Field Studies Council Millport
FSC Millport is a field centre which welcomes groups of all ages who visit to learn about and explore the island and its wonderful wildlife.
During school holidays the centre offers Real Family Holiday, affordable family holidays that include fun free outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. Find out more.
The Robertson Museum and Aquarium at FSC Millport
Situated within the grounds of FSC Millport (formerly University Marine Biological Station) is a unique museum, named in honour of David Robertson ‘The Cumbrae Naturalist’. There is an associated aquarium where visitors can see some examples of the marine life which can be found around the island. There is a small charge for entrance, with concessions for children.
The museum exhibits illustrate the local marine habitats, features of the marine environment and the history of both the Marine Station and the Field Studies Council. The aquarium features inhabitants of the Firth of Clyde, a purely native marine aquarium. Get up close and personal with an array of marine creatures in the touch tanks or find out more about the diverse history of the Isle of Cumbrae, with dedicated staff on hand to bring them to life. There is something for all the family with new interactive displays and constantly changing exhibits.
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Museums & Aquarium
Millport has two museums,one housed in the Garrison Building focuses on the island, its history and its people. The other, known as the Robertson Museum is at the Field Studies Council (formerly the Marine Research Station) on the shore road from the town to the ferry slip and, as the location suggests, it concentrates on the marine life around the island and the Firth of Clyde. Both are well worth a visit and 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 an houses artifacts and stories from the island’s past and entrance is free. It is also adjacent to the Garrison Cafe which offers a range of food and beverages to suit both kids and adults. For more details of the Garrison click here.
Situated within the grounds of the Field Studies Council building, the Robertson Museum features a reconstruction of part of “The Arc” which was the first research station to be situated on the island in 1895 and was housed in a boat which was moored at Farland Point. There is an associated aquarium where visitors can see some of the examples of the marine life which can be found around the island. There is a small charge for entrance, with concessions for children. For more details click here.