Some call it “The Jewel in the Clyde” others “The Island of a thousand bicycles”
– and some just refer to it as “Our wee bit of paradise”
There’s so much for everyone on the Island of Great Cumbrae so why not come across in 2017 and decide for yourself. From sailing, canoeing, wind-surfing and golf for the sports enthusiasts to leisurely walks, bowling or just relaxing on our safe, sandy beaches – you’ll find it all within the island. It’s just an 8.5 minute ferry crossing from Largs on the Ayrshire mainland and Largs is is just an hour away from Glasgow by car, train or bus, and a bus service meets every ferry arrival to whisk you in to Millport town centre.
There are a surprising number of things to see and do on the island and you can be as active as you like or just decide to completely relax, unwind and let the world go by. With around 1,000 bicycles for hire on the Island, all the family can join in the pleasure of cycling and taking in the spectacular views to be found around each corner. There are lots of things for kids to do from messing about in rock-pools to playing on our safe, sandy beaches or having fun on the amusements. For adults there are the shops to browse, beaches to relax on, quiet places to unwind and lots of places to have a coffee or something more substantial.
There are actually two Isles of Cumbrae. The Isle of Great Cumbrae is the larger of the two and includes the town of Millport which has been the holiday destination for thousands over the centuries. Wee Cumbrae is a separate island to the south which is privately owned and mostly uninhabited and can only be visited by arrangement. There are also two Eileans (or small islands) in the bay, just off the main beach, which are home to our other residents – around 40 common and grey seals which are often seen swimming in the waters around the bay.