Bute is a dream come true for watersports enthusiasts. The clean, clear water and fantastic scenery will complement your choice of transport around the island whether it be by boat, kayak, scuba diving or even kite surfer!
The waters around Bute are known as a Mecca for sailing. The stunning scenery up the East Kyle past the Maids of Bute and Burnt Islands and down the West Kyle past Tighnabruaich and Kames has to be seen to be believed. There are many sheltered bays around Bute to drop anchor for the evening, have a barbeque on a beach and watch the glorious sunset. The centre for sailing on Bute is at Port Bannatyne with two boatyards and the new marina, and a club that organises private moorings in these particularly protected waters of Kames Bay. Bute Berthing Ltd also provides moorings in Rothesay Bay and berths in the new Rothesay harbour.
One of the fastest growing sports in Britain is taking hold around the shoreline of Bute. A fantastic way to explore the 57 miles of beaches and coastline is by kayak and paddle and many a species of marine animal and bird can be spotted on your way. Much like the sailing, the north of the island around the Kyles is great for scenery and very well protected from the elements. The south is more exposed but with a dramatic craggy landscape to view around Dunagoil and across the Sound to Arran and its Sleeping Warrior. Guided kayak tours of the island and further afield are available from Kayak Bute.Visit www.kayakbute.co.uk for more information.
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