April 2019: Kelspokes Path closed temporarily due to landslip

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 landslip.

April 2019: Donna and Nina

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.

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)