January 2019: Improving the view from the Kirk Dam (Loch Fad) Bird Hide

January 2019: Improving the view from the Kirk Dam (Loch Fad) Bird Hide

Over several decades the view from the popular Bird Hide at the Kirk Dam (Loch Fad) has become badly obscured by reeds and trees. With the assistance of specialist contractors and heavy machinery, we have cleared the the view such as it should last a good few years. By this coming Spring it will start to regain a more natural look. (Picture by Billy Shields)

December 2019: Bridle gate installed on Barone Hill path

December 2019: Bridle gate installed on Barone Hill path

There is a good path from Rothesay up to the fine viewpoint at the top of Barone Hill. At some times of year grazing cattle may be encountered on the path. The farmer has experienced problems with some walkers leaving the wide gate unsecured, allowing the cattle to stray. To remedy this we have installed a bridle gate for walkers to use. (Pictured on an end of year misty morning by Donald Kinnear)

October 2018: New boardwalk bridges for West Island Way

October 2018: New boardwalk bridges for West Island Way

We’ve added two boardwalk bridges on the moorland pathway on Stage 4 of Bute’s ‘West Island Way’ (above Shalunt Farm).¬†The footbridges will make it easier for walkers to cross the small burns that drain water from the hillside. This high final section of the Way is well worth the effort as it leads to fine views over Kames Bay, Port Bannatyne and the Firth of Clyde.