Location

Festival 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 where registration will take place.  Dinners on Friday and Saturday will be served in the tearoom. 

For 2018 we will also have the option of booking luxury camping pods – more details to come.


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

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

Rothesay

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/  

Ferries

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 of Kayak Argyll and Bute.

Paddlers at the 2012 festival

Paddlers at the first 2012 festival