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.