A sandy beach dominated by the Argyll peaks is a splendid setting for this large Victorian dwelling. R. Rowand Anderson built it for the third marquis of Bute (1847-1900), known for his learning and culture, mystical beliefs and passion for architecture. Don't miss the vaulted ceiling, studded with stars, in the main hall.
Address:Isle of Bute, PA20 9LR Rothesay
Price:12.65 £ (children 7.45 £)
information centre and gardens: Apr-early Oct 10am-5pm; house: Apr-early Oct: Mon, Tue, Thu 11.30am-3.30pm, Wed and Fri-Sun noon-4pm