Bogany Wood offers a mile-long walk between Rothesay Town Centre and Ardencraig Gardens through lovely ancient woodlands with gorgeous high level views over Rothesay Bay and up Loch Striven. Whilst there is a wide hardcore path, reasonably accessible from the Ardencraig end for several hundred yards, in places the path is steep and uneven making it unsuitable for wheelchairs / the infirm.
From the Ardencraig end, the wood is accessed from Eastlands Avenue which runs up the hill from the Victorian pumping station at Bogany Point. Grid reference 55.84116, -5.02799 /// goggles.acquaint.widgets.
From the Rothesay end, the wood is accessed from the end of Bishop Terrace which joins the Serpentine road halfway down the hill. Grid reference 55.83811, -5.04936 /// sharper.defenders.juggled. This entry point can also be reached via steep steps leading up behind the Kettledrum cafe opposite the ferry pier.
There is a feeder path approximately two thirds of the way from Rothesay to Ardencraig which leads up from Crichton Road behind the Glenburn Hotel.
Bogany Wood is partially wheelchair accessible. Before visiting you may wish to contact them for clarification if this is a concern.
Bogany Wood does not have a car park, however there is usually plenty of free on-street parking in the vicinity.
A lovely walk with stunning views
If you stick to the main footpath this is about a mile long from Rothesay to Ardencraig, but there are other less trodden paths that can take you up to a bridle path leading further up Canada Hill to the horse riding place. The footpath is rough in places especially after bad weather but should be accessible to most. It's worth it though for the high level views over Rothesay Bay and up Loch Striven - quite beautiful especially at sunset. It's also fascinating to be able to see the rear of the houses along Battery Place!
Community forest with lots of woodland activities for visitors
Yoga class meeting at Mill Cottage Hall on Monday evenings
Bute's own walking group, part of the Ramblers' Association
Walks and feeds with alpacas and Pygmy goats on Bute!
Municipal leisure centre with 25m swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room
Unmanned lighthouse on the edge of stunning isolated Glancallum Bay
Ancient woodlands on a steep hill climb overlooking Rothesay Bay
Personal trainer, fitness instructor and gym
A 2 mile coast-to-coast walk following the old tramway
A long-distance waymarked path traversing most of Bute
Yoga for Wellbeing-Private/ Group and Workshops.
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