The Latest News from the Trust


April 2019: Kelspokes Path closed temporarily due to landslip

A landslip has blocked the Kelspokes Path path that joins Stage One of the West Island Way near the ‘Hawk’s Neb’. We have placed ‘path closed’ notice at the top and bottom of the path. Inspection of the location indicates that there is no safe alternative re-route in the immediate vicinity. We will review the situation once the landslip has had time to stabilise. NOTE: The West Island Way path is not affected by the Kelspokes... read more

April 2019: Donna and Nina

Visitor Donna and her dog Nina complete Stages 3 and 4 of Bute’s ‘West Island Way’. Pleased to hear from Donna that she found the route well signposted and easy to follow. Thanks Donna. read more

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... read more

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... read more

September 2018: Tool store tidied up!

Our volunteers need a wide range of hand and powered tools to keep our pathways safe and pleasant for walkers. We’ve organised our tool store to ensure easy access to the right tools for any job. (Picture by Billy Shields) read more