Cycling, Walking

Bute is a fantastic destination for cyclists. It is big enough to offer a wide range of cycling options, but not too big that the main town of Rothesay is ever that far away. The public roads around Bute offer a number of cycling options. There is a 23-mile loop that takes in most of the perimeter of the island, and also roads that bisect it and thereby provide shorter routes. At the north end, new mountain bike trails through the forest have been established and are graded from blue to black. Brian & Janet own a small selection of bikes and are happy to lend these to Plan Farm guests where suitable, or alternatively bike hire is available in Rothesay at The Bike Shed

Bute is a lovely place to walk. It is fairly low lying so there are no strenuous climbs, just 360 degrees of beautiful views. From the recently established West Island Way to the trails and paths through the Bute Community Forest, there are plenty of walks to choose from.

The West Island Way was the first way-marked long distance island footpath in Scotland. You could walk it between one and five days but it is best walked over two. The route is way-marked, running the complete length of the island for around 30 miles, the first 4 miles of which are all on Plan Farm and can be enjoyed as a separate shorter walk directly from your front door. The full route crosses a dramatic landscape, with a beautiful coastline, beaches, farmland, the moors, and forests.