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Day 15–July 1–Isle of Bute

We had planned a day trip to the Isle of Bute based upon the weather forecast, and were rewarded with a generally good day. Because of high winds, the ferries were running late so we had about an hour in the Wemyss Bay train station waiting for the ferry. It was actually kind of nice as the Victorian-era station is an architectural delight. We both took a lot of photos. The castle on the island is historically significant to the viking era, but only took an hour or so to tour the ruins. The highlight of the island was lunch at the cafe/pub Brechin’s on Bridge Street. The food was great. It was raining and we were the only customers, so we ended up having a long and enjoyable talk with the owners about island life, life in the UK, and life in general.

After lunch, we walked through town and along the beach to the Royal Bute Yacht Club. There were some sights that would could have seen, but we had already overdosed on castles and estates.

By the time we got back to Paisley, the weather cleared and we had both the time and energy to explore the wonderful Victorian-era fountain that was recently renovated.

This was another day when we appreciated good rain gear.

The Victorian-era train station in Wemyss Bay is beautifully maintained and offers many interesting photos.
Isle of Bute--Victorian Train Station and Ferry Terminal
We were castled out and opted to walk down to the Royal Bute Yacht Club instead of take a bus to another estate. The water is fairly shallow and has a lot of seaweed, so the keelboat class sailed here has heavily swept blades.
Isle of Bute--Sailing Club
On the ferry back to Rothesay, we were treated with a closeup view of the last surviving ocean-going paddle-wheel ship, the Waverley, which does escursion service from the Isle of Bute. The Waverley was built in 1946 by a preservation society.
Isle of Bute--Oceangoing Paddle Wheeler
The Paisley fountain is worth a visit, even if you are not necessarily visiting Paisley. It park and fountain were originally constructed by a thread mill owner to make the working-class neighborhood a little less oppressive.
Paisley--Victorian Fountain