The beautiful Isle of Bute, Scotland – walking the West Island Way

5 days
goat guide

DATES Sat 17th May 2025
- Thu 22nd May 2025

6 days/5 nights

We are excited about walking the West Island Way on the small Scottish Island of Bute. Only an hour from Glasgow and a fabulous ferry across the Firth of Clyde to get there. A long distance path of 48km/30 miles to explore this very special Island with such varying landscapes and glimpses of wildlife. You may see Basking sharks,seals,Osprey, Red Deer and more. For beer lovers you may enjoy relaxing in a traditional Scottish Pub with a refreshing ale from the local brewery! This holiday follows our Arran trip and perfect for those wanting to explore more of the Scottish Islands.


Date: Saturday May 17th to Thursday May 22nd 

Guide: Jo Bird 

Walking Grade: 2 Goats as the West Island Way is a gentle trail with well marked paths. We will be walking 48km/30 miles in 4 days so expect to cover between 5 and 10 miles(8 and 16km) per day. The lowest point is sea level and the highest elevation is 690metres/2.260 ft.

Base: The Glenburn Hotel, Rothesay – a grand hotel which has been a destination for holidaymakers to Bute since 1892. It is a traditional Scottish seaside hotel with views over Rothesay Bay. We have confirmed all Seaview rooms so you can wake up to see the sea!

Arrivals: Arrive by late afternoon on Saturday 17th May. You will arrive by Calmac Ferry from Wemyss Bay which is a short train ride from Glasgow Central Station. We expect the some women to stay Friday night in Glasgow and travel on the ferry together on Saturday. The ferry crossing is approx. 35 minutes and there are ferries usually every hour. Calmac Ferries

Departures: Departure after breakfast on Thursday May 22nd – ferries start from 0.6.25 ish in the morning.

Price: £1300 per person for a solo occupancy ensuite room with a Seaview and all meals.


  • Ensuite,Seaview room
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Welcome Drink
  • Packed lunches for 4 walking days
  • Guided Walks to complete the West Island Way
  • Local Transport required for the walks

Not Included:

  • Travel to Rothesay
  • Additional drinks not provided
  • Additional excursions

If you bring a friend/partner and share a room the price is £1050 per person.



We want to provide many.many opportunities to journey together and complete a trail. A sense of adventure and a sense of achievement.

The West Island Way was the first long distanced path on any Scottish Island, It is the best way to see Bute – on foot.

Do read about it and we hope join us.

The West Island Way


The itinerary could change depending on the weather but you can expect to walk the complete West Island Way.

Saturday Arrival – if you arrive early afternoon there maybe time for a short orientation walk of Rothesay.

18.00 Welcome drink at the Glenburn Hotel with dinner to follow. Jo will brief you about your holiday.

Sunday to Wednesday – you can expect to leave the hotel for your days walk each day at 9.30am. You will have a packed lunch and return for dinner at the hotel at 19.00ish.

Thursday – Departure after breakfast.


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The beautiful Isle of Bute, Scotland – walking the West Island Way
DATES Sat 17th May 2025
- Thu 22nd May 2025

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