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Rhubodach is a small settlement on the north-eastern shore of the Isle of Bute, Scotland.

Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Dialling code01700
EU ParliamentScotland
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The name Rhubodach may come from the Gaelic Rubha a’ Bhodaich which translates as old man's point or promontory or alternatively may be from An Rubha Bhódaich meaning the Bute headland.[1]

Rhubodach lies at the north of Bute on the A886 road. From here a small ro-ro ferry sails the short distance over the Kyles of Bute to Colintraive in Argyll where the A886 road continues to Strachur. The route, operated by Calmac, is reputed to be one of the shortest in Scotland still in operation. The issue of whether the ferry should be replaced by a bridge is one which reappears in various discussions about Bute's economy, however opposition stems from the resulting loss of Bute's "island status".[2]

Film actor and director Lord Attenborough owned Rhubodach estate for a number of years. [3] In August 2009 he placed 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) estate up for sale. A referendum carried out on 12 February 2010 showed 93% of islanders supported a plan land to buy the land for the community.[4] In January 2011 he sold the estate - which included a forest for the reduced fee of £1.48 million.[5]


  1. ^ Iain Mac an Tàilleir (2003). "Place names in Scotland" (PDF). Scottish Parliament. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 January 2005. Retrieved 1 January 2008.
  2. ^ Bridge to Bute 'only way to combat high ferry fares' (From HeraldScotland)
  3. ^ "Rhubodach". Who owns Scotland. 14 August 2005. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2008-01-01.
  4. ^ "Ballot backs Attenborough buyout". BBC News. 2010-02-12. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  5. ^ Johnson, Simon (23 Jan 2011). "Richard Attenborough seeks compensation after he is forced to sell Scottish estate at knock-down price". The Telegraph.

Coordinates: 55°54′50″N 5°9′38″W / 55.91389°N 5.16056°W / 55.91389; -5.16056