Stage 2: Kilchattan Bay to Port Bannatyne (11.5 miles, 18.5km)
Stage 2: Kilchattan Bay to Port Bannatyne (11.5 miles / 18.5km)
This highly varied section of the Way takes in farmland, woodland, rocky shore, sandy beach, moorland track, golf course links, lochside and even an airfield! Leaving Kilchattan Bay, the Way crosses the island from east to west and passes alongside the sandy Stravannan beach. Striking inland again, the route zigzags along country tracks until it reaches the broad track of Lord James’ Ride. Close to the track at the summit is a stone cairn from where are fine views of the isle of Inchmarnock and of Arran beyond. Turning North in the direction of Rothesay, the long Moor Road is mostly gentle descent, passing Loch Ascog and Loch Fad. The Way then skirts around the top of Rothesay before reaching Port Bannatyne and the end of Stage 2. The walking is easy – it has some long but gentle climbs and gradual descents.
Watch out for:
- Roe Deer and Red Deer especially on the moorland section.
- Raven, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Cuckoo and Hen Harrier as well as numerous small birds around the hedgerows and trees.
- Near to Loch Ascog and Loch Fad look out for Ospreys between the months of April and September.
- Otters have also been seen at the two lochs.