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We first visited Bute from our home in Glasgow on a cold grey day almost five years ago. It wasn't the greatest of first impressions. The Scots have the perfect word to describe the weather and outlook that day - dreich. Fast forward to an unseasonably hot Easter and Bute was in full bloom. The landscape was lush and green, criss crossed with weathered dry-stone walls. The bays were deserted and the crystal-clear sea was offset by bright blue April skies. We went swimming at Scalpsie - it was absolutely freezing - but we were sold. We've been island regulars ever since, along with our dog, Marko, who loves it. It's the perfect place to take your canine company.
When Tigh Na Ceol came on the market late last year it was too good an opportunity to pass. The vision was simple; clean, comfortable and unfussy with a focus on the beautiful landscape unique to the bay. Six-months and a crazy amount of DIY later, Tigh Na Ceol was welcoming guests. It's only a 30 minute ferry from the mainland, but Bute feels like an entirely different world. Make time for island living at Tigh Na Ceol.
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