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View of Former Steamer Pier, Port Bannatyne, Bute, from S

DP 137214

Description View of Former Steamer Pier, Port Bannatyne, Bute, from S

Date 22/5/2012

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number DP 137214

Category On-line Digital Images

Scope and Content Originally known as Kamesburgh, Port Bannatyne grew up as a fishing village to the north-west of the main town of Rothesay. However, during the 19th century, when Rothesay's popularity as a tourist destination and a pleasant place to live by the seaside was at its peak, the town stretched out to join up the coastal strip between Port Bannatyne in the north-west and Ascog in the south-east. There have been a number of quays servicing Port Bannatyne during its existence. This timber steamer quay on Shore Road was built in 1857 further east from the original fishing village. It was built to accommodate the rise in visitors to the island in the mid-1800s and when Port Bannatyne became one of the main stopping points for visitors. Steamers eventually stopped coming to Port Bannatyne once it was linked to Rothesay town centre by the horse-drawn tramway in 1879. The pier is now in a ruinous state with only weathered stumps of timber supports projecting from the water, and the stone/concrete landing platform where it reaches shore. Port Bannatyne's first quay was built of rubble sandstone in 1801, mainly to serve the local fishing fleet. Major repairs were carried out in 1962, when the quay was resurfaced with concrete. The area's popularity for visitors has been given a boost with the creation in 2009 of a new marina on its western edge alongside the boatbuilding yard.


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