My children had a great time on Cumbrae. it is definitely one of their favourite islands. They spent most of their time in the centre of Millport on the ‘Blue Flag’ Newton Beach. They played crazy golf and bounded up and down on the trampolines. They had a whale of a time.
We then went for a walk over to the Cathederal of the Isles, which is the smallest Cathedral in the UK. We then walked back down to have a look at ‘Crocodile Rock’ which is (you’ve guessed it) a rock painted to look like a Crocodile. A great photo opportunity.
Cumbrae has other notable attractions such as the Marine Research Station and it is home to the Scottish National Sailing School.
With easy access from Largs on the mainland, Cumbrae is a great island to spend time on and is especially great for families.
How do I get to Cumbrae? To get to Cumbrae (or Great Cumbrae as it is often known), there is a frequent Caledonian Macbrayne Car Ferry from Largs, on the west coast of Scotland.
How do I get around Cumbrae? There is a Bus that meets every ferry going to and from the ferry. Also, there are two taxi companies on Cumbrae, Caldwell Taxi’s and Cumbrae Cab’s. Again Cumbrae is an excellent island for walkers and cyclists. Tours around Cumbrae are available through Shearings Holidays.
What’s worth visiting on Cumbrae? Millport, the main settlement on Cumbrae, is a pretty village, where the majority of the population live. In Millport is the Cathederal of the Isles, which is Britain’s smallest Cathedral and dates from 1851. You can also stay here. Also, there is an Aquarium and Museum at the Marine Research Station, on the outskirts of Millport.
Where can I stay on Cumbrae? Ambler Guest House and Westbourne House are two Guest Houses on the island. There is also self-catering at Island Snug, Fisherman’s Nook, Millport Holiday Lodges and also Downcraig Ferry House, near the Ferry slipway as well as Bramble Cottage in Millport. Finally, you can hire 4-berth caravans at Westbourne Caravan Park.
Any other information on Cumbrae? The Cumbrae Sensory Trail will take you around the islands 11-miles of coastline, with the opportunity to delight in the island’s nature and wildlife, sandy bays and pebble beaches, sea life and beautiful scenery. Using an Audio Guide you can see, taste, smell, touch and listen to aspects of Cumbrae.