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Michael Murray 27-Oct-2021 19:59
Excellent collection Zak....
Guest 05-Mar-2017 11:27
Quality pictures of the Gypsey Race Zak,John.
Ray Rankin 16-Apr-2016 00:43
Great pictures of the Island. I was there June 2015,brought back lots of childhood memories. Used to stay in a flat in Port Banantyne most summers for about 12 years in a row, Walked form the port into Rothesay most days.
Took the bus tour last summer as i had never been around the Island.

Great Job .Ray Rankin,Gatineau ,Quebec ,Formerely of Easterhouse ( yup) and Cambuslang,Glasgow.
Graham Carmichael 12-Jul-2015 06:53
My Granny lived on Ardbeg road by the bus stio. There was an outcrop of rock on the Beach. I played thereduring various holidays when my parents were in Cyprus. Dad was RAF - 6 Sqn Canberras
Guest 29-May-2015 21:05
Hi Zack. Would appreciate copies of your Marlin pics from Mount Stuart for the Owners Club archive
Cheers Dave Cunnington
PS Mine is the green R87 GDV - a grand day out !
huile de ricin14-May-2015 12:47
Really nice photos !!!
Avoir une belle peau01-May-2015 13:07
I just want to say that I realy like your pictures
Guest 09-Mar-2013 13:16
hi zak des here from walsall west midlands.,just to say wot a great job you are doing to preserve the memories of bute.any chance you could get a picture of lena zavaronis house at all when she lived on the is a great site and marvellous to look through.thank you for the pleasure and dont destroy it at all.
seona grant 20-Dec-2012 20:43
to zak ; i was born in 64 ballochgoy rd in 1953 to christine black macdonald. trying to contact her or her cousin, margaret
Norman Stewart 20-Feb-2012 17:53
Cracking photos. My family lived in Barone Rd from 1957-64 while my late father was a policeman on the Island. It's great to see these photos, I always missed the island. It was my home. Thanks.
Cate Tierney 07-Feb-2012 12:19
Hi Zac, I live in Newmarket, Ontario in Canada. I have been to Bute 3 times and I am planning on coming back this summer for a visit. I just wanted to let you know what a talent I think you are. You really capture the beauty of the island and I enjoy so much looking at all your photo's. Thanks : )
miss jones 01-Dec-2011 01:23
hi desmond!i am a lena zavaroni fan, have been sinse i seen her singing on opportunity knocks mama! she ad the ggrreeaatteesstt voice ever! i would like 2 sign up 2 find more about her.please can u send me your web address so i can sign in,thank u,miss jones
Alan M 21-Nov-2011 17:01
Hello Zak, My name is Alan, i look at your Daily Bute pictures everyday and have been looking for ages now, My gran lives in Rothesay on Barone Road, and my uncle also, and my dad is from there and moved to glasgow with my mum, i really like all the photos you take and i hope you keep up the good work, my favourite ones are of the Rothesay Ferrie. I'm sure you'll get some amazing ones in winter.
desmond oakley 08-Nov-2011 11:38
what a great job you have a fan of lena zavaroni so if you get anythin please post them on your galleries,thank you.nice there is a few pics of the goy about where she lived.
Peter den Ouden 05-Jul-2011 16:54
Hello Zak,
My sister, who lives on Bute, send me the link of the gallerie animals on Bute.
Great pics !!!!!
I live in the south of the Netherlands and i've been 3 times on Bute.
Next time i'll bring my camera, we have the same hobby.

Peter den Ouden
Ed Clark 02-Jul-2011 10:44 now has a link to this terrific site of Zak's photos
Jim Galt 30-May-2011 18:14
Brilliant images Zak, good mix of documentary and artistic images adding up to a really comprehensive record of a special place - keep it up!
seona grant 26-Jan-2011 17:01
looking for someone who knows christine black macdonald i believe her cousin lives on serpentine rd.i was born in rothesay at 64 balloghgoy rd spent most summers at 15 bridge st.
Diana 21-Jan-2011 20:07
I often pop back to see coments left after my visit, and it is lovely to see the history from some,e.g. the cottage on the 19th Jan 2010
Jim Mclean 27-Nov-2010 23:06
Went to Staffa Place every year with my Gran,and Mum had a wee place at Store Lane,spent most of my summer there,a lot of memories,My nephew recently got married at Mount Stuart,couldn't make it as I now live in Australia,but visit as much as possible,after all these years would still LOVE to live there,great pictures,great memories.....Cheers
Paul Levesque13-Sep-2010 15:37
Amazing pictures amazing galleries you have the eye.
mickey 28-May-2010 09:44
hey cheers mate brings back some good memories, no been hame for years may come sometime wi some ma remeber me zak amanda is ma sis??
mickey 28-May-2010 09:39
you might remeber me you might not zak, i think i remember you, such a long time ago when me and john and bridie all had bmx's those were the days... i remeber comin across all yer goy pictures when they were knockin it doon!!
D. Gourlay12-May-2010 10:29
What a most enjoyable time I have spent on this website, the posted photos are wonderful, thank you Zak and to the others who posted.
The name Maitland certainly brings back memories, my name is Gourlay as a wee boy our family lived in 8 Hillhouse Road and then to Roslin Cresent. I live in the central interior of British Columbia, I've been in Canada for 46 years now but the highlight of my trips back to Scotland is my visit to the island.
It's still a dream to retire and move back and spend the rest of my days on Bute, there simply is no other place like it anywhere.
george wightman 11-Mar-2010 21:03
brings back memories long to come back to the place i was born
Billy Morrison 19-Jan-2010 20:37
hi Zac been looking at your magnificent photographs for some time now .Thankyou for the memories of the place I grew up in.Iwas told last week that you are the g/t grandson of Alex Maitland who was avery good friend to me when Iwas a child I can remember him playing football . I also rememer well his children Fiona ,Margaret, and Alex..I guess one of the girls would be your grandmother please give them my regards if they are still with us. Thank youonce more for your exellent work all the best Billy M
paul k 30-Oct-2009 20:58
zac can you take a photo of the same tree ever day of the year and see how it changes i think it would be intesting thanks. from paul k
Pauline McCubbin 26-Aug-2009 19:33
hi Zak
You took photographs of my niece Kirsty barret at the 2009 port gala day, she was the irish dance, it was a set of three in sequence. Do you sell these and if so what different sizes to they come in? They were superb
Jack 23-Jun-2009 20:23
Altogether a most handsome set of photos.
Tanya 07-Apr-2009 13:33
im very exciting.i liked to look at this island
Davey24-Mar-2009 18:44
Hey Zak, I left a comment on your 'Bute is Beautiful' album, I love to visit the world via Pbase. Your pics are wonderful, I get a feel of your land and people. America is a land of immigrants, my families came from all over the continent, my wife's from Scotland, England, and Ireland. Some day we hope to actually visit. We wll visit your site often. We appreciate the skill and feel you put into your photo journals of a grand place and people! I've read many of the comments you have received and you deserve the props! Davey (music site
charlie penman 08-Feb-2009 15:28
hi zak thanks for taking pictures of our boat yacht (finkel) on satuarday at the opening of the marina as we had forgot our camara would it be possible to have a copy of the pictures you have taken we would be very gratefull thanks liz
jacq 30-Nov-2008 12:58
Great pics looks like they are makeing some changes around the island (but then again some things will never change)still a beutiful place to look at.
donald shaw 28-Nov-2008 14:08
Keep up the good work this is a fantastic site and I love knowing what is happening on the island especially the Port where I was brought up.Glad to know the Pavillion is getting a makeover. Lots of ex Rothesay guys here in Ayrshire and meet regularly and one subject always brought up is the indoor fitba and the dancing at the Pavillion. You can take the guy out of Rothesay but you cannot take Rothesay out of the guy.
ROBERT 15-Nov-2008 19:16
Donald McGhee 10-Jul-2008 23:10
What a fantastic site! I lived on Bute for all of my childhood and my parents built Ardbeg Lodge. I went to Rothesay Academy and was interested to see the new school.A superb site, which I visit daily to catch up. Good on ya Zak.
tracy cameron 24-May-2008 22:55
Amazing pics, keep up the good work!!!!

Guest 02-Apr-2008 20:09
Great Gallery

website :
JACoulter20-Feb-2008 01:45
Scotland has the best light - I've never made it to the Firth of Clyde but after going through your galleries I feel like I've spend a day in Bute!
Douglas Shaw 15-Feb-2008 16:51
Zak, Thanks for producing this gallery I look at it weekly and all the memories of a great childhood in the 40´s and 50´s flood back, my friends here in Brasil think the Island is beautiful. Hopefully I will be there myself this year to see the real live beauty. I was born on the Island and I try to get back as often as possible so I am on my way as soon as I can, might see you there.
Thanks Dougie Shaw
Guest 30-Jan-2008 19:33
Hi Zack whats new ?
Michael J. Parkinson21-Jan-2008 17:50
Zak, I just spent an hour or so messing about in your galleries and barely dented them. Your landscapes are superb and so is the photo journalism. If Bute ever appoints an Ambassador it should be you. Finally someone should start polishing up a Darwin Award for Rocketman, it would seem he is due.
Jarek M16-Nov-2007 06:14

Thanks for visiting and your kind comments.

Best Regards
anne-isle of wight 12-Nov-2007 19:18
I look at your pictures on the Isle of Bute website and particularly enjoy testing my local knowledge(but not recent)of sites. Steve Gascoigne takes similar pictures of the Isle of Wight which evoke wonderful memories. Thank you.
mrmischief27-Jun-2007 21:36
Lovely galleries, beautiful scenery & nice cars!
Rocketman's due a wedgie on that lampost!

Great job Zak.
Guest 15-Jun-2007 07:49
One world. Stunning.
Zak30-Apr-2007 21:34

Due to current problems with Spam, 'Guests' can no longer post in this guestbook, Sorry for the inconvenience.
you can email me still though or just simply leave your comment under one of my photos, i'll see it then! :D

Guest 21-Mar-2007 14:21
nice Gallery
Guest 07-Mar-2007 14:14
Stellar job! Can I get your signature?
Guest 23-Jan-2007 22:21
very nice pictures Zak keep up the good work
Guest 15-Jan-2007 13:57
Thanks Zak for the nice comments on my images...
northstar3705-Jan-2007 19:18
Guest 21-Nov-2006 13:52
I appreciate all your nice comments on my images, thank you...
Guest 08-Nov-2006 07:45
hi zak great galleries :-)
i have got some pics in mine but not to great think its the light or sommit il get it right one day lol
cheers for the boat pics again my uncle gus enjoyed lookin at them :-)
Robertm 07-Oct-2006 09:45
Great Photo's of Scotland, love the ones of the shipwrecked trawler on the beach. Do you
have any one's of Clyde Puffers. Many Thanks. Robert Moore, Ireland
Deborah Lewis08-Sep-2006 20:02
Thanks for stopping by!
Guest 12-Aug-2006 08:43
Thank you for the visit and your most encouraging comment. Life is good in the "Isle of Bute". Enjoyed viewing your galleries. I especially liked your Harbour Reflections.
Best regards,
Zak29-Jul-2006 19:56
have a look here:
Guest 29-Jul-2006 19:54
stewart 18-Jul-2006 09:55
zak could you try and get some pics of the glasgow fair that would be great
Catherine 16-Jul-2006 07:57
I have been looking for sites like this for a long time. Thank you!
Daniel 13-Jul-2006 04:06
best regards, nice info 04-Jun-2006 12:07
Looked through your site. Good work! Ken.
Janet Holloway 01-Jun-2006 20:00
Thanks for all these Wonderful photos. I'm in Mississippi,USA and there's nowhere outside the US that I'd care to go other than Scotland. Maybe one've brought a bit of that Bute-tiful place to many people. Thanks again to ALL of you, or the two or one of you!
csmallari19-May-2006 21:50
Thank you so much for the recent visit to my PAD gallery and the much appreciated comments. Have a great day :-)
Ian Bell18-Apr-2006 18:40
PS Waverley - difficult to walk past without lifting the camera to the eye, a great vessel. I see you have a fondness for seafaring and I've enjoyed looking through your shots.
Guest 07-Apr-2006 20:32
Thanks for the comment on my picture
Guest 04-Apr-2006 00:29
Thanks Zak for your nice comment on my images...
Jeffrey Lewis Knapp12-Mar-2006 02:47
Hi Zac. thanks for visiting.
Guest 14-Feb-2006 21:26
Thanks Zak...
Nicki Thurgar11-Feb-2006 19:46
Really great pictures, and what a fantastic place to live!
wert 10-Feb-2006 14:46
Nice, well done!
George Kerr 23-Jan-2006 23:30
Zak. Your photos make me so happy bringing back loads of old memories. I can only imagine I am not the only one who has the same thoughts about your work. Keep snapping. All the best. George.
Guest 20-Jan-2006 18:41
Thank you so very much for commenting on my Heavenly Bamboopicture. It's greatly appreicated.
Tex 07-Dec-2005 15:52
I love looking at your photos everyday Zak
Donald Shaw 11-Oct-2005 18:39
Is Rothesay Seafoods still on the go. Lots of happy memories
working there. Hi to everybody ,You can take the guy out of
Rothesay But you will never take Rothesay or the Port out of me
Brilliant Photos Glad I found this
Thomas Bailey16-Sep-2005 16:01
Hi Zak,
Thanks for your positive comments on the butterfly.
I see in your work that you capture the world in a
positve light with lots of variety and personality!

Tom Bailey
Zak30-Jul-2005 10:32
Mail away! :-)
Jan 29-Jul-2005 22:31
Zak, I love your photo's. I was born in Rothesay but have never returned since I was a baby. Could I be cheeky and ask if it would be possible for you to photograph the house I was born in (assuming it's still there!) I don't travel too well these days so don't know if I'll ever get to visit in person. If it would be possible I will mail you the address.
Dominic Kite26-Jul-2005 13:14
Zak, I never know what to expect when I stop past your galleries, from your messages, through to your photo's. Keep it up.
caveman_lee20-Jul-2005 17:40
Hi Zak,

Thanks for viewing my galleries. Isle of Bute is really a nice place for vacation and photo taking. Wish I can visit your homeland later.

Al Chesworth28-Jun-2005 20:49
I had a friend many years ago when I was in the Fleet Air Arm who lived in the Kyles, not sure where. However your galleries have convinced me to have a long break in your lovely area.
Thanks for showing a glimpse of it.

Guest 25-Jun-2005 21:08
Great Photo`s.. and Gallery
lin (S'PORE) 25-Jun-2005 16:15
well done zak
best images and besr captured.......
keep it up! thx 4 sharing
Norman 22-Apr-2005 22:04
Hello, I enjoyed your photos. Thx for sharing.
Johnny JAG08-Apr-2005 21:38
Hi Zak, thanks for your comments, we visit Scotland every year but haven't been to Bute yet, after seeing your galleries we'll have to go sometime.
jim97 13-Mar-2005 14:42
i was looking threw pics zak the one taken at top goy was just down from grans old house thanks made me sad in way long time since seen view from there gran lived at top and just passed the turn off in middle was cousins house . thanks from jim
Guest 06-Mar-2005 23:51
You galleries and photos are really very good. I love the angles that you take the photos of, the composition of the photos and the creativity that is apparent in every photo. Wonderful stuff and I look forward to seeing more!
Helen C 12-Jan-2005 19:22
Great pics. Could you add caption with location?
Guest 08-Dec-2004 20:46
Nice pictures, Zak. You still live on Mountstuart? Smaller white house?
Pearly 25-Oct-2004 12:29
Great Galleries Zak made me real homesick
Guest 13-Oct-2004 13:03
Hey Zak! I like your images. Your icy one is brrrr!

Guest 23-Sep-2004 21:17
Zak your message is fantastic!
Guest 28-Jul-2004 14:54
Thanks for the comment on the pad pic. Nice set of galleries you've got - will have to do a copycat and do an "out my window" gallery too!
brian gomes 24-Jun-2004 23:36
Brian from Montreal. Excellant pictures. Was in Kilchatten Bay last time during the Stella McCartney wedding. Also, experienced a full 3 weeks of pure sun. Your pictures have really caught the true essence of the land. Some of your images remind me of the east coast of Canada. (Nova Scotia in particular)
Guest 12-Jun-2004 15:28
very nice gallerys and amazing work thankx
Guest 01-Apr-2004 18:45
Zak, thanks for visiting my galleries... You as well have many very good galleries.
It's always interesting to see images taken in different parts of the world. Regards.
King Crimson 06-Nov-2003 20:41
Great pics, Zak. Love the modified Amica! I might just pay a visit to Bute - a kind of road trip - once I can get a week off work!
Guest 31-Oct-2003 22:34
Lovely galleries, Zak.
h+-jay 21-Sep-2003 16:55
Mountstuart pics - Nice work fella! ;)