Kyles of Bute

The Kyles are excellent for the day sailor. Sailors have many sheltered anchorages to choose from, both on the Bute side and along the mainland. We have a weeks cruising using Carry Farm as a base. Excellent hosts and lovely 'chalet' accommodation.

Experienced sailors will find the Kyles of Bute an absolute pleasure. These are quiet straits and part of Argyll’s Secret Coast. Loch Riddon and Loch Ruel, at the northern end of the Kyles, are particularly scenic

The Kyles of Bute are beautiful narrow sea straits stretching from Tighnabruaich round the northern end of the Isle of Bute. The Kyles are designated a National Scenic Area. The narrowest point of the Kyles of Bute is just 300 metres across, between Rhubodach on the Isle of Bute, and Colintraive on the mainland. CalMac operate a ferry service across this strait, which takes only 5 minutes. Tighnabruaich is a Gaelic name meaning "the house on the hill". Never has there been such an appropriate named village, the steep hills rising above the shoreline prove this. When approaching by road, only completed in the 1960’s, you drive along the narrow and twisty road chiselled and blasted out of the hillside, you are met with spectacular views. There are several viewpoints along the road, and on a clear day there are great views, especially look for the view over Burnt Island narrows.

Please take care if you are a sailor or venturing out into these waters – you need to know what you’re doing as tidal and coastal conditions may be different from what you are used to.

View of the Burnt Island narrows - choose your run through here carefully!


Slipway at Carry Farm - with the tide IN!


Loch Riddon off to the left and top view of the Burnt Isles.


Can't recommend this area enough - some superb scenery. I particularly suggest exploring Loch Riddon.


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