Argyll…the Secrect Coast awaiting your discovery

12 February 2016

The island of Bute is only 20 minutes from Home Farm Cottages over the ferry from Colintraive to Rhubodach. This opens up a new world of splendour, from learning about “doon the water” migration in the early part of the last century of the Glasgow folk visiting the island to seeing the magnificent mansions built by the Glasgow merchants building their holiday homes in the early 1900s.

One of our favourite walks is South Bute from Kilchattan Bay around the south tip of the Island, with clear vista from binoculars into the Island of Cumbrae watching the tankers manoeuvre into Loch Striven, vibrant cargo Clyde Port traffic plying their wares up and down the Firth of Clyde and even on certain days, watching the Royal Naval activities coming to and from Faslane.

Walking around the south tip of the Island you come to an old ruined church complex called St Brides, exposed to the West coast overlooking the Sound of Kilbarchan. All in all the walk takes 2.5 hours with a traditional picnic in the south tip looking down the Clyde to Ailsa Craig enjoying the labours of the volunteers who have created a trans island walk called “The West Island Way”. Everything centres on Rothesay, however, where there is a mix of old and new with a visit to the ice cream shop en route! Then it’s back across the ferry to Colintraive and a pint in the award winning Colintraive Hotel with its gastropub menu and stunning food and friendly host – Patricia.

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