A walk from Kilchattan Bay - Airport - Golf Course - Drumreoch- Scoulag Moor - Rothesay.
Miles = 10.00
Klms = 16.00
This walk starts at the bus terminus at the far end of the Village of Kilchattan Bay.
It is a fairly easy , but long walk, but there is a point that if your do not want to go on, you can wait for a bus at the Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay War Memorial, just stick out your hand and the bus will pick you up.
Walk back through the village till you come to the last house on your left, then you will see a sign saying “The Plan Road”. Head up the path, and turn right along a well made path, which can be very muddy in some places in summer or winter, so good footwear is essential, and perhaps gaiters if you have them. Further along this path you will come across catwalks, which makes life a bit easier, and I thought, why didn't they put in catwalks at the start? Maybe they started at the Plan road end and run out of wood?
Just before you come to the Plan Road, there is a seat then you can use to draw your breath or make any alterations to your footwear etc.
Cross over the road and follow the path along the side of the field, and the first gate that you come to takes you into the Airstrip which is used for Air Ambulance, small private planes, Micro-lights etc, so you may get a birds eye view of some of that landing or taking off, or you maybe able to have a closer look at some of them that are stationary, as you will be beside the parking area that they move to after landing.
Bird life here all depends what time of the year that you will be there at , and I have covered this in previous walks
Carry on through another gate and then another, and you are now on the Golf Course, so mind your head. There should be no problems at the start as you come to a Tee -Off part, but as you get near the end of the wide path, you are in the firing line from a tee-off which is about a hundreds yards to your left, bear in mind, you are on their ground so if any of the golfers are on the tee, wait for them to tee-off, then swing to your right, heading for a gate in the Drystane Dyke.
Now you are in a putting area, so your head is safe for a few minutes , but be quiet if putting is in play, then head for a gate with a post with white paint on the top. Through, and head along the shore keeping your head down as once more you are in the firing line. After about fifty yards you are in the clear from now on from flying missiles, but keep your eyes peeled as I always find at least one of those flying missiles each time I pass through.
Along the shore at the high tide mark till you come to a stream. Head upstream which at this point is out of sight, but all will be revealed as you go over a small rise, a bridge! Over this bridge and head in the same direction that the bridge is pointing as this is important as the next waymarker is a bit away.. Look at the fence to your right and follow it with your eyes and you will see the marker in the distance, and no doubt plenty of cattle, but they are no problem unless you have a dog with you, but they will only be interested in it, not you . Through and head uphill to the farm. Through two gates, along for about fifty yards till you came to the main road, turn left and head for Stravannan Glen and at the bottom of this Glen go right.
Uphill in a rough track, passing Upper Stravanan, which is on your left, then carry on till you come to another track with a waymarker pointing for you to go left, but at this point you go right, and you are now on the Drumreoch Circuit heading down and then up to the Drumreoch steading, which can be handy for shelter if required, but the storage place for animal food may be full up, but you may manage to squeeze in somewhere?
Along and down, then up to the main road where you go left and walk along to the Memorial.
The choice is now yours. (A) go left and head for Rothesay via Scoulag Moor 4 Miles 6.43Klms or (B) wait for a bus. If you choose (B) then make sure that you have a timetable with you, (which you will get of any bus driver) Choose (A) and you have a lovely walk over the moors with an elevated position giving you great views.
Carry on passing three houses on this undulating track, then it's downhill to the South end of loch Ascog where you will find a Bird Hide, handy for birding, resting,dining, or shelter from the elements?.
Up hill passing Lochend Farm, then you will come to the main road. Go right , along and down bearing in mind that there are no pavements till you get to the School Complex, then head down High Street and the finish.
I hope that you have enjoyed this walk.
There is one more that I will do in this area, then I will switch to other parts of Bute, then when all the track walks are completed I will start “Rough Walking”
If you have left home with no food or drink, the Post Office and Shop. ( Now The Trading Post) at Kilchattan now serves home made soup ,cakes and scones. And also does toasties, teas and coffee,and sandwiches, freshly made to order. Seating for 10, with plenty more seating outside. Hours of opening. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday. 9am till 4pm, but if busy 5pm. Wednesday. Half Day, 9am till 12.30. Sunday 11am till 3pm, or 4pm if busy.