Town of the Week Rothesay

Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland), November 12, 2000 | Go to article overview

Town of the Week Rothesay


Favourite son/daughter?

The most famous person to come from the island was tragic former child star Lena Zavaroni. Rothesay folk are proud of her, and many of her family still live there. There are moves afoot to create a memorial to her. Adam Crozier, the Scot who runs England's Football Association, was brought up on Bute. Director Lord Attenborough lives on the island when not making movies.

How to make local people think you're a local, too?

It'll be hard to get away with it as Rothesay is so small, but try referring to yourself as a Brandane - the little-known name for a native of Bute.

You get here, it's raining - what can you do with the kids?

Take them to the Bute Museum, which is small but has interesting displays about the island's unique geology and special activities for children. Adults are more likely to find the Mount Stuart house and gardens interesting. This stately home was opened recently to the public by the Earl of Bute and gets 30,000 visitors every summer.

Best place for a quiet drink?

The Black Bull Inn, 3 West Princes Street.

Shopping - individual and exciting, or faceless High Street?

You can get all the basics, along with some excellent antiques, crafts and souvenir shops. And, of course, there are plenty of bucket and spade shops.

Eating out, if you're paying?

West End Cafe, 3 Gallowgate - twice named the best fish and chip shop in Britain. …

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