My wife and I stayed on the wonderful Isle of Bute 1st week in Aug 08, although I had resevations about the weather being wet as it can be in Scotland. We were suprised at the temp 24c, the first few days and even when it rained it was still about 19-20c.The locals are very "laid back" and extreamly friendly and will chat away for hours telling you all the places to visit and even telling you who to ask for in various restraunts and hotels, saying tell them "Jim" sent you you will get well looked after, and you did.
There is a large house open to the public called Mount Stuart which has wonderful gardens and walks for all abillitys. We stayed in Ardbeg about 1 1/2 mile outside Rothesay in a cottage and found a wonderful hotel ( Ardbeg Lodge, over looking the Loch Striven) near by that served a "High Tea" which was a fabulous 3 course meal, the food served to a very high standard and taste, I had a starter of Haggis in Whiskey sauce and main of Scampie and veg whilst my wife had a main of home made Steak pie, the portion virtually filled her plate and left little room for her veg. This was followed by a mouthwatering dessert of Chocolate cake, under £30 for the two including drinks. There are miles of wonderful beaches around the Island and Etterick Bay is just a short hop to the western side of the island, with a small but pleasent cafe where good food and ice creams are served. In short if you want a break were you can relax and chill out not to far from the madding crowd and costs about the same as the mainland you cant go wrong on the Isle of Bute