Rothesay Walk/ Port Bannatyne
This is an extension for those that prefer to stay in the Countryside rather than walk along the Coastline.
Go to Rothesay Walk Number 2 and follow directions till you come to a Marker post which says “West Island Way” pointing to go left and my arrow says go straight on, well this time follow my new arrow and go left and follow the way markers till you come to the Bannatyne Mains Road, and the Post there says go left, but my arrow says go right, so go right (20 mph Twenty's Plenty) the sign says, heading downhill with houses on your left, till you come to near its end and go right onto a fairly rough broad track, with a sign that says (20 Twenty's Plenty ends) and you can now do (30mph) . Who are they kidding? Along this level road, at times muddy with puddles till you come to the Gortans Road, where you will see fairly new houses on your right. There you turn right and head steadily uphill, but you will also see a small arrow pointing downhill. This is an escape route for those that have had enough of the moors and will now prefer to get back the easy way.
Those that head down, will now be on Rothesay Walk 2, heading for home.
But 'you don't want to go this way', you want to head uphill and perhaps see the Birds, Butterflies, Caterpillars that you may have missed on the way to this point. There are plenty of Whins , hedges,and tall grasses on route, so there is always a possibility of seeing a Green Hairstreak Butterfly on these whins. I have not seen one in this area yet, but as there are plenty about Bute it is just a matter of time. There are usually plenty of other Butterflies and daytime flying Moths on this section both going and returning. Buzzards abound this area in the woods to your left as you near the top , and plenty of Caterpillars on the path that you are on.
After you pass a house, then a Farm - Dwelling house on your right with Geese and Ducks announcing your arrival, you will come to where you left the track earlier, so go straight on and retrace your steps, and for a wee change, when you pass which was once Rothesay Academy Upper and Lower, now derelict, you will see a house with a tower, so head down the Rockery path down past this house and when you get to the bottom turn right and follow this road (No Entry) down to its end where you will be at Rothesay , taking care as there is only a short pavement on it with traffic coming up it, then cross over and head to the pier again ,or wander about willy-nilly, remembering that there is a male and female toilets in the Discovery Centre.
I hope that once again you have enjoyed this walk as much as I do.