Video: Beautiful Scotland judges visit Rothesay

Two members of the Beautiful Scotland judging panel visited Rothesay on Thursday to run the rule over the annual effort to brighten up the town.

Kate Stevenson and Lorna Mutch began at Rothesay pier at 11am and took in Guildford Square, Montague Street, Bridgend Street, the West Church, the Chapelhill rockery, the Pavilion, Ladies’ Corner, the Esplanade fountain and gardens, the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre, the Grow Bute allotments at Columshill, Bute Produce at Ashfield, Rothesay Joint Campus and Ardencraig Gardens.

Beautiful Scotland judges Kate Stevenson and Lorna Mutch (front) with David Rennie, Ailsa Cunningham, Joe McCabe and Jessica Herriot, who showed the pair around on their tour of Rothesay on August 1.C

Beautiful Scotland judges Kate Stevenson and Lorna Mutch (front) with David Rennie, Ailsa Cunningham, Joe McCabe and Jessica Herriot, who showed the pair around on their tour of Rothesay on August 1.C

Despite the unrelenting rain, the two judges remained upbeat by the time we caught up with them at Ardencraig - although the stunning floral displays created by local Argyll and Bute Council staff at the gardens were guaranteed to lift the spirits on even the most dismal of days!

Kate Stevenson said: “We’re looking for people to take a pride in their streets, in their premises - even just by keeping them clean.

“They don’t have to have floral displays, but if they do, so much the better.”

* We’ll have more on Rothesay’s Beautiful Scotland plans in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale on Thursday, August 8.