The Isle of Bute is located 34 miles from the city of Glasgow. This Isle is considered to be one of the easiest accessible isles in the Scottish Central Belt.  It is divided by highland and lowland by the Highland Boundary Fault. Bute is a peaceful and serene island getaway. It is also not very far from the mainland, which is also a plus. Bute also provides visitors with magnificent gardens and beautiful architecture.

 

On the coast of the Isle of Bute, you will find Rhubodach Forest. This forest is an ancient woodland and commercial forest. The Bute Community Land Company purchased over 100 hectares of forest located in the northern section of the island. The Bute Community Land Company is a charitable company that consists of residents living on the island. This section of the Rhubodach forest was officially purchased in 2010. The main goal of this purchase was to add footpaths, bicycle trails, and hydro schemes to their community. This land purchase would also help the community stand its ground and lead in regenerating the island. Buteforest.com would love you to say hi to our friends here.

 

 

The section of land purchased is located at the far northern end of Bute. You will find it in close proximity to a ferry terminal (Colintraive-Rhubodach). The northern section of Bute provides many opportunities to see deer, many types of fungi, a variety of bird species, archaeological spots, and finally a decoy bunker village from WWII that offers beautiful views.

 

Forest Activities

The forest also provides many activities for children and adults to enjoy. Perhaps try out a scavenger hunt? The Find It guide provides a fun scavenger hunt for visitors walking to the Balnakailly Settlement. Can you find all the items on your walk? The Painted Rock Trail is also great for children! Be sure to stop along the way and let your children paint a rock to place anywhere they want along the trail.

Can you find a frog along the trail? Visitors can see many types of frogs along the way hiding in leaves and wet places near the ponds. Please do not pick up or touch the frogs as they carry germs. However, if you touch a frog be sure to wash your hands afterward. Visitors will also experience moths, see deer and deer tracks, find all types of fungi, and even try bark rubbing. Bark rubbing is also a great activity to try. Bark rubbing is when you place a piece of regular paper over the tree bark and then rub a pencil or crayon over the paper. Feel free to use different colors!

 

 

Fungi

You can find all sorts of fungi in the forest. Fungi can be found on dead trees and even on deciduous trees. Deciduous trees can be described as trees that turn brown and lose their leaves in the winter season. Do not eat fungi. If you have touched fungi, be sure to wash your hands afterward as they are poisonous. Fungi play an important role for the forest animals and plants, try not to damage them. They are also known as a group of living organisms that are sorted into their own kingdom. You will find fungi anywhere in the world, on land, in the water, the air, and in plants and animals. Fungi consists of over 100,000 different species.

 

The Roles of Fungi

Food: Fungi can be used as food. For example, mushrooms and truffles involve the use of fungi. Also, yeast is fungi. It is used to bake bread.

Decomposition: Fungi are also important of the role of decomposition. Decomposition is vital for the cycles of life. This includes the nitrogen cycle, carbon cycle, and oxygen cycles.

Medicine : Some different types of fungi are used to kill many different types of bacteria. Most bacteria causes infection and diseases in people. Fungi are well known to make penicillin and cephalosporin.

 

There are also three main known types of fungi. These types are mushrooms, mold, and yeast. Mushrooms are considered to be the body of the fungus. However, while some mushrooms are good to eat some aren’t due to be very poisonous. Molds are known to be formed from old fruit, bread, and cheese. Yeast is small single-celled organisms. Therefore, yeast is well known for making bread rise.

 

 

Also in the forest are red deer. The red deer is a shy animal. If you are lucky enough to see one, they will most likely be quiet. The red deer is one of the largest species of deer. The deer showcases a coat of light color in the summer, with a patch even lighter towards the back. However, you will see in the winter months that the deer will grow longer hair around the neck area.