Isle of Bute

Isle of Bute

Mostly low-lying and fertile, the Isle of Bute became hugely popular as a holiday resort for Glasgow folk in the heyday of the Clyde steamers. The boats brought thousands from the grime of the city to beautifully-built, elegant resorts such as Rothesay, Bute's fine capital.

Bute has much to offer for walkers and ramblers. There are large sandy bays, majestic views of the Cumbraes and of Arran. The central part of the island is peaceful farmland, with moors to the north and a strange volcanic landscape to the south. The West Island Way runs the length of the island and gives an excellent tour.


Walk Grade Length Time
Rothesay and Canada Hill grade5.25km 1.5 - 2 hours
Stravanan Bay, from Kilchattan Bay grade5.75km 1.5 - 2 hours
Balnakailly circuit, Rhubodach grade6.25km 1.5 -2 hours
Kilmichael archeology walk, Glecknabrae grade7.8km 2 hours
Kilchattan Bay circular gradegrade8km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Northern Bute circuit, Port Bannatyne gradegradegrade20.5km 5 - 6 hours
The West Island Way 40km 3 stages

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