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Bay Glenburn Hotel, Rothesay

Western Scotland

Bay Glenburn Hotel

Customer Rating: (24 Customer Reviews)

At a glance;

  • Set in an outstanding position on the Isle of Bute
  • Stunning views of Rothesay Bay and the Cowal Peninsula
  • Attractions include fishing, bowling, golf, Rothesay Pier and more
  • Leisure facilities include snooker and excellent entertainment

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Hotel information

Bute is an island paradise waiting to be discovered just off the west coast of Scotland. Explore its treasures from our impressive hotel built in1892 as a hydrotherapy retreat. Set in an outstanding position above its own terraced gardens, the Glenburn Hotel enjoys a superb panorama across the waters of Rothesay Bay to the Cowal Peninsula. Step inside today’s hotel and you’ll be greeted by spacious well-proportioned rooms in which to enjoy your stay. Socialise in the bar, escape to the quiet lounge, indulge in a game of snooker or enjoy a packed programme of evening entertainment in the fabulous new ballroom.

The town’s shops, harbour and medieval castle ruins are just a pleasant walk away and there is a wealth of outdoor pursuits on the isle; from fishing to bowling and from golf to walking. The hotel also has some guest parking for convenience.

This hotel has a car park with a limited amount of priority spaces, these can be reserved at £5.00 per day. There is usually some on street parking available and there is also a public car park nearby, charges apply.

Great for

  • Walking
  • Gardens
  • History

Bay Glenburn Hotel Superior Room

Typical Superior Room at Bay Glenburn Hotel

Our Superior Rooms are more spacious and tastefully refurbished, they offer luxurious beds, a 26 inch digital flat screen television. The spacious bathrooms have been refitted with shower over bath. These rooms also come with the facilities to make yourself a hot drink.

  • 26 inch digital flat screen television
  • En-suite bathrooms with shower over bath
  • Spacious rooms
  • Hair dryer and shaving point

Bay Glenburn Hotel Standard Plus Room

Just launched – our newly redesigned Standard Plus rooms make it even easier to relax in comfort and style. Features include attractive new decor, contemporary furnishings and flat-screen TV.

  • Flat screen Television
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • En-Suite
  • Hair dryer and telephone
  • The above image represents a typical standard plus room

Bay Glenburn Hotel Standard Room

Typical Standard Room at Bay Glenburn Hotel

Our Standard Rooms are charming and have everything you would expect. The rooms have digital televisions, tea and coffee making facilities as well as an en-suite bathroom. 

  • En-suite and WC
  • Telephone
  • Digital television
  • Shaving point

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Hotel Accessibility

Here at Bay Hotels we want you to have the best short break possible. We are happy to provide advice to guests with special needs who wish to take breaks at our Hotels. In order to avoid disappointment and/or misunderstandings, please contact us on 01942 496 507 to discuss any needs that you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you have single rooms?
    Yes, in most of our hotels.

  • Do you take dogs and pets?
    We do not allow dogs and pets into our hotels, with the exception of guide dogs.

  • Do you have lifts in all hotels?
    We have lifts in most of our hotels.

  • What time is check in time?
    3pm in the afternoon.

  • What time is check out time?
    10am in the morning.

  • Do you have smoking rooms?
    We do not allow smoking in any parts of our hotels.


Stay on the most accessible of the west coast islands. Bute is a real gem with serene lochs, undulating countryside, varied seascapes and abundant wildlife.

How to get there

By Car:


From the A8, turn left to join the A78 (High Street). This road leads to the Wymyss Bay Ferry Terminal, where a ferry run by Caledonian Macbrayne runs on a regular basis, (less frequent during the evening). The journey will take approximately 30 minutes. Once on the island, turn left on exit from the Ferry Terminal to join Argyle Street and Mount Stuart Road, where the hotel is located on the right hand side, reachable via Glenburn Road.


From the A815, follow signs for Dunoon, turn right to join the A886 following signs for Tignabruaich, Colintraive. At the Colintraive Ferry Terminal, there is a non-bookable service operated by Caledonian Macbrayne, which will take you to Rhubodach on the Isle of Bute (journey time approximately 5 minutes). Once on the Island, turn left to join the A886. As you reach Rothesay, join the A844 (Marine Road) as far as Mount Stuart Road, where the hotel is located on the right hand side, reachable via Glenburn Road.

This hotel has a car park with a limited amount of priority spaces, these can be reserved at £5.00 per day. There is usually some on street parking available and there is also a public car park nearby, charges apply.

By Train:

Service to Glasgow Central Station, then connection to Wymyss Bay, where you board the Rothesay Ferry. Rail enquiries to 08457 484950, Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries 01475 650100.

By Taxi:

Taxi Rank situated on the right hand side of the pier as you leave the ferry. Less than 5 minutes to the hotel.

Bay Glenburn Hotel

Bay Glenburn Hotel

Mount Stuart Road


Isle of Bute

PA20 9JP

Res: 01700 502500

Tel: 01700 502500

Local Attractions

The following places, attractions and things to do are easily reached from Rothesay:

  • Bute Museum
  • Mount Stuart House
  • Sea Loch Cruises
  • Rothesay Castle
  • Ardencraig Gardens

Local Insight

The Isle of Bute lies in Scotland’s Firth of Clyde, tucked into the spectacular sea lochs of southern Argyll. 15 miles long by approximately 4 miles wide Bute is less than two hours from the city of Glasgow. The island was a popular Victorian seaside destination, when the main town of Rothesay would be bustling with trippers who had come “doon the watter” during the Glasgow Fair and disembarked from the many steamers that sailed the Clyde.

  • Bute Museum
    Bute Museum is a fine looking collection located close to the centre of this community. It has a rich series of artefacts, documents, paintings, maps and other pieces of interest that have been collated in order to tell the story of the town, and the people that live within it.
    Visit their website

  • Rothesay Castle
    Rothesay Castle is one of Scotland’s oldest castles, it sits in the centre of Rothesay, and was built in a circular design in the 13th century by the Stewart kings, although it is claimed that a castle has been here since 1098, built by the Viking Magnus Barelegs. Surrounded by a moat and built on a mound (or motte), Rothesay Castle has undergone a chequered and interesting history, having been attacked by Norsemen, Roundheads and Argyll Highlanders over the centuries.

  • Mount Stuart Castle
    One of Britain's most spectacular High Victorian Gothic houses, is the magnificent architectural fantasy of the 3rd Marquess of Bute (1847-1900) and the Scottish architect Robert Rowland Anderson. The scale and ambition of Mount Stuart is equalled only by Bute's collaboration with William Burges to restore Cardiff Castle and Castel Coch. The profusion of astrological designs, stained glass and marble is breathtaking, and all combine to envelop the visitor in the mystique and history of the house. Fabulous interiors and architectural detail.
    Visit their website

  • Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park
    Situated on the beautiful island of Arran, Brodick Castle's history can be traced back as far as the Vikings. The setting is staggering - fronted by the sea, bedecked with gardens, surrounded by hills and overlooked by the majestic mountain of Goatfell. Imagine what it must have been like to live in this fantastic location, surrounded by fine paintings, antique furniture and precious objects, all of which you can still see today.
    Visit their website

Great for

  • Walking
  • Gardens
  • History


Entertainment Programme


Monday Evenings
Host Margaret Zavaroni

presents a full evening of cabaret and music for dancing
Tuesday Evenings
Gary MacKean

presents his own show and introduces
The Anne Mcilroy Scottish Dancers
Wednesday Evenings
Your host
Gary MacKean
entertains with music, quizzes and competitions
"Star Cabaret"
including some of the Top Tribute Artistes in the UK
Special Guest Piper
Robin Patrick
Thursday Evenings
Your host
Gary MacKean
entertains with music, quizzes and competitions
introducing Guest Cabaret Vocalist
James Knight
Friday Evenings
Our fabulous Resident Duo
Limited Edition
will entertain and play for dancing
Sunday Evenings
An evening of music and Cabaret with
Gary MacKean
PLUS selected fun filled afternoon events including Big Screen Horse Racing, Karaoke, Casino Games and More!


The entertainment programme advertised is subject to change for reasons beyond our control without prior notice.

Martin Berfman


rating is 4 stars

21 April 2014

A great place for a relaxing break

Really lovely hotel, well suited to our needs. We took parents and in laws whom have various difficulties and the hotel was very helpful and accommodated our needs, the only niggle is the rooms and bathrooms need modernisation, overall though a nice place to stay and the entertainment on Monday night (Brian Le Vell) was Las Vegas standard. We would certainly book again.

Jean Thomas

Holywell, North Wales

rating is 5 stars

10 April 2014

Great Place

Best staff, best break I’ve had great food outstanding staff can’t wait till next visit there.

Alan and Lillian McKenzie


rating is 4 stars

25 November 2013


Had a great weekend it’s our first time there and we will be back, paid extra for a sea view and it was lovely the room was comfy and the meals were great the entertainment was really good and staff great see you all again soon.

Sarah Chlechowicz

Stoke on Trent

rating is 5 stars

13 October 2013

Great experience

Not what we expected had a fantastic time the people were so friendly everyone made our stay a very welcoming stay. Very professional people!! The actual building is in need of a slight update but it's a beautiful building situated in a beautiful place well done to all at the Glenburn will definitely visit again

Mr C McAteer and Ms W Maule

East Kilbride, Glasgow

rating is 5 stars

1 October 2013

My partner and I have just returned from our second visit to "The Glenburn", we had a wonderful time. The meals were excellent they were hot and served with precision and very varied. The staff were very courteous and helpful nothing was too much bother for them. The room we had was one of the newer decorated ones and was very comfortable and spacious. Well done The Glenburn. We look forward to going back.  

Mr and Mrs Spence

Consett, County Durham

rating is 5 stars

13 July 2013

Great Holiday

My wife and I have just returned after a short break with National Holidays, and we had a fantastic time both at this lovely hotel and on this beautiful 'Island of Dreams' thanks to all the staff for looking after us, Rita who served our meals, what a pleasant young lady, many thanks to her and also the cleaners, bar staff, and the manager who met us when our coach arrived. The room was lovely, the meals great, and the lounge that looks over the bay was lovely great sunsets. Perfect full marks!!

Sheila and Helen


rating is 3 stars

22 June 2013

Glenburn Hotel

Lovely holiday on the Isle of Bute staying at the Glenburn, clean bed and bathroom, friendly helpful staff, good choice of food and varied entertainment. Hotel a bit tired in places a lick of paint wouldn't go amiss but that didn't take anything away from enjoying the holiday, would go again.

Irene Baillie and Margaret McDonald


rating is 4 stars

31 March 2013

Fabulous Time

My sister and I have been to the Glenburn many times. The accommodation and the staff were excellent. The new Ballroom is lovely. The weekend we were there it was Gary as Elvis and he was great, my only criticism is we were sitting at the back of the lounge because it was full which was fine but we could only hear him not see him which was a great shame as that was the reason we picked that weekend to go. Why on earth did he not perform from the stage and be seen by everyone?? DISAPPOINTED

Ann Davison


rating is 4 stars

1 February 2013

Great Holiday

Four of us have just returned from the Glenburn hotel Rothesay, We have a great time we did not have the best of weather but hey its winter, but what we did have was good food and entertainment. Gary as Elvis you are the best. Our waiters could not have been nicer especially Paul he looked after us really well. I must say I did ask for a sea view and that was a great one but I did feel the cold as no double glazing, what a shame, I was moved into another room no bother at all. WE WILL BE BACK >!!!

Mrs Gardham

Hull, East Yorkshire

rating is 3 stars

28 April 2012

Ticked all the boxes

We have just returned from a fabulous stay in this hotel. We had a basic twin room. It was spacious and very clean. Only complaint was the shower - It kept going from very cold to very hot and was difficult to adjust. The food was really nice with plenty to choose from and we enjoyed the waiter service who were very hard working and friendly. The décor is a bit tired in parts but the hotel has an old world charm which we loved and we certainly would go again.

Christine and Adam


rating is 5 stars

30 January 2012

Lovely Wedding!

Had a fantastic weekend at the Glenburn Hotel, Rothesay, we eloped To Rothesay and was married there on the 29th July  2011 we had a fantastic time and stayed at the Glenburn from Friday to Monday it was fantastic and we were looked after and spoiled the whole weekend. We were back in November for a weekend and we are going back in March 2012 that must tell you how much we love the Glenburn Hotel and all the staff. Many thanks Christine and Cameron Adam.

Jacqueline Coleman


rating is 5 stars

3 December 2011


34 people came to celebrate my Birthday and no one left disappointed, with the exception of Friday night guy entertainment, who will remain nameless, the rest of the entertainment was fantastic and even sang my favourite tunes and made my night, the food was superb, rooms were clean, we made lots of new friends so hopefully next time we come there will be more, yes we will be back x.

Calum Young

Tauranga, New Zealand

rating is 4 stars

8 November 2011

What a gem!

Brought my mother and 5 year old son here recently and cannot thank the staff enough for the excellent hospitality. The bar and restaurant staff were superb and we thank them for a wonderful stay. A hotel with real character. Nightly entertainment an added bonus. Thanks again for a great experience. Will return to Bute and the Glenburn for sure.

Lilias Brown


rating is 3 stars

13 May 2011

Great Time

Enjoyable. My sister and I went to Rothesay of the first time, it is a lovely place and the people are very nice. The Glenburn Hotel was great, food and entertainment very good, will go back. The hotel does need some paintwork done in certain parts. We didn’t have a good view as we were at the back of the Hotel. Next time we go, we’ll get a room at the front. The staff are all very nice.

Katie Coleman


rating is 3 stars

1 May 2011

Excellent Value for Money

Try to go to the Glenburn at least every 3 months (been 3 times since February) as we love Rothesay. This hotel offers excellent value for money, rooms are clean and staff are friendly. WE will definitely be back again – can’t wait!

Mr & Mrs Simpson

Huntingdon, North Yorkshire

rating is 4 stars

26 April 2011

Excellent, shame about the weather

We have just returned from an Easter weekend. From leaving home until arranging on Good Friday Evening and returning on Easter Monday we can both say that we had an enjoyable weekend. With regard to the food, everything was very good, more so in the bar, as the restaurant is very cluttered, The entertainment was good, with a special mention to Mac. The one minor drawback was the duty manager on Sunday evening, who is in need of charisma therapy. The reception staff are very good.

John Evans


rating is 5 stars

19 April 2011


Great staff, great entertainment, the chef’s choice of meals was amazing.

Patricia Ingenito

Como, Italy

rating is 5 stars

6 March 2011


We have just returned from a weekend at the Glenburn Hotel. My family come from the island and we decided to have a reunion there. We had a fantastic time. It may not be a five star hotel but without a doubt you get five star service. The staff were amazing and nothing was a problem. I can’t recommend the hotel enough!

Yvonne Smith

Widnes, Cheshire

rating is 5 stars

19 February 2011

Outstanding Value for Money

My husband and I have just returned from a five day trip to the Glenburn Hotel. What an amazing Hotel from start to finish, with clean and warm rooms, scrumptious food and friendly staff. Excellent value for money. A mention also to all your hardworking staff.

Elizabeth Owen

Ingoldmels, Lincolnshire

rating is 4 stars

28 December 2010

My Holiday

I would like to say a big thank you for the lovely Christmas I had with you. I am quite an old woman and I have been to quite a lot of hotels, but I don’t think I have been to a hotel where the staff were so very good. Our waiter was wonderful, could not pronounce his name, but did not need to as he was very quick to help us in any way. We were on table number two. A big thank you to our lovely driver, Harry, he knew all the stories about the island. The food was also very good.

David Parsons


rating is 5 stars

14 November 2010

A One-Off Visit

Making a habit of using the Glenburn Hotel, for a number of reasons. The "welcome" from the young lady on a Friday afternoon is inspiring. The extra paid for the room with a view was worth every penny. The staff were attentive and obliging. The food, adequate and well prepared. Rooms were cleaned each day and comfortable. Car parking was a bit of a gamble, but you learn to get there in good time. The Isle of Bute is as it boasts, undiscovered and so interesting. Such good value for money! Back Soon. Dave P.

Mrs Edgar


rating is 5 stars

30 October 2010

Our Stay at Glenburn Hotel

My husband and I stayed at the Glenburn Hotel in February this year, travelling with Shearings for the first time and we had a really lovely time. Our room was warm and comfortable and very clean.  The food was very good and with a good variety every night. The nightly entertainment was really good, we met some lovely people who we will stay in touch with. The staff were very nice and helpful, we would definitely come back again and can't recommend it enough. Excellent value for money.

Mrs Paisley


rating is 4 stars

29 October 2010

Great Time

Just returned from an amazing weekend break staying in the Glenburn Hotel.  Beautiful Building, rooms very clean, staff very nice and food lovely. Great value for money and so was "Cliff Richards".

Mrs Younger


rating is 4 stars

12 October 2010


First time I have used Shearing’s for a coaching holiday and I cannot recommend it enough! The hotel was lovely, with amazing views! Staff were polite and friendly, and very accommodating! We had a basic twin room, which was very clean and spacious. Food was a good selection, well prepared, plenty of it. Can’t complain about a thing, even the hotel entertainment was entertaining! What else can one ask for! Amazing value for money and will definitely return! Many thanks Mrs. Younger.

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