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Port Bannatyne

Argyll and Bute

Lying 2 miles (3 km) north of the settlement of Rothesay on the island of Bute, Argyll and Bute, Port Bannatyne is a popular holiday resort and retirement destination. Located on the eastern coast of the island, it lies to the south of Kames Bay, to the north of the headland of Ardbeg Point and settlement of Ardbeg and offers views over the Kyles of Bute and up Loch Striven. Originally named Kamesburgh after the estate on which it was established, it was created by the Bannatynes of Kames as a planned village in an attempt to rival Rothesay. Kames Castle lies on the western outskirts of the village.

The noted surgeon Sir William MacEwen was born nearby in 1848. The bus garage in the village was the depot of the Rothesay Tramway, which became the Rothesay and Ettrick Bay Light Railway in 1905, but closed in 1936. A flotilla of X-craft midget submarines were based in Port Bannatyne during World War II.

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