Bute Forest
Bute Forest

Bute Forest

Discover the wild side of the Isle of Bute at Bute Forest!

Bute Forest (also known as Rhubodach Forest) is a spectacular spot to take in a variety of landscapes – ancient woodland, commercial forest, moorland and coastline. There are some excellent walks in this area for all skill levels, whether you’re an experienced trekker or just after a gentle stroll (the Balnakailly Loop is a popular route). Keep an eye out for all the wildlife – you can see red and roe deer, a plethora of fungi, protected bird species, archaeological sites, a WWII decoy village bunker and breathtaking views of the Kyles of Bute!

Where can I find Bute Forest?

Bute Forest can be found on the north end of the Isle of Bute, near the Colintraive-Rhubodach ferry terminal.
  • Entry: Free
  • Open 24/7
  • Pets are welcome
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