Nostalgia: Dancing by the sea at Bute beauty spot

Ettrick Bay was a hive of activity in the 1960s.
Ettrick Bay was a hive of activity in the 1960s.

For this week’s trip down memory lane we feature the old pavilion at Ettrick Bay, a popular haunt for many Bute dances and social events during the summer months until its destruction by gale force winds in January 1968.

The pavilion was built by the company which constructed the tramway from Rothesay to Ettrick Bay, and all-inclusive tickets were sold by the company covering the cost of getting to the venue and getting in to the dances

The building survived for more than 30 years after the end of tram services, and its replacement, the small cafe building which houses the Ettrick Bay Tea Room, is still going strong today.

Do you have any memories of dancing the night away in the Ettrick Bay pavilion - or any photos of the people, places or events of bygone Bute? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Just send a scanned image and the relevant details to If you have a hard copy, post it to The Buteman, 5 Victoria Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, PA20 0AJ. Please include a SAE for return of prints by post.