30pm, 0044 170 050 4644, free) - at its best in spring and summer when its flower beds come into bloom - and Ascog
Hall (three miles south of Rothesay, 10am-5pm, www.
The top place to stay is Balmory Hall (left) at Ascog
(01700 500669, www.
Plants from around the world, including the Mexican Tree Fern and its sub-tropical cousins, also flourish at Ascog
Hall, where a unique garden of ferns is based on an original collection of exotic plants lovingly cherished by the hall's Victorian owner, Alexander Bannatyne Stuart.
Robert, who died on Sunday, lived with his parents Charles and Jacqueline on Mid Ascog
Farm, near Rothesay.
Pumping stations were built at various points along the east coast of the Island of Bute to transport the raw sewage to a high-tech treatment plant at Loch Ascog
His parents Charles and Jacqueline, who live on Mid Ascog
Farm a few miles from Rothesay, have been too upset to talk about the tragedy and are being comforted at home by relatives.
Robert McAlister was found by relatives after they became concerned when he didn't return to the Ascog
farm, a few miles from Rothesay on Bute.
20pm on Sunday af ter leaving his home at Mid Ascog
farm a few miles from Rothesay to bring cows into a barn for the night.
Chandlers, a new luxury hotel overlooking the sea at Ascog
Bay, is just a few minutes drive from the ferry terminal at Rothesay.
Less imposing but still pretty magical is the Ascog
Hall Fernery, just a short car ride from Mount Stuart.