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Amazing views, minutes to Rothesay town centre, ideal for families and couples

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

A bright and fresh 2 bedroom apartment with fantastic sea views across the bay

Academy Apartment is one of 6 flats in a converted former manse, situated in a quiet street just up the hill from the town centre. Academy Road is quiet and well kept and sits within a conservation area with little traffic.

Your holiday flat is on the top floor of this 3 storey building - entrance from street level is at level 2 so there is one flight of steps from the entrance hall up to the top floor.

Thanks to the elevated position, the views from the front are simply stunning, right across to the Cowal peninsula and all the way to Loch Striven in the north.

The living room is spacious and light, and is open plan with the kitchen and dining area, which is situated at the front of the room, so you can enjoy the views and watch the ferries come and go whilst enjoying a relaxing meal. As the windows face east, the sunrises can be spectacular - definitely worth getting up early for during the summer months!

There are two bedrooms, one double and one twin. Please note that the twin beds are stacking beds. The bedrooms overlook Academy Road at the rear of the flat, and are quiet and comfortable.

For those of you travelling with dogs, just at the end of the road you'll find access to some great walks through the Skeoch Woods.

More Details

Katrina McDiarmid
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2018

Why Katrina McDiarmid chose Rothesay

Having spent what I remembered as idyllic holidays on the island as a child, when looking for a wee holiday hideaway, the Isle of Bute seemed to be the obvious choice. And I haven't been disappointed! The island is a great little place to unwind and enjoy a different pace of life for a while. I love the walks and beaches, whatever the weather! And if the weather sends you back indoors, there's no better place to spend an hour than down in the cosy cafe at Ettrick Bay, enjoying their outstanding home cooking. Don't miss their meringues!

What makes this apartment unique

It's less that 2 hours door to door from Glasgow, whether by car or public transport. There's a train every hour from Glasgow Central Station directly to the ferry at Wemyss Bay. The ferry crossing takes just over 30 minutes, and yet it really feels as if you're getting away from it all. Just a few days enjoying the amazing views from the flat and the sea air really recharges my batteries.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Rothesay in Argyll and Bute

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • town
  • waterfront
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom has WC, wash hand basin and bath with electric shower. Combi boiler provides plenty of hot water whenever you need it.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Two bedrooms, 1 with double bed and 1 with twin beds. These are stacking beds that can be put together to form one single bed. The bedrooms are bright and airy - guests all say they get a great night's sleep!
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • swimming
The Isle of Bute is great base for exploring the beautiful scenery of mainland Argyll by car, where you'll find a wide variety of great visitor attractions. And on the island itself, you'll find the must see Mount Stuart House, a wonderful Gothic revival stately home with fabulous grounds and a wonderful art collection. There's an open top bus tour of the island - Discovering Bute - a great way to see the whole island. A day ticket allows you to get on and off as you wish and also access to local bus service as well, so this is good value and offers a great day out. You'll find an interesting folk and social history museum in town as well as a mediaeval castle, with a moat and ramparts. And don't forget to take a trip down to Ettrick Bay - a walk on the beach to blow the cobwebs away then enjoy some good home cooking in Wee Eck's café down there. The meringues are amazing......!


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Amazing views, minutes to Rothesay town centre, ideal for families and couples
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Fantastic apartment and great area

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was great, the views were amazing. It had everything we needed and then some. We had our dogs with us, there were great walks all over the island for them. We had a great relaxing holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I absolutely loved my stay in this beautiful apartment. It could not have been better and I also loved exploring Rothsey. I'll definitely be back. No doubt at all.

Katrina was the perfect host. Lovely welcome and even fresh milk and bread awaited me. Thank you so much.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious, spotless and well equipped with fabulous views

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't praise this property enough, it was comfortable, fabulous views,, clean and fragrant with everything you could ask for. We had a great week there and would love to return and wouldn't go anywhere else. Full marks to Katrina the owner who was so helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A real Beaut

  • 5 of 5

This property is amazing. The view is fabulous. There is everything you would need. Parking is straight outside. A co op 3 minutes walk away. Town centre 5 minutes walk. It's so quiet. Bute is beautiful. Loads of beaches and woods. Definitely one of the best places we have ever been.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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That View!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about this lovely rental on the Isle of Bute. The island is a perfect holiday getaway, and the rental is even more spectacular than the photos display. Katrina is the ultimate hostess. She met me at the flat and explained everything to me. She was so helpful! If you can handle the steep hill (as Katrina says, you have to climb for the best view), Rothesay is a short walk away. There are great shops (18 East Gallery is my favorite), restaurants and extremely convenient bus service to all of the beautiful sights on the Island. I was there for a week and it seemed like five minutes -- albeit five very relaxing minutes! I hope I get to visit again soon.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your time on Bute and got to enjoy some great weather during your stay - always a bonus..... Look forward to welcoming you back to this great little island!
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magnifique, calme, sympathique. Appartement luxueux ayant une vue imprenable sur la baie

  • 4 of 5

super, nous avons eu beaucoup de chance de point de vue météo.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Glasgow Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Various in town centre
Nearest Ferry
0.3 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Wemyss Bay
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
A8 at Wemyss Bay
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Various in town centre
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Ettrick Bay
Car: not necessary

Argyll and Bute is one of Central Scotland's most beautiful areas, offering a very varied landscape of coast, woodlands and hills.

Often referred to as “The Jewel in the Clyde” the Isle of Bute is an area that draws people back year after year. Renowned for its beauty, and offering a variety of coastline, moor and woodland landscapes with some beautiful walks, the island has a mild climate due to its location on the Gulf Stream. Palm trees and many other exotic plants flourish thanks to these mild influences, and a wide variety of wildlife can be seen including deer and seals. Bute is steeped in history, with stone circles and chambered cairns, beautifully remote locations of early Christian sites, mediaeval Rothesay Castle, which is the ancestral home of a Royal dynasty and Mount Stuart House, arguably one of the finest examples of Victorian domestic architecture to be found anywhere in the UK.

The island is only 15 miles long and 4 miles across and is one of the most accessible of Scotland 's islands, less than 2 hours from Glasgow, door to door. Bute is also the ideal base to explore mainland Argyll, by simply hopping the 5 minute ferry from the north of the island at Rhubodach over to mainland Argyll at Colintraive, located on the Cowal peninsula. These ferry crossings are very regular and take only 5 minutes. From there, you're just over an hour away from Inveraray, where you can visit the Old Jail, stroll along the banks of Loch Fyne and enjoy lunch in the award winning George Hotel. And the drive is spectacular ! The Isle of Bute has some outstanding bays and beaches, the best of these are Ettrick Bay on the west of the island and Kilchattan Bay to the south. Walking on Bute is a joy, because of the varied landscape and the quiet roads and footpaths. The West Island Way was Scotland's first long distance island footpath, developed and opened in 2000 as part of Bute's events to celebrate the millennium. The path is 30 miles of way marked walking which runs in a circular route from south to north and takes in track, moor, forest and coastal walking. Opposite Academy Apartments, a flight of steps takes you up to a high road that will give you direct access to the West Island Way. You can do the route in sections and catch local transport back to Rothesay, or choose to do the whole thing in 2 days with an overnight en route. If you prefer to stay closer to base, there are some lovely marked walks in and around the town itself, for instance up Canada Hill to enjoy the spectacular views from the top! There's a selection of local walking maps and bus timetables in the apartment, along with lots of other local information.

For a more relaxing way to see the island, why not take a tour on the Discovering Bute open top bus. This departs from Rothesay town centre 4 times a day in high season (stops in September) for a round trip of the island. Enjoy lunch in the Ettrick Bay café, with its excellent home baked cakes (try the meringues!), take a long walk across this expansive beach, then catch the next bus to complete the tour. Your ticket is also valid on local buses for the same 24 hour period. Even in the off season, there is still an excellent local bus service serving the island.

During the summer months, the Waverley Paddle Steamer calls into Rothesay harbour on a regular basis. The Waverley offers a great day out, weather permitting, sailing from Rothesay up the Kyles of Bute to Tighnabruaich, or across to the Isle of Arran or to Loch Fyne.

The island is host to a wide variety of events and festivals, including the annual Jazz Festival, usually held early May, which is now one of the UK's leading jazz festivals and attracts visitors from around the world.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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