The Isle of Cumbrae, also known as Great Cumbrae, lies on the Ayrshire coast and is roughly four miles long and two miles wide.
Just a short ferry trip from Largs, Cumbrae is regarded as Scotland’s most accessible island.
This was recommended to us via Instagram, we debated leaving the car in Larg but thankfully we took it, because Niyah decided to get her foot stuck in the bike wheel, which resulted in two hoosital rips, xray and broken toe with crutches, thankfully those who live on the Island are so friendly and supported us.
The boat ride was quick, we stayed in the car as it crossed, once at the Island the road leads straight to Millport with ample roadside parking.
A short boat ride of just 10 minutes from Largs, you can walk on the boat and get the bus from the port to Millport, or you can take you car, we paid £25 return for 2 adults 3 children and the car.
WHAT TO DO ON THE ISLAND
MAPES OF MILLPORT
As a family business, they have been serving the Island of Cumbrae since 1946, it is the only toy shop on the Island, The Toy Shop carries an extensive range of toys and games from leading manufacturers. Fishing tackle is also available to be purchased
The bike shop has the biggest fleet and the largest selection of bike available in Scotland and we 100% recommend you hiring from them.
This is the best way too see the beauty of the Island. We hired this fantastic family rike that seats 6 people plus 2 toddlers.
You can hire bicycles, tricycles, tandems, quadricycles, tagalongs, kiddie cabs and even dog carriers for hire by the hour, day or week or more.
Customer service is outstanding, with friendly owners and they are open 7 days a week.
Check them out
FINTRY BAY TEA ROOMS
Visit the secluded sunset cafe, stunning views out over the Clyde to Arran and Bute. Fresh baking, picnic boxes, ice creams and traditional hot peas!
Amazing selection of Ice creams which the kids loved, especially the Palma Violet flavour.
Owners are fantastic, friendly and welcoming.
Great prices too and amazing views.
PLAY AREA FOR THE KIDS
Great play area for children, located on the front by the beach on West Bay road just passed the bowls club.
This was a great place to stop whilst we were cycling around the Island.
CATHEDRAL OF THE ISLES
Britain’s smallest Cathedral and dates from 1851. It was built on ground owned by the Boyle family, and its founder, George Frederick Boyle, later became 6th Earl of Glasgow.
Many visitors seem unaware of the existence of our little Cathedral because it is situated among trees behind the town. To make your way there, find College Street, which runs at right angles to the seashore, between the Newton Bar and the Garrison grounds. Follow College Street up the gentle hill, past George Street (Church of Our Lady), and a little further on, you will find the entrance to the Cathedral grounds through an elaborate gateway on your right. If you need to bring a vehicle close to the Cathedral, ask directions from one of the shopkeepers.
Millport has two museums, one in the Garrison Building which is about the island, its history and its people. And the Robertson Museum is at the Field Studies Council (formerly the Marine Research Station) it concentrates on the marine life around the island and the Firth of Clyde. The Robertson Museum boasts an aquarium with examples of the species found around our island shores.
The Garrison Museum is situated on the right as you enter the Garrison building it has artifacts and stories from the island’s past and free to enter. Due to current restrictions please check when it is open as we didnt get to visit but will be going back.
Gorgeous beach in Millport which is a great place for a picnic, nbuilding sandcastles or sunbathing.
Local wildlife includes owls, polecats, rabbits, common kestrels and the occasional golden eagle and sea eagle, as well as a large seabird population: fulmars, cormorants, oystercatchers and many more. Other marine life includes seals, basking sharks, porbeagle sharks and dolphins.
We were not able to spot any animals but did get to see some amazing birds along the coast.
Plenty of places to stop and let the kids stretch their legs, whether you bike or walk, or like us do a bit of both, its easily accessible from Largs and has the most amazing views.
Check out the website below for more details and accomodation.