UK fine art landscape prints by David Ross

Isle of Bute, Scotland

Fine art landscape prints

A love-letter to the beautiful Isle of Bute



Bute is a remarkably diverse island, with the feel of traditional Victorian style resorts on the east coast, while the west coast is entirely different, with a distinct Hebridean character. The main visitor attraction on Bute is Castle Stewart, a striking Victorian mansion set in glorious gardens. For photographers, though, it is the west coast that will draw your attention. The wide curve of Scalpsie beach is home to a resident seal colony, and on sunny days the seals decorate the surface of rocks near the shore. But it is the south and south west of Bute that are my favourite locations for photography. Near Kilgarth is St Blane’s monastery, a ruined 12th century monastery on the site of a 6th century chapel. Within easy walking distance is Dunagoil hill fort. Descend from the hill fort to the shore at Dunagoil and you find an almost surreal jumble of rock formations, like a lunar landscape. This area has fantastic sunsets, and the rocks jutting out into the water make fabulous focal points for watching the sun going down amid an orange western sky.