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Mount Stuart


Mount Stuart was the residence of the family of the Marquis of Bute and is a relatively recent building, having been started in 1879 to replace the previous building, that burnt down in 1877. The original plans for this enormous building, with its distinctive gothic architecture, were only completed in the late 1980's. 

The house is a lavish piece of self-indulgence by the 3rd Marquis, whose interests in astrology, mythology and religion are echoed throughout the design and décor of the building. You find yourself wondering if he might have been just a little bit eccentric. 

The Marble Hall and Marble Staircase really do have the “WOW” factor and we suspect J.K.Rowling might have stolen some of her ideas for "Hogwarts" from a visit to Mount Stuart.

You get to see a lot for your money, and there is a very stylish visitor center & café. We strongly recommend you consider Mount Stuart as a day trip option from Glasgow or Ayr.

Check their website for more details.


Isle of Bute PA20 9LR

Operated by:

Mount Stuart Trust

Opening Hours:

29th March to 14th April, open daily
15th April to 30th April, full site closed
1st May to 30th June, open Sunday to Thursday only (closed Friday and Saturday)
1st July to 31st August, open daily
1st September to 4th October, open Sunday to Thursday only (closed Friday and Saturday)
5th October to 20th October, open daily
The house is open from 11:30 - 15:00 for sel;f-guided tours
Gardens are open from 10:00 - 17:00.
Please Note: occasionally the house may close to prepare for functions. It is wise to call ahead to check (tel:01700 503877).


Adult £ 17, Senior £ 15, Student / Child £ 9.50, Family (2 + 3) £ 49






Yes, lifts to all floors.







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