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

Call Reception on 01700 501876


Bute Backpackers is a friendly independent hostel with panoramic views of Rothesay Bay and seafront. There are 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. There is also 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.

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  • Beds & Rooms:

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

    All year. 24hr access, no curfew. Reception 9am - 10pm
  • Price per night:

    £20pp dorm, £22.50pp twin, £25pp single.
  • Booking:

    Deposit only required for group bookings.
  • Directions:

    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.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks LEJOG Land's End to John O'Groats by bike
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aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
!Bike/equipment store (unlocked)
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
sComputer with internet
0VisitScotland Quality Assured
ZDogs by arrangement


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A gem of a hostel for a gem of a dive site

July 22nd 2021

Bute backpackers provides great value accommodation in Rothesay. Just a thirty minute ferry ride from Wemyss bay, home of the wreck of the SS Kintyre and a pipe all but made for diving…

Advanced dive groups will find this a real treat of a dive. The pipe sits at a max depth of 30m whereas the wreck itself drops to 45m and beyond, this is a challenging dive suitable for only seasoned divers due to the currents and planning of gas usage. It’s a long swim out to the Kintyre but prepared groups will be rewarded with a surprisingly intact steamer dating from the 1800’s, toilets are visible at midships (port side). More information is available from the people over at Freedom dive.

And of course staying nearby you’ll be able to scout and plan ahead of time, parking near the Red house (listed building) is advisable, as is exploring Bute while you’re there.

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The 5 Ferry Challenge

August 22nd 2019

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.

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A Paddle Steamer experience!

January 2nd 2018

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.

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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