Join us at The Gathering 2020 in Bute!

 Gathering 2020

Friday 1 to Monday 4 May 2020
Rothesay, Isle of Bute


We’re pleased that The Gathering 2020 will be held in Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute – hosted by Bute Ramblers, with support from fellow Ramblers volunteers.

The peaceful island in the Firth of Clyde offers a fine selection of walks, including many starting and finishing in the Victorian seaside town of Rothesay.

Travel to Bute

There are regular ferries to Rothesay from Wemyss Bay, which is served by frequent trains running from Glasgow Central station. You can also reach the north of the island using ferries from Colintraive on the Cowal peninsula. Cars are allowed on both ferries.


There is limited parking at the Hotel, and on street parking is also available. Our festival hub – The Glenburn Hotel in Rothesay – is only a short walk or taxi run from the ferry terminal.

Who can attend? 
Any member of the Ramblers who lives in Scotland can register, whether you walk with one of our groups or not. Sorry but we are unable to accommodate dogs at the Gathering. 
To take part in any of the activities over the weekend you will need to complete this Registration Form and pay the fee of £20 per person. Download the form here


This covers transport (when required) to/from walks and also evening entertainment over the weekend. Attendees should organise their own accommodation, food and travel to/from Rothesay.

The Gathering ‘hub’ will be at the Glenburn Hotel in Rothesay. A deal has been arranged with the hotel with a dinner, bed and breakfast rate for the three nights combined:

  • Double or twin room: £228 per room 
  • Double or twin room with sea view: £276 per room 
  • Double or twin with sea view superior: £312 per room
  • Single room: £165 per room
  • Single room with sea view: £195 per room

These rates are available now on payment of a booking deposit of 50% with the balance due on arrival. There are a limited number of rooms available in each category – so do book soon.  

The DBB rate will include a meal each evening from a restricted menu but does cover specific dietary requirements provided you tell them in advance. Bookings can be made by calling 01700 502500 quoting ‘The Gathering 2020’.  Other accommodation is of course available locally including B&Bs and a bunk house.

There will be a choice of walks on Saturday and Sunday. The leaders, back and middle markers will be volunteers from the local groups and will know the walks. 

They will be wearing fluorescent jackets or rucksack covers for ease of identification and group first aid kits will be carried. There will also be a walk on Monday morning to allow for departure home after lunchtime. As part of the weekend Jim Lawson will also lead Stroller walks.  

What’s new?
As the weekend is considered a member benefit and in line with changes suggested the intention of the planning group is to introduce on an incremental basis, some new ideas. 

We are still working on this at the moment but watch this space, as we will update this page with more details nearer the time. 

More details

Email Alison Mitchell or call the Ramblers Scotland Office 0131 472 7006.