Author chooses Bute as his base for ‘Scotland by bus pass’ tour

Graeme Murdoch waits for a bus in Rothesay's Argyle Street.
Graeme Murdoch waits for a bus in Rothesay's Argyle Street.

A former journalist with no prior connection to Bute has chosen the island as his base for a grand tour of Scotland - using only his free OAP’s bus pass.

Graeme Murdoch plans to write a book about his experiences travelling the length and breadth of the country - and about the people he meets, and the stories he discovers, along the way.

Asked why he chose Bute as his ‘base camp’, Graeme, who moved from Edinburgh to Port Bannatyne in August and plans to live on the island for the next six months, told The Buteman: “I started off working on the book by doing it in a linear style, but I soon found out that wasn’t going to work: I got off the bus near Melrose to take a photo of a field of yellow rapeseed, not realising the next bus wasn’t for another three hours.

“That left me not able to stay in a place long enough to talk to people and find out things. So I decided to base myself somewhere else and do it radially.

“My daughter suggested Dunoon. But I know a lady who lives in Glendaruel, and she suggested going to Bute instead.”

* Read more about Graeme and his travel - and writing - plans in the September 11 issue of The Buteman, on sale now.