This post is by Gemma from Two Scots Abroad.  Read on…

” After trekking the 96 miles of the West Highland Way my friends and I (Gemma) were looking for a new challenge to fill the May Day weekend. We had heard of the West Island Way but knew little about the Isle of Bute. This hiking (and drinking) short break was organised at short notice but created long lasting memories.

Although Bute offers lots of shorter hikes around the island we decided to blitz the West Island Way over two days, resting our heads and feeding our bellies in Bute’s capital, Rothesay, both the Friday and the Saturday night. Day one of the trek takes in the exceptionally scenic Kilchattan Bay circular which passes the Rubh’an Eun Lighthouse, takes you along beaches and on a good day you can see the Isle of Arran in the distance. I highly recommend going off course slightly by climbing Suidhe Chatain to gain access to 360 degree views of the island.

For drinks we had a tipple at a handful of Bute’s establishments including the Scottish Honky Tonk which featured live music which put us in the mood for a sing song at the Palace Bar.

I don’t think many tourists, or Scots for that matter, realise how accessible the Isle of Bute is from my favourite Scottish city, Glasgow. I hope that our trip and review of the West Island Way and things to do in Bute help raise the profile of this Isle. We’ll have to pop back soon to see the famous Mount Stuart House.”

Gemma from Two Scots Abroad


Gemma and Craig, full time workers with a life-long travel habit. Flirting with 30 and let loose on the world! Check in at Two Scots Abroad for travel tips, quips, and pics that please. Go on, MAKE TRAVEL HAPPEN.

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