Doon the Watter to Rothesay and the Isle of Bute
'Doon the Watter' is the Glasgow expression for a trip down the Clyde, with Rothesay, the chief (and only) town on Bute its ultimate destination. Bute is strategically placed in the Firth of Clyde, commanding marine access to west-central Scotland. Its importance in medieval times is reflected in the fact that Rothesay Castle, whose impressive ruins still stand in the heart of the town, was one of the main power-centres for the Stewarts, the Scottish, later the British, royal family from 1371 till 1714. Early Christianity also knew how to exploit Bute's strategic position, with the important monastery of Kingarth, beautifully situated at the southern end of the island, first mentioned in the Annals of Ulster in 660.
The trip will be led by Dr Paul Duffy, of Brandanii Archaeology and Heritage, and will include entrance to the 13th century Rothesay Castle (with its uniquely circular curtain wall), a visit to the Bute museum (whose eclectic collections include early Christian sculpture and other archaeological material, including the ogham and other inscribed slates from Inchmarnock),and time to explore the Victorian holiday resort over lunch. In the afternoon a coach-tour round the island via Ettrick Bay (with spectacular views to Arran), will include a visit to the atmospheric ruins of St Blane’s monastery at Kingarth (Romanesque church and early medieval sculpture). Lunch own arrangements in Rothesay.
Arrive back in Glasgow (University Avenue) approx. 18.00.
Access: St Blane's is reached by a ten minute walk up a well-made path.
Please note that, due to ferry times, this trip will depart at the earlier time of 8.30am. Please assemble at 8.15am ready for prompt departure.
Cost: £35 (does not include lunch)