Stories from living on the Isle of Bute

Hiya we are Felicity Baird, Rhian McFarlane, Duncan Morrell, Ross Anderson and Craig Speirs. We are going to tell you about the Isle of Bute. First Felicity will tell you about how she is new to the island and what she likes.

I am Felicity and I have only lived on the island for approximately two years. I started at Rothesay Primary School in Primary 6 and I think it is the best I have been to so far. My first teacher was Mrs Spencer before she had to get an operation on her shattered knee which made her hip sore. She had to stop being a teacher and is now a substitute when she is needed. Everyone was sad she had to go but then we go another teacher Mrs Wheatly. She was kind but sometimes she shouted. At the time we had Miss Morss in the morning some days. I went to my music tuition with Mr Spencer during the morning. I was learning to play Clarinet along with Euan, Heather, Skye and Katie. It went on until our break finished. Once I had to go get someone a packet of crisps from tuck and I missed a couple of minutes of practice time. I am in Primary 7 now and my teacher is Miss Henry. She is the most fun teacher I have been taught by. I also like the island because it is very pretty. It is great for picture walks and for a nice relaxing holiday. I first holidayed here two summers ago and Roseland’s Caravan Park, it has caravans and one cottage you could stay in. My favourite beach on the island is Ettrick Bay. I have only been there once but it was awesome. I even found baby green jellyfish. That is why I like the isle of Bute. As it is very pretty.

I’m Craig and I’m going to tell you fishing .The best loch to go fishing is loch fad but at the moment It is infected with lice. I started fishing when I was five. I got my first fishing rod. J

Hi my name is Ross and I would like to tell you about the Golf courses on Bute. There are three golf courses on Bute they is the Port, Rothesay and Kingarth.

The best I would say is Rothesay golf club mainly because it is the only one that has eighteen holes. Bute has nine holes and the port there is twelve holes. J

My name is Rhian. On the island I went to ardbrannan riding centre which has loads of horses ….I visited it every Saturday morning. I learned about how to muck out clean, groom them and ride them. My favourite horse was Jimmy. He is a chestnut colour and very big. We use to ride through the bridle path, it was fun and I met lots of people there.

Hello my name is Duncan Morrell and I would like to tell you about the take-away places on the Isle of Bute. First we have the ‘West End Chippy’ in the Gallowgate which sells different suppers – sausage, pie or fish. We also have the ‘Jade Garden’ which is a Chinese restaurant. Another Chinese restaurant is the ‘Sea Dragon’. I learned some information about ‘Zavaroni’s’ on the front – the family moved here in 1903 and opened up three restaurants. They all sell ice-cream and chips!


Learning about Scotland and the Isle of Bute


On Bute there are various different sports like football, golf, shinty, kickboxing, cricket, horse riding & fishing. There is a football team called the brandanes & a shinty team called Bute shinty club. There are also lots of lochs on the island & various types of fish. In fresh water there is trout, pike, perch, roach, carp, bream, tench & in salt basking shark, mackerel, Pollock, cod, conga, salmon, sea trout, saith, whiting, wrasse. Right now all the lochs are closed unless you are a member because of lice. On the island there’s also 3 golf clubs rothesey, the port & Bute golf course. These are some of the most popular sports.

The National Animal  

You probably already know that the thistle is Scotland’s national flower, however what you might not know is that the unicorn is Scotland’s national animal. Since the reign of king Robert the 3rd in the late 1300s the unicorn has been a part of the official seal of Scotland. However when James the 5th of Scotland became king of both Scotland and England after Queen Elizabeth died in the 1603 both traditional loin and the Scottish became the traditional animals.

Irn Bru

Irn Bru is an orange drink that is fizzy. Scotland made it in 1901 so it is really old. It is a delightful drink the flavour is so unexplainable. The company who made this successful drink are named BARR. There are lots of really funny adverts that they have made they are so popular they are on YouTube

Jim McAlister, Scottish footballer – from Rothesay.

We are 5 P7 pupils from Rothesay Primary school. We are keen to learn and share information about Jim McAlister, from Rothesay.


Jim McAlister

Jim McAlister is a Scottish footballer from Rothesay, Isle of Bute. He was born on 2nd November 1985(age 29). He plays for Dundee FC and just got promoted into the SPFL (Scottish Professional Football League). We are interested in Jim McAlister because he is from Rothesay, he went to Rothesay Primary School and he has a little cousin in the primary called Robin McAlister. His former clubs were Hamilton Academical FC and Greenock Morton FC. Jim is a midfielder he has scored 24 goals altogether in his football career. Jim also likes playing golf; he comes over to Rothesay to play golf sometimes. Jim McAlister has 5 brothers and 1 sister.

By Ronan Hunter, Ryan Driver, Ashley Brown, Chloe Robertson and Sophie McLachlan.

Exploring Scottish activities and culture with P7s at Rothesay Primary School

Hi we are a group of pupils from Rothesay Primary School, and we are going to talk about activities in Scotland.

Highland Dancing
I go Highland Dancing every Thursday and Tuesday. I have lots of medals, to get medals you go to competions. You have to wear Kilts, your hair has to go in a bun. My kilt is a light blue with a dark blue waistcoat. I used to go about 3 years ago then quit, then my friends started going so I went back. I love Highland Dancing! The Highland Dances are: Fling, Swords Reel and S.T, the Nationals are: Lilt and Flora. I perform all over Scotland.

And now we are going to talk about a Scottish sport called Shinty. The Isle of Bute has a 1st team and a 2nd team, the first team are in the National Division, and second team are in the South Division 2. The under 14’s are in the South League. The 1st team Captain is Paddy Queen, second team’s Captain is John McIntyre. In Shinty, you can go up to the other teams half, and you can’t kick it but you can stop it with your feet. You can use your hand to save it if you’re in goals. Offside is you’re not allowed to get in the box before the ball or it’s offside. You can’t score from a free hit.

Sailing is a sport that you do in water and you need wind for the tip of sailing that I do. There are a lot of bouts at the island of Bute sailing club there are toppers, oppis, mirrors, lazars, bugs, flying 15, toper taz sailing is on a Wednesday and on a Sunday last year I won 3 trophies sailing is a bite boarding when there is known wind but most of the time it is good fun.

Highland games
Highland Games, which take place from Cowl to Tomintoul and all points in between, are a unique mix of the sporting, the cultural and the social. They usually comprise a programme of field and track events, piping and Highland dancing competitions and ‘ heavy events’ like the tug-o-war, the hammer throw and tossing the caber