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Rothesay, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Cheapest month:April
Most expensive month:November
Average price in Rothesay:$135/night
Cheapest price found:$63/night
Cheapest day:Friday
Most expensive day:Saturday
$87 - $393
Average price per night / 3-star hotel. Prices are not fixed and may vary with time.
$93 - $191
Average price per night / 3-star hotel. Prices are not fixed and may vary with time.

About Rothesay

Overlooking the Firth of Clyde, Rothesay is a historic harbour town on the Isle of Bute’s east coast. At its heart lie the 13th-century ruins of Rothesay Castle, which has been attracting visitors since the Victorian era. During World War II, Rothesay Bay was the home port of the HMS Cyclops and the principal training base for British submariners.

Things to do in Rothesay

Dominated by a 13th-century curtain wall and four round towers, Rothesay Castle is a ruined fortification that is considered one of the most impressive in Scotland. Built by the Stewart family and now managed by Historic Environment Scotland, it houses exhibits detailing the castle’s storied past and its royal owners. A highlight of visiting Rothesay Castle is walking around its duck-filled moat to admire the immense stone wall.

A short walk from Rothesay Castle is the Bute Museum where you’ll find displays dedicated to the island’s natural history and archaeology. Get up close to Mesolithic microliths and stone tools used by Neolithic settlers, as well as the bones and beaded jewellery of a young Bronze Age woman. The museum also features artefacts uncovered at Rothesay Castle, including a rare Viking sword from a centuries-old attack.

Rising east of Rothesay is Canada Hill, which can be accessed along one of Scotland’s windiest roads. Serpentine Road contains no less than 14 hairpin bends, providing a challenge for both motorists and cyclists. From the top of Canada Hill, there are sweeping views across Rothesay Bay and the town below.

Getting around Rothesay

Regular ferries travel to Rothesay from Wemyss Bay in Inverclyde, with trains connecting to Glasgow. Buses travel from Rothesay to villages around Bute Island, although cycling is the preferred way of exploring the island. Most of Rothesay’s attractions are easily accessed on foot.

Facts about staying in Rothesay

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  • What are the best hotels in Rothesay?

    Entire Apartment, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, rated with a score of 9.1 from 55 reviewers, is one of the most popular hotels in Rothesay. Other top stays include Cannon House Hotel, with an average rating of 7.3 from 492 reviewers, and One Marine Place, with a score of 8.4 from 170 reviewers.

  • What is the cheapest month to book a hotel in Rothesay?

    The cheapest month to book a hotel in Rothesay is March ($93). Conversely, the most expensive month to stay in Rothesay is June ($191).

  • What is the cheapest day to book a hotel in Rothesay?

    The cheapest day to stay in Rothesay is Thursday ($93). On the other hand, travelers can expect to pay the most on Friday, when the average nightly price is $191.

  • What are some other cities to stay in when visiting Scotland?

    In addition to Rothesay, travelers opt to visit Edinburgh when visiting Scotland. Glasgow is also a popular choice to visit.

  • How many hotels are there in Rothesay?

    In total, there are 82 hotels to choose from in Rothesay, compared to 31,268 properties in Scotland.

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