NEWS

01.02.2012 - Less than Beautiful Bute?

The very thought of wind turbines usually has people writing to the paper to complain about visual affects and the death of tourism.

Bute is sold as Beautiful Bute and in many places, and many ways, it is. However, not everything in the garden is rosey...


The old Royal Hotel on the front is derelict



Rothesay's famous 'gap site' greets visitors off the boat



The (Listed) Rothesay Academy building is vacant and becoming derelict



The older school building is also in a poor state



The Creamery shut in 2010 with the loss of around 19 jobs



All boarded up now, the Island's 13 dairy farms send milk to Campbeltown 126 miles away!



On the Bute Estate Lochend Farm lies empty



As does Ambrismore Farm



And Meikle Kilmory Farm



And Galachan Farm



And Quohog Farm



St.Blane's hotel (once a nice spot for a beer) seems to be having problems



Behind the Hill of Ascog lie the sewage works...



And the waterworks. An entirely rural or part-light-industrial scene?



From Kilchattan Bay the big turbines at Dalry can just be seen in the sunlight.


Will the sight of three smaller turbines from Wemyss Bay really put travellers off from visiting Bute?