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Port Bannatyne is a stone and slate built village around Kames Bay, which provides a safe haven for yachts and fishing boats. It is three miles from the ferry port of Rothesay in the north of the island, and at the start of the highlands. The major catch here is langoustines which are shipped off to Paris and Spain. There is a major yacht marina being built which should operate from 2009/10. On the seafront is a Post Office, a fish and chip shop, two pubs: The Anchor Tavern (a fisherman's bar) The Port Inn where youngsters play pool and local farms drink late-night, and The Port Royal Hotel which provides accommodation in four guestrooms, and has a bespoke seafood and Russian restaurant known as The Russian Tavern. The town has an active Petanque Club with a pich on the recreation ground near the new marina. Buses leave for Rothesay every half hour on the half-hour, and there is a bus into Argyll with connections to other islands at 8.15 each morning. In its present form the village was built by Lord Bannatyne to work a slate mine in the hills and ferry it from the habour to the exoanding town of Glasgow around 1805 A.D. Before that time the fishing village was known as Kamesburgh. Kames Castle was the home to the Bannatyne family at that time. Today it is occupied by the Scott family who have renovated the ancient keep, and provide holiday accommodation in cottages within their estate at the northern end of the village. Port Bannatyne has a completely different aspect, feel, people and pace from Rothesay just three miles away. Many people from continental Europe have bought holiday homes and anchor their yachts here.
Submitted by: On 2008-09-01
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