Hiking on the Isle of Bute

Have you ever wanted to explore the Isle of Bute? If so, then the West Island Way could be the ideal choice for you! This hiking/walking trail showcases some of the best views that Scotland’s famous old islands have to offer. From vast stretches of shoreline, farmlands and forests, you surely will not find a more picturesque part of the country. If stunning views like these are not your thing, then don’t worry. This trail brings you up close and personal to some amazing historic sites in the area, like St Blane’s chapel and Glenmore.

How do I get to the Isle of Bute?

From Glasgow, you can get the train to Wemyss Bay from Central station, and then catch the ferry to Rothesay.

Although this route is very well signposted and taken care of, it is still highly recommended that visitors have access to maps for navigation. The route is mostly off-road, so it may be best to get some hiking practice in before attempting this trail. However, some portions of it are on-road and they usually aren’t too busy. It is also recommended that visitors pay attention to whether forecasts beforehand. Why not give this one a go on your day off?

  • 4 different trails.
  • 40 km in length.
  • Hiking over 2 day period is recommended.

Things to do near Bute

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Day Out at Bute Museum

For an interesting day out for all visitors including families! Bute Museum showcases the area’s rich history, specialising in medieval and neolithic artefacts. Perfectly catered for children, with lower-level displays so that even the little ones ...
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Bute Boat Tours

Bute Boat Tours offer customers the chance to tour Bute in an exhilarating and educational way! They run boat trips around Bute, Argyll and the Firth of Clyde on Commando One (a Tornado High Performance Boat, ...
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City Sightseeing Bus Tour on the Isle of Bute

Get ready to see the sights of the beautiful Isle of Bute with ease on one of CitySightseeings iconic red buses! Their open top bus tour operates from May to September, and offers customers the chance ...
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The Pencil Box on the Isle of Bute

Come and uncover this lovely little gem on Bute! The Pencil Box is Bute’s smallest gift shop, offering a range of great items for any visitors to the island. The shop started life as a traditional ...
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Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute

For lovers of Castles and History, one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in Scotland. Built by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson in the 1870s, this was to replace an earlier house that burnt down. The ...
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Scalpsie Bay on Bute

Scalpsie Bay is a stunning beach on Bute’s southwestern coastline. At low tide, there’s almost a kilometre stretch of sandy beach to explore. Once used for military purposes during the Second World War, Scalpsie Bay is ...
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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 ...
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Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park

Are you a fan of art and or Sculptures? If so then Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park is the place for you! Nestled inside the Kyles of Bute on Argyll’s secret coast, you will struggle to find ...
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Heritage Tours at Castle House Dunoon

For lovers of scenic views and History, With regular exhibits and unrivalled views of the Clyde. Come and explore the history of Dunoon and the surrounding areas. The Castle House Museum opened in 1998 and has ...
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Fantastic Wood Work and Art at Fynewood Gallery

For art lovers, why not make your way down to Fynewood Gallery and see some of the finest work from Argyll artists. Along with showcasing Argyll-based artists’ work, there is also an opportunity to buy beautiful ...
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North Sannox Pony Trekking on the Isle of Arran

Get ready to experience the unbelievable landscape of Arran like never before! The North Sannox Pony Trekking was created in 1981 on a working sheep farm and continues today as a thriving local family-run horse/pony trekking ...
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Lochranza Distillery on the Isle of Arran

Whisky connoisseurs, this one is for you! The Lochranza Distillery and Visitor Centre (curated by the award-winning Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd) is located in the little village of Lochranza on the stunning Isle of Arran. ...
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What's on in Bute

Opera Bohemia – The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)

14 - 14 August, 2022
Scotland’s professional touring opera company returns to Glasgow with Mozart’s sublime comedy, The Marriage of Figaro.

Bute Highland Games

20 - 20 August, 2022
Pipe bands, Highland dancing, junior shinty championship, 10k road race and heavyweight championships.