Volunteers carry out improvements to Bute long-distance walk

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A team of Bute Conservation Trust volunteers recently turned their hands to upgrading a section of the West Island Way at the south end of the island.

The team of volunteers, led by Mount Stuart countryside ranger Billy Shields, constructed a new board walk in the Suidhe Wood above Kilchattan Bay, replacing an old walkway which had got into a poor condition.

Jock Somerville, Ian Hopkins, Don Williams, Neil McKirdy, Andy Glen and Donald Kinnear were helped out by Raymond Lench, while the boardwalk replacement was preceded by the cleaning out of nearby ditches by Alistair McMillan from Greenan Mill.

The work was funded by the Bute Conservation Trust, which took over responsibility for managing the legacy of the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme after the end of that four-year project in the summer of 2012.