Location and campsite

The Festival (WSKF) takes place at Ettrick Bay on the west coast of the Isle of Bute, which is on the west coast of Scotland.The campsite is next to the Ettrick Bay tearoom. There are toilets, and access to fresh water. There will be a marquee for socialising and is where registration will take place.  Dinners on Friday and Saturday will be served in the tearoom. 

How to book a pod

For 2018 we have the option of booking luxury glamping pods that have just been built by our hosts, the owners of Ettrick Bay Tea Room.  Each pod:

  • Sleeps 3 comfortably, on fold down sofas, two people would be very cosy on the sofa beds as they are not very wide, another couple of folk could be squeezed in on sleeping mats provided if you wished.
  • Includes bed linen and towels are included
  • Has own bathroom and shower room.
  • Cost varies between £70 and £90 per night depending on how many are sharing.

The ‘pod web site’ is not yet up and running so we are taking names and reserving pods with the owners directly at the moment. There are only 5 pods and we are certain that they will book out very quickly, if you wish to book one please email Roddy McDowell in the first instance. They will be reserved on a ‘first come first serve’ basis.

View Ettrick Bay Tea room in a larger map

Address – Ettrick Bay tearoom, Ettrick Bay, Isle of Bute, Argyll

In addition to the camping and pods, there are many options for accommodation.


This is the main town on the island. There are public showers available at the main CalMac ferry harbour, cafes, petrol station, two supermarkets (one small, one larger), ATMs.

The Showers are open 7 days and worth a visit http://www.bute.me/victoriantoilets/  


There are two frequent ferry routes to Bute. A short 3 minute crossing at Colintraive at the north end of the Island and a half hour crossing from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay, which is the main town on the island. The ferries are very frequent. Ferry prices and schedules from Caledonian MacBrayne.

Kayaking conditions

Bute is the premier sea kayaking location in the Firth of Clyde. The island is 25km long by 6 km wide with roughly 60km circumnavigation of a varied coastline packed with interest.

There are many access points, so we can almost always find sheltered water for skill development sessions. The narrow channels of the East and West Kyles provide outstanding scenic paddling leading you to the Burnt Islands and the anchorage of An Caladh.

The open water to the south and west gives a feeling of remoteness out of all proportion to our proximity to the City of Glasgow and the towns of the Clyde coast. The opportunity for rougher water conditions can always be found. Bird life abounds and the seals at the colony on Inchmarnock Island find kayakers a great source of interest and possibly amusement.

For added inspiration and information download the Sea kayaking guide to the Isle of Bute and surrounding waters (PDF) by Roddy McDowell.

Paddlers at the 2012 festival

Paddlers at the first 2012 festival