Northern Bute circuit, Port Bannatyne

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The final stage of the West Island Way heads inland to climb over farm and moorland before looping through forestry high above the ferry terminal at Rhubodach. The route then heads south, eventually leaving the trees to climb over wild moorland with great views before descending to the road near Port Bannatyne.


Minor road, forestry track, and open farmland and moorland with only faint paths, can be very wet underfoot.

Public Transport

Bus to Port Bannatyne. Return to Rothesay can be on foot or by bus.


North end of Port Bannatyne. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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