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Isle Of Bute: The Famous Russian Tavern

Time has stood still on the little known and rarely visited Isle of Bute in Scotland, yet it is easily reached by a direct train from Glasgow Airport to the ferry port of Wemyss Bay and a 35 minute crossing. A car is not necessary as the island has a good bus service and foot passengers only pay £6 return on the ferry.

There is plenty to help you chill-out and revitalize for big city life. There's golf, hiking, biking, horse-riding, sailing, fishing (both freshwater and marine,) and wildlife watching, all amidst exceptional scenery of islands, mountains, forest, and seascapes.
The island has the magnificent gothic masterpiece of Mount Stuart House, now open to the public during summer months, and surrounded by 200 acres of parkland planted with exotic species from all over the world.

Rothesay Castle dates from Viking Times (8th century) and part of the building can be explored. Behind the castle is the eclectic Isle of Bute museum with artefacts ranging from stuffed squirrels to penny-farthing bicycles!

Throughout the island is evidence of human settlement from 6,000 years ago. Most impressive is the petrified Iron Age fortified village at the south end of the island, and there are Standing Stones still aligned to where the sun will set on midsummer’s day.

The Russian Tavern is a stone-built village inn of 1725 A.D. at Port Bannatyne, a yacht bay towards the north of the island. The Russian family have a high reputation for freshly prepared exquisite Russian specialities.

The London magazine 'Time Out' rated the tavern in the top five affordable restaurants in Scotland. There are Russian wines, beers and vodkas, and kegs of local Real Ales on the bar and poured direct. There are four guestrooms, £64 for a double or twin including Russian breakfasts. Single occupancy costs £45. You will not be disappointed. For reviews and press articles simply Google 'Russian Tavern'

The Russian Tavern has 5 guest rooms. They are situated in the XVIth century cottage annex, on a quite side street overlooking the green. The price per night is £64 for a double or twin including Russian breakfasts. Single occupancy costs £45. You will not be disappointed. For reviews and press articles simply Google 'Russian Tavern'

The two ensuite rooms - a double and a twin have a separate entrance from the side street. The rooms have been refurbished in the winter of 2011 and are equipped with newly fitted shower rooms, TV, hair-dryer, and coffee making facilities.

The Russian buffet breakfast includes a healthy choice of cereals, fresh fruit salad, juice, yoghurt and honey, and freshly baked bread and croissants. A hot platter follows, consisting of stuffed tomatoes on salad, sausage, bacon rolls, sautéed potatoes and freshly baked wild fungi quiche.


Contact Details

Address: 37 Marine Road
Port Bannatyne Marina
Isle Of Bute
West Scotland
PA20 0LW
Telephone 01700 505073
Website: www.butehotel.com
   

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