Bute is only 33 miles from Glasgow making it one of the most accessible westerly isles in Scotland. The island is 15 miles long and offer a wide range of cycling options for all capabiliteis, all complete with some truly spectacular views. The public roads around Bute offer a range of cycling options, there is a 23 mile route that takes in most of the island and is perfect for a fun filled family day out.
There is a growing cycling scene emerging on Bute thanks to the Bute Wheelers who organise an annual cycling festival known as the Rothesay weekend. Cycling enthusiasts can tackle the infamous Serpantine Hill or take part in a 10 mile time trial and road race. The weekend is hugely succesful and attracts cyclists from across Scotland.
Mountain biking is also hugely popular on Bute, and there are no shortages of options for keen mountain bikers. There are many trails in the forest by Loch Fad and some new trails will be appearing in the community forest at the north of the island which will be graded from black to blue.
If you fancy discovering the cycling scene on Bute, we’ve pulled together a list of routes ranging from hard core hill climbs to leisurely rides that are perfect for the whole family.
Cyclists looking for a challenge can tackle The Serpantine, which is one of Scotland’s most technical hill climbs. Although just under half a mile, the category 2 climb has 14 hairpin bends and is definitely not for the faint hearted! If you feel up to the challenge the time to beat is 1 minute 57 seconds.
Port Bannantyne to Ettrick Bay
This route is around 3 miles each way. The path runs along the back of Port Bannantyne, as it is off the road it is perfect for families with young children who want to explore the island and take in some of the scenic surroundings.
Rothesay to Ettrick Bay
Cycle through the town of Port Bannantyne which takes around 10 miles to complete. Due to being slightly longer it is more suitable for slightly more experienced riders. Cylists are treated to amazing views of Arran on this route, so its definitely worth the effort.