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Lying close to the mainland of west central Scotland, and only 15 miles long and 5 miles across at its widest, the Isle of Bute ('fire', or 'beacon fire' or 'victory Isle') is popularly described as "The Jewel in the Clyde". It has also been labelled "the first island in the Scottish Highlands" on account of the Highland Boundary Fault passing roughly NE-SW through the middle of the island - reflected in a dramatic contrast between the higher-lying and more rugged north and the lower-lying and gently undulating southern portions of the island. Not surprisingly the highest points on Bute are in the northern half of the island, and there are three points above 800 feet Windy Hill (911'), Kames Hill (875') and Kilbride Hill (836'). Panoramic views from these, and other high-point locations are simply breathtaking! The landscape also testifies to the processes of the Ice Age, with numerous glacial valleys, lochs, erratics and raised beaches. Bute's almost 80km coastline boasts five idyllic bays which are over 1km wide, and more than a dozen smaller bays and inlets.

It is the blend of contrasting coastlines and different landforms arising out of Bute's geological evolution, and nature's response to it, that provides the island with such a rich mixture of scenery.

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