United Church of Bute
Church of Scotland
The United Church of Bute
The United Church of Bute was formed in 1999 through the union of five island congregations - Ascog, Craigmore St Brendan's, Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay, North Bute and Rothesay High Kirk. The congregation has rationalised its buildings and now occupies a single church complex located in Rothesay and is part of the Presbytery of Argyll.
We are a
congregation of around 600 and one of two Church of Scotland congregations on
the Isle of Bute—our sister church being Rothesay Trinity with which we form a
Visiting the church building
Under the Scotland's Churches Scheme, the doors of the church are open every Friday afternoon from 2 - 4 pm during July and August to provide visitors and members with the opportunity for quiet contemplation and prayer, or just to see the interior of the church and have a cup of coffee. Rev Owain Jones, our minister, will also be in the church office on most Friday mornings from 10 am and will be pleased to allow entry to the church via the church centre door on the lower path.
The Isle of Bute is the second biggest of the four main islands in the Firth of Clyde and is 15 miles long and 5 miles wide at its widest point. The surrounding waters are fed by the Gulf Stream which keeps the climate very temperate—so mild that palm trees flourish on Rothesay’s sea front. The population of the island is just over 7,000—about 80% of the inhabitants live in the principal town of Rothesay and the adjacent village of Port Bannatyne. Smaller settlements exist at Kilchattan Bay, Kingarth, Kerrycroy and Straad, but most of the remaining population live on the island’s many farms.
Links to the Mainland
There are two ferries to the island. The main route is by car and passenger ferry from Wemyss Bay—a crossing which takes about half an hour, with sailings every 45 minutes at peak times. Trains to Glasgow meet most of the sailings. The link to Argyll is by a five minute crossing from the north end of the island to Colintraive