Not to be confused with the West Highland Way, the West Island Way opened in 2000 to mark the millennium and was Scotland’s first long distance island footpath. It runs the complete length of the Isle of Bute featuring seashore, moorland, farmland and forest – not forgetting the great views of Arran and the Cowal peninsula.
The waymarked route starts at Kilchattan Bay in the south of the island and finishes at Port Bannatyne overlooking Kames Bay. It features circular loops at both ends giving walkers the option of the full route or variations which include finishing at the ferry at Rhubodach.
If completing the official route, experienced walkers can also choose the more challenging alternative to the final stage from Rhubodach back to Port Bannatyne which swaps the tarmac coastal road for a higher level pathless route through forest and moorland.
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