Welcome to the Isle of Cumbrae, and its only town of Millport.
Located on the West Coast of Scotland, less than one hour by train from Glasgow and two from Edinburgh, Cumbrae is a perfect day trip for local and international visitors alike, with a brief 8-minute ferry ride from the mainland town of Largs. And you don’t even need a car. In fact, cycling is officially Millport’s national sport! Being just over 10 miles around, and relatively flat, Millport is the perfect place to rent a bike and enjoy a wee cycle round the island.
Surrounded by an ever-changing sea and magnificent views of the surrounding islands of Bute and Arran, Millport embodies the typical small Scottish island community, with an historic Victorian town centre dotted with a range of shops and pubs, encircling a charming harbour. In its heyday in the 1950’s and 60’s, Millport was a favourite family holiday destination “doon the watter” and pictures taken during that time show a thriving town, with thousands of summer visitors enjoying a paddle on one of Cumbrae’s many beaches, strolling along the promenade and participating in a wide range of organised activities and attractions.
Lured by a longing to escape everyday life and experience a quieter existence, today’s holiday-makers can still enjoy a bit of that time stands still feeling in Millport. Locals and visitors repeatedly remark that once on that short 8-minute ferry journey, surrounded by the beauty of islands and the sea, a transformation takes place and all troubles fade away to feelings of calm and tranquility. Perhaps that’s why you’ll often hear reference to our island as Magical Millport!
TRAVEL TO MILLPORT
Distinguished as Scotland’s most accessible island, visitors to Millport use the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Largs, which can easily be reached by train from Glasgow and Edinburgh. Caledonian MacBrayne operate an 8-minute ferry service from Largs to Cumbrae slip every 30 minutes in the winter and every 15 minutes in the summer for vehicles and foot passengers. Passengers can hop off the ferry straight onto a bus, which runs in conjunction with the ferries. For more details of the service visit the www.calmac.co.uk
ACTIVITIES & ACCOMMODATION
Millport boasts a wide range of activities for all ages. From scenic walks and cycles around and over the island, to the must have souvenir photo on our famous Crocodile rock; from kids crazy golf and putting to a stunning 18-hole golf course; from Victorian weekend each April, to the one and only Millport Country Music Festival each August, Millport offers something for everyone. Come for a day, a weekend or longer; Millport offers a range of accommodation, from bed and breakfasts to a long list of self-catering establishments. For a comprehensive list of accommodation and activities in Millport please visit www.millport.org