Scotland has many incredible beauty spots and tourist attractions, but there can be few stranger than the Victorian toilets on the Isle of Bute.
Today is World Toilet Day – an official United Nations international observance day on 19 November to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis – and to mark it, we celebrate one of the nation’s finest public lavatories.
Conveniences don’t normally feature in a list of things to see, but the Victorian toilets on the island are well worth a pee-k.
Commissioned in 1899 by Rothesay Harbour Trust, the loos on the Isle of Bute are a superb example of Victorian opulence.
It’s had five star reviews on TripAdvisor.
Iser MWSpear said: ‘Situated on Rothesay Pier, this beautifully preserved “gentlemen’s convenience” was saved from demolition some years ago. The porcelain urinals and toilet pedestals are particularly fine examples from a bygone era. For a modest fee you can wander around and marvel at the opulent fittings. Worth a “wee” visit.’
Q6147UWharrys from St Andrews added: ‘While waiting for the return ferry I noticed these toilets. 40p to go have a look round. That’s all I did, but these are active toilets none the less. Well worth putting your head round the door, as toilets go, they were beautiful inside.’
Wayne B agreed: ‘You need to visit these toilets whether you need to go or not, it is a real step back in time. It is worth all of £0.40 it costs.’
Wisest-old-man said: ‘We were well aware of this curiosity, but it still has to be seen to be believed. It shows just how popular the town was for away days for Glaswegians a hundred years ago. Definitely in contrast to how many of the town’s buildings look today.’
Yvonneryder concurred: ‘We called in to check these out. Their in brilliant condition and definitely worth a look. The lady in charge was lovely and made sure the blokes got privacy and the ladies got a chance to see them too.’
Madelaine453 concluded: ‘Love all things Victorian! These toilets were in pristine condition! Beautiful Victorian tiles and the sinks,taps! A must see for the history lover!’