West Lothian Archaeology Group

Isle of Bute

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Aerial View

We visited the Isle of Bute in December 2008 to give a talk about the website and kite aerial photography to the Buteshire Natural History Society at Bute Museum.  We enjoyed our visit so much that we thought we should share the snaps we took with visitors to our website.  We would also like to thank Jeff Worrall of Rothesay for allowing us to display some of his aerial photos.

Visit Bute

Undiscovered Scotland

Argyll and Bute Council

The Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme

The Archaeological Landscape of Bute Available from BookSource 0845 370 0067 or as a free pdf: The Archaeological Landscape of Bute

Kite aerial photograph of Rothesay by Jeff Worrall  (click on image)

Contact details: Jeff Worrall c/o Springtide Private Studio, Battery Place, Rothesay, Isle Of Bute.


More Kite Aerial Photographs by Jeff Worrall

Kite Aerial Photography

  Remains of St Blane's Church



Our first visit December 2008

Bute Gateway

West of Scotland Archaeology Service

Interactive archaeological site map

Scalpsie Cairn (remains of), East of Dun Scalpsie  KAP  (3D model pdf 8.3MB) St. Ninian's Chapel  Infra-red KAP (Location)

With virtual lighting (Meshlab)

Stills from a near IR 3D model (pdf 8MB), formed by merging almost vertical images.

In the model: Ctrl+left mouse button to move image, left mouse button to rotate, wheel to zoom.



A shadow-relief animation by Jim Knowles.

Can be played with VLC media player


Rothesay Castle Cnoc an Rath  PAP
Dun Scalpsie


St Colmac's Church, built and endowed in 1836 by John, 2nd Marquess of Bute, as a Gaelic church for northern Bute; known as North Bute Parish Church from 1844 and St Colmac's from 1929; closed 1980.


Bute in December

View towards Rothesay from the ferry The Calmac ferry leaves Wemyss Bay
Wemyss Bay railway station clocktower; (2); (3); (4) Bute Museum (right), HQ of Buteshire Natural History Society whose Island Trail booklets are ideal companions for Bute exploration; Rothesay Castle wall (left)
View towards Battery Place View of the ferry from The Boat House at Battery Place (where a shore battery of cannon was placed as a defence against Napoleon)
Scalpsie Bay
West Princes Street, Rothesay Scalpsie Bay beach
War Memorial, Rothesay View towards Serpentine Road (right) reminiscent of San Francisco's Lombard Street
Always be ready for the unexpected on Bute! View towards Ardbeg from Rothesay
The ferry from Rhubodach crossing the Kyles of Bute on its brief trip to Colintraive Derelict pier at Port Bannatyne looking out over Kames Bay
From the Ardscalpsie viewpoint towards Scalpsie Farm and Dun Scalpsie.  Also nearby: Thom's Cut, constructed c1824 to carry water from the west of Bute to Loch Fad to power Robert Thom's Rothesay cotton mills View from the West Island Way across the Kyles of Bute towards the Cowal Peninsula
St Colmac's Church, late afternoon Ettrick Bay: a mile long beach facing Arran and Kintyre