The Kyles of Bute

The most sheltered waters on the Clyde can be found in the beautiful Kyles of Bute, the narrow stretches of water that separate the island of Bute from the mainland the North. Even when the wind is blowing hard and raising a chop in Loch Fyne you can usually enjoy peaceful sailing here.

Rothesay, the capital of Bute, lies at the bottom of the East Kyle. Heading North-west up the Kyle you soon reach Colintraive and the ferry across the narrows here. To port are the Burnt Islands and the narrow passage between them. To starboard, picturesque Caladh Harbour beckons for a lunch stop. Heading down the West Kyle look out for the Maids of Bute, two painted standing stones.

As the West Kyle widens out you pass the pretty villages of Tighnabruaich and Kames to starboard on the mainland of Argyll. You are now approaching the more open water of Loch Fyne, with spectacular views of Arran beginning to open up.