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Rothesay, Port Bannatyne and Anchorages Around Bute

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


None given


Admiralty, 1907 S.Bute, 1906 N.Bute

Rules & Regulations



No Particular Hazards. Tide can reach up to 3 knts in the narrow passages of the Burnt Islands.

Tidal Data Times & Range

+0100 Dover MHWS 3.6m, MHWN 3.1m, MLWN 1.2m, MLWS 0.6m Note: The flood tide enters W.Kyle and E.Kyle from seawards and meets up around the Burnt Islands.   (links)

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General Description

Rothesay harbour nestles in Rothesay Bay on the East side of the Isle of Bute facing north-east and giving perfect shelter from all westerly winds. Rothesay Sound forms the entrance to East Kyle and Loch Striven and is not at all far from the yachting centres of Largs, Inverkip, Holy Loch, and Rhu.

It is the main town on the island, a ferry terminal, and now offers safe and secure alongside berthing in the inner harbour and various pontoon options in the outer harbour ... read more


Entry to Rothesay Bay is straightforward enough, a well charted and lit heavy mooring buoy resides in the middle of the bay.

The town and harbour of Rothesay are at the southern end of the bay. The harbour itself is entered at its eastern side, take note of the red can buoy (Fl.R) marking shallows and leave it to port when entering. Best water closer to the E.Pier rather than the shore.

International traffic signals are shown, three vertical red lights mean that the harbour is closed to all movements, and three vertical green lights mean that the harbour is open. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Anchorages around Bute...anti clockwise from Rothesay...

Port Bannatyne Marina, Kames Bay

This is a newish facility having become operational in 2009/10. It is a small, but fully serviced marina with water and shore power (£2 per night) on all berths. It has a full range of marina services including an amenities block with coin operated showers but no laundrette. It is understood that there is a delivery service for laundry if required. There is no fuel available here but in extremis you may be able to get a lift into Rothesay for fuel. Calor Gas and Camping Gaz is obtainable but has to be ordered for delivery from Rothesay. The boatyard here has a small chandlery for essential maintenance items (no flash stuff like clothing and expensive electronics!) They charge £2.20 per metre per night (2017) which includes VAT. Compare this with the Holy Loch which charges the same per metre, offers a half price second night, and has free electricity and showers. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson | 18th Apr 2017
I reviewed these notes in April 2017. The price has gone up a bit in Rothesay whilst they are being held at Port Bannatyne for this year.
Port Bannatyne
Written by Sheila Harrison | 28th Apr 2015
Shore power is an extra £2 a day. Buses to Rothesay are every half hour or so.
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Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 10th Apr 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2015. Some prices have changed but little else has. Note that at Collintraive they now have a 60 ton mooring.
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 6th Mar 2013
The notes for the Isle of Bute were updated by Don T on the 6th March 2013. Facilities for berthing at Rothesay have been improved and the moorings in the bay removed. I have added navigational information for passage through the Burnt Isles where fierce tidal streams can be encountered.
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