Walk: Bute-iful bays on the trail to St Blane's

Bute | Kilchattan Bay | Half day walk | ★★★

[View north over Bute from Suidhe Chatain]

Kilchattan Bay is the southernmost settlement on Bute and feels like a little slice of Devon or Cornwall. Beyond here you can only proceed on foot, on the southern (circular) leg of the West Island Way long distance route. The excellent coast path to Glencallum Bay is flanked by blackberry bushes that provide a delicious meal in season, while the return inland passes St Blane's Chapel, a 12th century ruin which once served as the parish church for the entire island. A low hill near the end gives great views over the rest of Bute and surrounding Firth of Clyde islands.

[Loch na Leighe (right) and St Blane's Hill (left) on the approach to St Blane's Church]

📌 Walk: Bute-iful bays on the trail to St Blane's ★★★
Start / finish on the B881 (street parking) near the jetty, Kilchattan Bay village centre, Bute, G.R.: NS 103550 ///chap.instead.followers

▶ 9 km / 6 mi | ▲ 220 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Kilchattan Bay; Glencallum Bay; St Blane's Church; △ Suidhe Chatain (157 m)
Terrain: Mostly clear but rough footpaths with very short sections of road and track. A little mud on the inland return, which is also quite hilly.

Route & map

Start & Kilchattan Bay - Glencallum Bay via coast path - Loch na Leighe - St Blane's Church - Suidhe Chatain - start. Suidhe Chatain involves slight detour and back from West Island Way, otherwise this route follows the official trail throughout.


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

On our visit

Wildlife: Blackberry bonanza; also cows, seabirds, frogs and lots of sheep.
Weather: Generous sunny spells, temperature in mid-teens, light wind.

Also on this walk

📌 Kilchattan Bay ★★
💬 Bute's best east coast beach, stretching a mile north from the village of the same name.
Next to the B881 in Kilchattan Bay village centre, Bute, G.R.: NS 099554 ///arriving.dolphin.bandaged

📌 St Blane's Church ★★
💬 Ruined 12th century parish church partially overlying an even older monastery.
Off minor road 2 mi southwest of Kilchattan Bay village, Bute, G.R.: NS 095534 ///obviously.showcase.gates
Always open | Free

💬 If not visiting as part of the walk, closest parking for the church is at G.R.: NS 093531 ///spark.fussy.sped - from here it's a 10-min uphill walk through fields.

[Coast path shortly after leaving Kilchattan Bay]

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