Immerse yourself in Kilchattan Bay

Kilchattan Bay is located just 2 and a half miles north of the southern tip of Bute and has a linear settlement of Victorian houses at first glance and is home to the largest east-facing beach, Kilchattan Bay.

The West Island Way starts from the south end of Kilchattan Bay and makes for a brilliant walk with stunning scenic views across Bute, the footpath runs most of the length of the island, taking you past some brilliant stops to wonder and past the ruins of St Blanes Church.

Along the coastal road north of Kilchattan Bay lies the famous Mount Stuart House and Gardens, packed full of history and magnificent Victorian Gothic Architecture.

There are many food, drink and accommodation providers across the way, so why not try some local food on your journey, whilst enjoying the nature and wildlife Bute has to offer.

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Getting Here

Start your adventure with a ferry crossing from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay, either as a foot passenger or with your car. The ferry connects with a regular train and bus service to and from Glasgow and there are service buses and bike hire on the island, so why not leave the car behind?

An alternative route is a short ferry link between Rhubodach, north of Bute, and Colintraive at the Cowal peninsula. This can link with the ferry between Hunters Quay and McInroe’s Point near Gourock on the mainland, or you can drive north on the A82 along Loch Lomond joining the A83 then south on the A815 and A886.