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Kilchattan Bay Circular, Isle of Bute

A fine walk around the southern tip of Bute featuring beautiful coastal scenery, superb views and visiting the ruins of St Blane's Chapel. The route forms the first stage of the West Island Way. The terrain is rocky and rough going in parts with some boggy patches and some steep ascents and descents. Walking boots essential. 

Local walk grade C+

Group:
Eastwood Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
5.0 miles
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Millport

Meet - Paisley Gilmour Street Station for the 0955 train to Largs then 1115 ferry to Cumbrae.   Leader will meet at Largs Railway Station.

Walk is on road and pavements.

Group:
Paisley Group
Difficulty:
Leisurely
Distance:
9.0 miles
Walkers enjoying the view

Isle of Bute Group

We are the Isle of Bute Ramblers. We open the way for everyone in our local community to enjoy the pleasures of walking.
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Moss Wood to Ardbeg (and barbecue)

10.15am bus north from Guildford Square to Moss Wood to walk to Rhoda House for the barbecue at 1pm. Steep hill from Moss Wood, possibly muddy in places. Bring a snack to keep you going!

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
6.0 miles
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Port Bannatyne to Ettrick Bay

9.45am bus north from Guildford Square to Port Bannatyne to walk the tramway to Ettrick Bay tearooms.

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
Difficulty:
Easy
Distance:
3.0 miles
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Mount Stuart to Kilchattan with optional Parkrun beforehand

Walking from Mount Stuart to the post office Kilchattan bay. 6 miles, easy. 9.45am bus south from Guildford Square to Mount Stuart. There is the option to walk (or run) the Parkrun at Mount Stuart beforehand by taking the 08.45am bus to Kerrycroy and walking up to Mount Stuart house. Shona will lead the main walk from the house when the Parkrun has finished.

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
Difficulty:
Easy
Distance:
6.0 miles
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Kilchattan Bay circular

Walking from Kilchattan Bay to Bruchag, the sawmill, and West Island Way back to Kilchattan.

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
Difficulty:
Easy
Distance:
6.0 miles
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Bute: Loch Fad Circular

Circular walk of 11 miles from Rothesay.  We will pass a couple of Lochs (Osprey possible) and picnic by the seashore.  Great views of the Firth of Clyde and Arran.  Walking is on good paths and roads.  Boots are not required except after wet weather but a couple of fields have cows or sheep and long grass.  In the woodland, the vegetation will be at its highest.  Poles not needed. Although not strenuous, there are some sharp ascents but they are soon over. 

Group:
Cunninghame Group, North Ayrshire
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
11.0 miles
Bute, Loch Fad

Barone Hill, Isle of Bute

The route takes you out of Rothesay up to the trig point on Barone Hill which overlooks the town. There are fine views of the island from Barone Hill.
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
5.3 miles
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Mount Stuart to Rothesay

Walking from Mount Stuart via Cnocnicol wood, the Moor Road and Loch Fad back to Rothesay.

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
Difficulty:
Easy
Distance:
5.0 miles
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War Memorial to Rothesay via West Island Way

Walking from the war memorial back to Rothesay via the Moor Road and West Island Way on good tracks,

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
Difficulty:
Easy
Distance:
4.0 miles
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Rothesay to Port Bannatyne and barbecue

Meet 11am at the Discovery Centre to walk the West Island Way to Port Bannatyne for the barbecue at 1pm.

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
Difficulty:
Easy
Distance:
4.0 miles
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Barone Hill circular

10am from the Discovery Centre to walk up Barone Hill and to Loch Fad before returning to Rothesay.

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
Difficulty:
Easy
Distance:
5.0 miles
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Rothesay to Kingarth via the West Island Way

Meet 10am at the Discovery Centre, Rothesay, to walk to Kingarth Hotel, via the WIW, Loch Fad and Scoulag Moor. 

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
Difficulty:
Easy
Distance:
7.5 miles
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Hill of Ascog

10am from the Discovery Centre to walk via Skipper Wood and over the Hill of Ascog and return to Rothesay.

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
Difficulty:
Easy
Distance:
4.0 miles
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Loch Fad to Port Bannatyne

Meet 10am at the Discovery Centre to walk to Loch Fad and follow the West Island Way to Port Bannatyne. Return by public transport. Bring a picnic.

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
Difficulty:
Easy
Distance:
5.0 miles
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Inveraray to Dun na Cuaiche

Meet 9am in Chapel Hill carpark for car sharing to Inveraray via Rhubodach ferry, to walk to the viewpoint above Inveraray castle.

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
5.0 miles
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Glecknabae to Barla Hill via Kilmichael circular

Walking from Glecknabae to Barla Hill via Kilmichael and return to Glecknabae. Bring a picnic.

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
6.0 miles
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Rhubodach - Balnakeilly - Kayak shelter

Walking from Rhubodach via Balnakeilly to the kayak shelter on rough forest tracks and return via shore.

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
5.0 miles
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Colintraive coastal walk

Meet 10am in Chapel Hill car park for car-sharing to Rhubodach, then take the ferry to Colintraive to walk along the coastal road.

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
Difficulty:
Easy
Distance:
5.0 miles
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Wemyss Bay circular

Walking up the Kelly Burn and through the caravan park to return via the shore to the ferry terminal at Wemyss Bay.

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
Difficulty:
Easy
Distance:
5.0 miles
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Largs to Wemyss Bay

Walking from Largs via old road and Knock Hill.

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
10.0 miles
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Lunderston Bay circular

Taking the 10am ferry from Rothesay and bus from Wemyss Bay to Cardwell Garden Centre for a circular walk around Lunderston Bay.

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
Difficulty:
Easy
Distance:
5.0 miles
Millport

Wildlife and History on Great Cumbrae

The route follows quiet minor roads round the coast and over the highest point of the island. You pass a number of sites of local historical interest, and the coast gives great opportunities for wildlife viewing.
Difficulty:
Leisurely
Distance:
9.9 miles
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Portencross to Seamill incorporating Goldenberry Hill

Starting at Portencross Car Park we will take a slight diversion to see Portencross Castle. Thereafter, we walk along the pink sands of Ardneil Bay before taking a path to Ardneil Farm and finally to the summit of Goldenberry Hill where on a clear day you can enjoy panoramic views of the Clyde coast. We then will descend the hill and follow the Ayrshire Coastal path to Seamill. We return to Portencross on a similar route.

TERRAIN: pebble and sandy beach, farm tracks, earth trails and tarmac.  Boggy underfoot at times. Gradual ascent to summit. There are 2 gates to climb. Walking Poles and gloves would be useful on this walk.

Nb. There are many cows on route to summit.

Local Walk grade - B

Group:
Eastwood Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
8.0 miles
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Barbecue

Annual club barbecue, charge of £5 per person towards costs, bring your own drinks and a contribution to the food - salads or desserts - please arrange with Barbara beforehand. Places need to be booked to ensure any dietary requirements are catered for.

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
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First Aid Course for walk leaders

For those walk leaders booked on the course

Group:
Isle of Bute Group
Looking across the Clyde to Arran

The view from Knock Hill, Largs, Argyll and Bute

Walk from the centre of Largs along the coast, then through farmland to Knock Hill which has outstanding views over the Clyde. Return to Largs through woodland and back along the coast.
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
8.5 miles
Blaeloch walk view to Arran

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Blaeloch from Fairlie

Grade B+, 8.5 miles, ascent 2000ft, 6hrs, This walk begins in Fairlie and takes the established woodland trail of Fairlie Glen.  It continues on Fairlie Moor on tussocky heather and grass, open hills and indistinct tracks up Blaeloch Hill, around Ward Hill and a return via Kelburn Glen and the Dark Plantation to Fairlie Glen.

We will meet at Morrison’s, Stevenston at 8.20am for a 8.30am departure and start the walk at 9am from the Fairlie Viewpoint car park that is off the A78 at the south of Fairlie.

We cross the A78 road to Station Road and go across the rail bridge where the Fairlie Glen woodland path begins.  This is a lovely old woodland with the Fairlie Burn’s waterfalls to entice us up and around Fairlie Castle.  This is a steep climb in places, taking us up to a kissing gate and the beginning of Fairlie Moor where we walk a narrow path through the heather and over a stile to our first tea break on rocks beside waterfalls.

We climb a little then follow Outermoor Burn towards Kelburn Wind Farm and our first cairn.  On the downwards slope we’ll see the wreckage of a WWII fighter aircraft that crashed in 1944.

Blaeloch Hill with its companion little Blae Loch soon come into view as we approach our second cairn of the day.  Downhill a little and we start to follow the Clea Burn.  We will stop for lunch at the gabion by the side of the windfarm path then walk half a mile on its hard path before heading off across grassland again, around a copse of fir trees, through a farm gate and across Clea Burn at a crumbly ford.  From there, we walk dirt tracks to the gate in the the old wall of Kelburn Estate then its down through the mature woodland of Kelburn Glen and the Dark Plantation with beautiful views across Cumbrae, Arran and the lochs.  Through Kelburn Estate, we emerge at Fairlie Castle and retrace our steps down Fairlie Glen and back to our cars at Fairlie Viewpoint.

Group:
Cunninghame Group, North Ayrshire
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Distance:
8.5 miles
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Rescheduled Largs Circular - Walk now full

Join us on a circular walk up and over a number of hills behind Largs around Gogo Glen with great views across the Clyde Estuary. Also including a couple of historical sites in the area.

The walk starts with a stroll along the promenade, through some formal gardens followed by a short strenuous climb up a hill and a flight of steps to a viewpoint where we will stop for a snack.

The rest of the outward section of the walk is undulating with a couple of steep sections. It goes over Jock’s Castle, Rigging Hill and Paton Hill. Underfoot is typical peat based grass which in a number of places is very boggy and squelchy.

Weather permitting we will have lunch on one of the hill tops or once we reach the track if we need shelter.

The inward section of the walk is on Forestry Commission access roads and gravel tracks. Then we head up the last hill of the day, Auchenmaid Craigs where we will have a final snack stop. This hill track also has a number of steps. From there we will descend back down into Largs.

This is a circular walk and we will return to Largs train station from where there is a regular hourly service back to Glasgow. There are plenty of cafes and pubs for a refreshment stop before heading back to Glasgow.

Group:
Glasgow Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
8.2 miles

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