New signage for Bute long-distance walk

Bute's 29-mile West Island Way is Scotland's first official long-distance island footpath.
Bute's 29-mile West Island Way is Scotland's first official long-distance island footpath.

Bute’s long-distance footpath, the West Island Way, is to be re-signed over the next 12 months by the Bute Conservation Trust.

Chairman Donald Kinnear unveiled the Trust’s plans for the coming year at an open meeting in Rothesay this week, held to try and attract new members to the organisation.

“The work will take some time,” he said, “but it’s something that must be done if the West Island Way is to maintain its place as one of the major walks in Scotland.

“It gets quite a lot of visitors and if it isn’t properly cared for, word soon gets out.

“It’s a major undertaking, but we feel it has to be done.”

The West Island Way, a 29-mile walk between Kilchattan Bay and Port Bannatyne, was opened in 2000 by walking enthusiast and TV presenter Janet Street-Porter and is Scotland’s first official long-distance island footpath.

The route, from south to north, goes by way of Glencallum Bay, St Blane’s Chapel, the Suidhe Hill, Kilchattan Bay, Stravanan Bay, Lord James’ Ride, Scoulag Moor, Lochend, Loch Fad, the western edge of Rothesay, Westlands, the Gortans, Port Bannatyne, Croc-an-Raer, St Colmac, Glenmore, Rhubodach, Windy Hill and Kames Hill.