Miscellaneous Places, Bute

"AUCHINCAR, a vil. the Isle of Arran, in the co. of Bute, Scotland. It is seated in the pleasant vally of Glenrosa on the western side of the island, not far from Mauchry Bay."

"CASTLE OF AIRD, in the island of Arran, in the county of Bute, Scotland. This extensive ruin is supposed to have been the work of the Danes, and is situated on a promontory a little to the north of Caradell Point."

"FAD, a loch in the island of Bute, Scotland, 1½ mile from Rothesay. It is about 2 miles long, and covers an area of 400 acres. It is screened on all sides by picturesque hills, and is much visited during summer."

"KAMES BAY AND CASTLE, in co. Bute, Scotland, 3 miles N.W. of Rothesay."

"KILDONAN CASTLE, in the Isle of Arran, co. Bute, Scotland. It is situated on the S. side of the island, opposite Pladda lighthouse, and is now in ruins."

"KILMARIE, a post-office station on the E. side of the Isle of Arran, co. Bute, Scotland, 4 miles from Lamlash."

"KILPATRICK, otherwise DRIMADOWN BAY, is a small bay situated on the W. side of the isle of Arran, and at the mouth of the Blackwater."

"KINGSCAVE, a large cavern 114 feet long, on the W. side of the Isle of Arran, co. Bute, Scotland, 1 mile N. of Drimadown Point. It is famed in story as having been the retreat of Bruce."

"KYLES OF BUTE, narrow arm of Firth of Clyde, between Bute island and Argyllshire; is semicircular in form, extends 16 miles from Toward Point to Ardlamont Point, and is noted for its scenery."

(John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887))

"Kyles of Bute, a semicircular belt of sea, for 16⅝ miles engirdling the northern half of Bute island, and separating that island from the Cowal district of Argyllshire. Connecting at both ends with the Firth of Clyde, it opens on the E, between Bogany Point in Bute and Toward Point in Cowal, with a width of 2⅛ miles; and suddenly expands, on the Bute side, into Rothesay Bay, soon after into Kames Bay; whilst, at a point 4 miles N of Rothesay, it sends off, north-north-westward into Cowal, long mountain-screened Loch Striven. During the first 5 miles it exhibits the character of a capacious and most picturesque bay, with outlook to Big Cumbrae and Ayrshire; but afterwards, for 6 miles, it curves gently north-westward and south-westward, with a varying width of 2 and 5 furlongs, and displays contractions and windings like those of a river, flanked by steep hills, rugged acclivities, and rocky eminences. In the N, where it makes a sudden angular bend, it contains Eilean Dheirrig and three other small rocky islands, and there is met by Loch Riddon; and from Tighnabruaich it curves south-south-eastward, with gradually increasing width, till, at Ardlamont Point, the south-western extremity of Cowal, it terminates with a width of 2⅜ miles, and becomes lost in the conjoint expanse of the Sound of Bute, Kilbrannan sound, and Loch Fyne. It displays, from end to end, in many styles, and with ever-changing combinations, a continuous series of picturesque and romantic views; and it is traversed throughout by the steamers plying between Greenock and Inveraray. The Queen passed through the Kyles on 18 Aug. 1847.—Ord. Sur., sh. 29, 1873."

(F.H. Groome, Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1882-4); 2004 Gazetteer for Scotland)

"MOUNT STEWART, a seat of the Marquis of Bute, in co. Bute, Scotland. It is situated on the E. coast."

"NEWTON, a vil. in the island of Great Cumbrae, co. Bute, Scotland, 2 miles W. of Fairlie, in Ayrshire. It forms a small portion of the bathing town of Millport, at the mouth of the Firth of Clyde."

"RANZA, a loch on the north-western coast of the Isle of Arran, co. Bute, Scotland. It is nearly 3 miles long by 1 wide, and is a fishing station."

"SCALPSIE, a bay on the S.W. of co. Bute, Scotland, 4 miles S.W. of Rothesay, near Ardscalpsie Point."