Kames Castle is a castellated mansion house on the Isle of Bute. On the shore of Kames Bay near Port Bannatyne, the castle consists of a 14th-century tower, with a house built on it in the 18th Century. The Castle is set in 20 acres (81,000 m2) of planted grounds, including a two-acre 18th century walled garden. Originally the seat of the Bannatyne family, Kames is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in Scotland.



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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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June Borland (2 years ago)
Fantastic grounds and cottage. Very secluded tennis courts golf and stunning scenery. Second visit in two years.Didnt want to leave...
Libby Jamieson (2 years ago)
Absolutely stunning setting ,everything we needed for our short stay ,didn't want to leave .
Sam Pryde (2 years ago)
Beautiful Cluth cottage within stunning grounds. Would highly recommend staying here.
Elaine Gathercole (2 years ago)
The Gate Lodge was simply perfect. It suited us to be away from the main complex, allowing privacy - but benefitting from access to the gentle strolls and facilities of the wider estate.The interior was cosy and well appointed. The location was marvellous - with beautiful views over the bay. Make sure you book via the owners rather than Sykes however, who behaved appallingly during the Covid pandemic, not allowing refunds and charging much more than in 2020. We made great use of the local bus service which passed by the door to avoid using the car and do straight line walks - including all of the West Island Way on the island. The landscape had great variety from the (somewhat boggy) moorland and forest in the north to the pasture land in the centre and coastal walks in the south. Ettrick, Scalpsie and Kilchattan bays were beautiful and the Kilmichael area was full of archaeological interest. We always birdwatch while walking and counted 67 species, including Osprey, Red Breasted Merganser and lots of Cuckoos. We didn't make use of local pubs or restaurants on this trip (except a couple of good Scotch Pies and buns at the Electric Bay cafe in Rothesay) - but did visit the Bute Museum on the one wet day out of 6 we were there which gave a good insight into social, archaeological and natural history aspects of the island.
The Ritchies (3 years ago)
We've just spent a very relaxing return visit to Blane Cottage. The cottage was spotless (as ever - thanks HHPS team), very comfortable and cosy. We felt very safe at Kames, in the cottage and around the estate, thanks to all the measures in place to protect guests. It's the perfect place to put aside any worries and enjoy peaceful, beautiful surroundings. Our dog loves it too. The walled garden is looking wonderful, especially the greenhouses, new paths and lavender borders. We highly recommend Kames and look forward to our next visit. .
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