Bird's Eye View of Bute

Drumreoch Circuit

(1) Leaving the Moor
(1) Leaving the Moor
(2) Turn Right
(2) Turn Right
(3) Follow Follow
(3) Follow Follow
(4) Nice Walking
(4) Nice Walking
(5) Head Uphill
(5) Head Uphill
(6) Nice wee Cottage Just to look at
(6) Nice wee Cottage Just to look at
(7) Disused Trig Point
(7) Disused Trig Point
(8) Seat for a V.I.P. Lady (deceased)
(8) Seat for a V.I.P. Lady (deceased)
(9) Arran Hills
(9) Arran Hills
(10) Scalpsie Bay
(10) Scalpsie Bay
(11) Quien Loch
(11) Quien Loch
(12) Head this way
(12) Head this way

 

 

Drumreoch Circuit.

Miles =3.3.

Kilometres = 5.31.

If you have walking poles or even a walking stick, take them, as once you come to the junction with the West Highland Way, it may well be a bit lumpy due to tractors using it , depending on the time of year.

 

Start at Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay War Memorial.

 

Now, take care as you will be walking on the main road for a short distance, ( about 400 yards) so walk facing the oncoming traffic, till you come to a signpost saying Drumreoch Circuit. ( This sign was photographed heading uphill as the sun was in my eyes, so you turn right there) Half way up towards Drumreoch, you will come to a sign “Beware of the  bull”. Well this field has got Barley growing in it (2010), so I don't think you will be seeing a bull today. What they want is a sign that could be fitted when there was 'actually' a bull in that area .
Head up till you come to this steading which used to be a lived in, and working farm, now a winter residence for the cattle.

Passing this winter residence for catttle, head downwards, it is a great place for Brambles and Butterflies and daytime flying moths. and wild field mushrooms.
Down to the stream at the bottom, listening out for a pair of Buzzards that have been nesting here for many years, then uphill for a short distance and you will come to another track on your left.but ignore it, as you go straight on.
This is part of the West Island Way which you will be using till you get to the New Farm Junction
Tall hedges on either side with many many small birds to keep the Ornithologists in your company happy, but due to the high hedges, panoramic views are few and far between.
Carry on level ground till you join on to another track, ' Lord James' Ride.' Have a look at the lovely wee cottage that comes under the name of 'Birgidale Butts' a name that covers all houses in this section. Go right and uphill. When you get to the top, you will notice a plinth on your left with information on it. This was originally a Trig Point (Triangulation Pod, now disused) Look behind it and you will see a lovely wooden seat erected there for the late Dorothy Marshall... For more info about this very remarkable woman, go to the Buteshire Natural History Societies Museum in Stuart Street beside Rothesay Castle.

This Lord James' Ride was once, many years ago a bus route during the summer, and the first bus to use it at the start of the season carried stones to fill in the pot-holes! Definitely not an 'A'class road?
Taking turns at having a seat and enjoying the views of Arran far away to your left, and Scalpsie Bay also down on your left, and The Quien Loch in front of you, with a little view of Loch Fad far to your right.

Replenished and rested you may now go back to the track, turn left, and carry on downhill, then undulating track, till you get to the cross roads with a sign pointing you to Kingarth , turn right and head to the car park. and then home.


I hope that you enjoyed this walk , and will want me to find more for you.

Norrie Mulholland
01-06-2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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