Walk: Teeny Tarmore Hill

Bute | Short walk | ★★★

[Bench with a view over Inchmarnock, Tarmore Hill]

At under 100 metres in height, Tarmore Hill on Bute is barely worthy of the name, but boasts surprisingly big views for its small stature. Count the islands and peninsulas you can see from the top: Bute, Inchmarnock, Arran, Holy Island, Kintyre, Cowal, and probably a few more besides. Summit and car park are only 500 metres apart and a route between them is marked on some Ordnance Survey maps; in reality, a narrow path leads to a gate and after that you're pretty much on your own except for the odd sheep. After admiring the panorama from the viewpoint indicator, retrace your steps (as detailed here) or you could follow a faint trod further along the broad ridge... but we're not sure where it ends up. Back at the car park, a second path leads to a lower viewpoint from which seals can sometimes be spotted basking on the rocks below.

[Arran seen from the car park viewpoint]

📌 Walk: Teeny Tarmore Hill ★★★
▶ 1 km / <1 mile | ▲ 30 metres
Summits: Tarmore Hill (85 metres)
Start / finish: Car park on A844 5 miles southwest of Rothesay, Bute, G.R.: NS 051584 ///resist.passion.jolt

Route: Car park - Tarmore Hill - start by outward route
Terrain: Intermittent moorland path with some mud, steep at first.
Wildlife today: Sheep, small birds, cattle prints.
Weather today: Sunny, light winds, about 10ºC.

[Looking north into Argyll from the summit]

Route map

Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

More photos

[Scalpsie Bay from the start]

[Company]

[Views of Arran on the ascent]

[Looking northwest from the summit - a path continues in the direction of Rothesay]

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