‘Successful Bute vital for a successful Mount Stuart’, says Trust boss

Woodend, on the western shore of Loch Fad, is one of the properties on Bute being restored and refurbished under the Mount Stuart Masterplan.
Woodend, on the western shore of Loch Fad, is one of the properties on Bute being restored and refurbished under the Mount Stuart Masterplan.

The Mount Stuart Trust’s operations director says a thriving Bute is essential for the success of the island’s biggest visitor attraction.

Adam Ellis-Jones told Bute Community Council this week that the same also applied in the other direction - that a flourishing Mount Stuart is vital to the future wellbeing of Bute as a whole.

In a presentation which looked both at the Mount Stuart Masterplan - which aims to bring many of the Trust’s empty buildings back into use - and at the Trust’s future links to the community, Mr Ellis-Jones said: “Like everybody else our income relies on the tourism sector. Mount Stuart just hit 21,000 visitors this year, so we’ve got a real job in building visitors numbers for Bute.

“Unless Bute’s thriving Mount Stuart won’t thrive, and vice versa.”

* More from Mr Ellis-Jones in the November 27 edition of The Buteman - on sale now.