The Island of Bute

The scenic and historic island of Bute is over 24 km long (Buttock Point to Garroch Head) and at its widest extent 10 km wide (Craigmore Pier to Ardsclpsie Point ), with a varied landscape that incorporates the character of both the Lowlands and the Highlands. Part of the Inner Isles, and formally part of the Gaidhealtachd area of influence, Bute has a long historic history guarding the mouth of the Clyde from maritime invaders.

The popular Victorian island getaway has experienced several booms and busts that have stimulated several waves of migration. Presently the island is experiencing a wave of emigration with 10% of the population migrating from the island over the period 2001 to 2011. On the west coast of the island is the main conurbation Rothesay which has suffered from this emigration and indeed hosts two areas of social deprivation. In spite of the welcoming and friendly community that greets the visitor on arriving at the island, there is a need for wealth generation to stimulate the economy of the island.

The highest location on the island is Windy Hill with an elevation of 272 m. As suggested by the name, the island Bute has blessed with the potent and frequent south-westerly breeze. The island also shares with the Cowal Peninsular the Kyles of Bute which have a rapid and force full tidal current. Unfortunately the seabed topography, the potential passage of submarines, and the area being classified as a protected sea and landscape, inhibits electrical generation from tidal power.

Working through community owned renewable power generation projects, BCP aims to generate wealth and provide community benefit for the larger community.