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.
A team of Bute Conservation Trust volunteers wind up a morning session of ditch & drain clearing and boardwalk maintenance on Stage One of Bute’s West Island Way (the Kilchattan Bay Circular).
Having renewed all signage on Bute’s West Island Way route, we have now turned our attention to replacing old or damaged signage on many other paths. Pictured are the new finger posts for the Black Park and the standing stones near the Plan Road.
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)
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)
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.