West Island Way

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Start: Kilchattan Bay
Distance: 30 miles (48 km)
Grid Ref: NS108544
 
Climbing: 926 metres
Walk time: 12-16 hours
Days: 2-4

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The West Island Way was Scotland's first official island long distance footpath and was opened in 2000 to celebrate the turn of the Millennium. It is a fairly easy walk of approximately 30 miles, passing through seashore, moorland, farmland and forest. The route begins at Kilchattan Bay in the south of the island, and finishes at Port Bannatyne in the north, with Rothesay, the main town on Bute, as a central point. The hike can be completed over two fairly lengthy walking days or three or four at a more lesurely pace while taking in the beauty of the Isle of Bute. Some further highlights to the walk include St Blane's Chapel, the abandoned townships in Glen More, the outskirts of Rothesay, beaches, rich farmland, moors, forests and fine views of Arran and the Cowal peninsula. The route is waymarked.


Useful Links:
Isle of Bute and West Island Way
Walk Highlands
Long Distance Walkers Association


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