Stage One: Kilchattan Bay Circular (5 miles, 8km)

Stage One: Kilchattan Bay Circular (5 miles, 8km)

Many regard this circuit as amongst the best of starts to any long-distance walk. This circular Stage begins and ends at Kilchattan Bay. It offers amazing views across the Firth of Clyde to the Cumbraes and Arran – including the granite mound of Ailsa Craig, seen in the distance. It takes in the atmospheric and historically significant ruins of St Blane’s Chapel (Blane went on to found Dunblane Cathedral but he was on Bute first!). It is a convenient walk too, since the Rothesay bus service can be taken to and from Kilchattan Bay. Although short, it’s fairly strenuous and the terrain can be rough in places.

Wildlife to watch out for:

  • Foxes and Roe Deer – can be seen on this route throughout the year.
  • Otters – these are sometimes seen around Loch na Leighe area. On the Loch you may see Little Grebe, Water Rail & many different species of Duck.
  • Peregrine, Buzzard and Raven – can be seen from Glencallum Bay to The Plan Farm.
  • At sea and according to the time of year, Guillemots, Razorbills, Gannet, and Red-throated & Black-throated Divers (Loons) can be seen along with many other sea birds.

Download a detailed set of Route Notes for Stage 1

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