Outdoor Activities

Whether a cyclist, golfer, canoeist or just a plain old walker during your stay at Dykenamar there will always be things to do!  Below we have highlighted some of the main outdoor activities available across the Island. For those wishing to take in the attractions and learn more about the History of Bute, please see the "History" link on your left.

Golf Lovers

Bute has 3 fantastic golf courses: Rothesay Golf Club, Port Bannatyne Golf Club and Bute Golf Club.  You can enjoy a day playing on some of Scotland's most scenic golf courses in a truly picturesque setting.



Beach Lovers

There are several bays located around Bute:

  • Ettrick Bay
  • Scalpsie Bay
  • St Ninians Bay
  • Kilchattan Bay
  • Stravannan Bay




Bute really is a walkers paradise with several well signed and well maintained walks all over the island.  I have provided some links below to help you plan your stay:

The West Island Way is Scotland's first official island long distance footpath and was opened in 2000 to celebrate the turn of the millennium. You could walk it in one epic, two, three, four or even five days.

The route is waymarked, running the complete length of the Island of Bute for around 40 kilometres. It crosses a varied landscape, with a fascinating stretch of coastline, beaches, rich farmland, moors, forests and fine views of Arran and the Cowal peninsula.

The Bird's Eye View of Bute website also provides great guidance for various walks across the island.


Loch Fad (Rainbow and Brown Trout) is a 175 acre loch (known as the 'long loch') and lies directly along the Highland fault line. It is classified by Scottish Natural Heritage as a site of special scientific interest for its scenic beauty and its huge diversity of bird life and vegetation.

The Isle of Bute Angling Association was formed in the early 1970's by Mr Murdo MacKenzie.  The Association's objective is the practice, promotion and protection of all forms of angling on the Isle of Bute.


There are cycling events on throughout the year (see the event link on your left) but bikes can be hired from The Bike Shed.


Water Sports

Keen sailors should contact the Isle of Bute Sailing Club.

Kayak Bute cater for novice paddler or seasoned kayakers.  The sheltered Kyles of Bute and the open water to the west dominated by the mountains of Arran make the Isle of Bute one of Scotland's world class sea kayaking destinations.


Why not try Pony trekking at the Rothesay Riding Centre, Ardbrannan on Canada Hill. The owners are Laura & David, Mobile No. 0772 584 2005 for further information.


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