Wemyss Bay on the Scottish mainland to Rothsay on the Isle Bute for nights rest at Bute Backpackers.  The next morning cycle across Bute to the ferry from Rhubodach on Bute to Colintraive.   The next leg can be taken through Inveraray where Inveraray Hostel  is available.  Or cycle straight on to the ferry from Portavadie to Tarbet on the Kintyre Peninsular.  The fourth ferry is from Claonaig to Lochranza on the Isle of Arran with a  final cycle ride from Brodick back to the Scottish mainland at Ardrossan.   The 5 Ferry route is a  challenging ride through some of Scotland’s most breathtaking scenery.

The accessible island experience

The accessible island experience

Rothesay on Bute, home of Bute Backpackers, is well known as a popular resort of the Clyde Steamers. The Waverley still sails doon the water in the summer, visiting Arran, Bute and Cumbrae.

The Waverley Paddle Steamer can be seen visiting Rothesay and Bute Backpackers provide a great base to explore the island.  Thanks to Brian Sutherland for the photo of the Waverley paddle steamer in Brodick Bay, Arran.


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