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Things to do on Cumbrae

Greater Cumbrae is the larger of the two Cumbrae Isles. It's only town is Millport at the Southern end. The island is located in Ayrshire just off the coast at Largs. The island is ideal for a relaxing or energetic day out. With the highest hill being only 417 ft the walks are suitable for a wide range of abilities. It has the smallest Cathedral in Europe and the narrowest house in Britain (The Wedge - 47 inches at the front).

Getting to Cumbrae:

Cumbrae is easily accessed from the ferry slipway at Largs. Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) operate frequent ferries on the 10 minute crossing. The ferry takes cars and bikes as well as foot passengers. The local children make the ferry crossing to Largs each day to go to school. For information on CalMac ferries to Largs go to


Millport golf course is a 5828 yard, par 68, 18-hole challenge for all standards. Founded in 1888 it is one of the oldest courses on the Clyde. The views and peaceful location make a day on the golf course a refreshing break. To find out more go to

Water Sports:

Cumbrae is home to Scotland's National Water Sports Centre. The Centre provides coaching at every level in a range of water sports including dinghy sailing, cruising, windsurfing and sea kayaking. For more information go to the SportScotland website.


The focus is on sea fishing from the shore. The locals catch Cod and Mackerel. From Millport you can take a boat journey out to deeper waters for more adventurous catches. Fly fishing for rainbow trout is available on two reservoirs.

Birdwatching and Wildlife:

Sea birds and waders can be seen around the coastal fringes. On the cliffs fulmars and kittiwake breed. On the Inner Circle walk you may spot kestrels and buzzards.
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On your trip round the coast you are likely to see Common and Grey Seals. The island is home to many moorland species of small animal and nine types of orchid can be found here.


The island is on the Great Cumbrae Fault line that runs Northeast to Southwest. You can see some interesting rock formations on the island. The most popular with tourists are Crocodile rock, Indian's Face, Lion's Rock and Queen Victoria's Face. These natural formations have in the case of Crocodile Rock and Indian's Face been enhanced with colourful paint.


The Cathedral of the Isles was built in 1851 and is recognised as the smallest Cathedral in Europe. Designed by William Butterfield it is an early masterpiece of his architectural style. Visitors are welcome and the Cathedral is open daily. In summers there are Sunday music concerts. The College building offers bed and breakfast for an atmospheric and historical base from which to explore the island.


There are a various hotels, country houses and B&B's within the area. Go to the Ayrshire and Arran Tourist Board website to search for accommodation.