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Isle of Cumbrae

DMWScotlandDMWScotland VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
Anyone visted the Isle of Cumbrae?

It's a small flatish island with alot of heart! I've been a few times over the years and I visted again last week (15 July 2016). It was a wet dull foggy day, but myself and a friend still went ahead and walked around the island. We also walked up to the summit called the Glaid Stone (127 metres, 417ft).

14 miles later my legs were not my own lol ;). It was a great walk though, even though our cheeky weather decided to hide all the views that day!

More about Cumbrae

You sail from Largs to Cumbrae (takes around 8 minutes) and if you're a foot passenger you can take the bus to the main town Millport. You'll find very reasonable ferry prices from Calmac.

The island is 10.25 miles around the circular route. You can:
  • Hire bikes and ride around the island (very reasonal prices too)
  • Walk around the island which is fairly flat (anti-clockwise is best)
  • Geocache and find that hidden treasure
  • Spend your day in Millport town and browse the shops and eateries
  • Run around the island if you fancy trying 10 miles and this is great training for a half marathon
  • Walk up to the Glaid Stone summit and admire the views
  • Take a picnic, find a quiet beach somewhere and chill (or buy some local fish and chips!)
The island has lots more to offer so visit www.millport.org for more information.

One thing I noticed last week, the island has lots and lots of benches! So even if you're feeling a bit tired you can rest your weary legs regularly. Some photos of our walk are below:

The fog ...



A bench for 10?



The Glaid Stone summit and the fog.



Millport beach with lots of waves!



Looking across to Millport with little Cumbrae on the left. The Isle of Arran is hiding straight ahead!



Beautiful thistles all around the island.



Lion Rock



There are other rocks on the island too such as crocodile rock and the spooky indian man hiding in the cliffs ... I have photos of these too, but I think I've added too many already!

Feel free to share your own photos of the Isle of Cumbrae :).

Thanks
Dawn-Marie
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Comments

  • VisitScotlandAngelaVisitScotlandAngela Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    The Millport Festival of Light will be taking place from 23-24 September 2016 and sounds like it will be great experience! A heritage light trail will connect The Cathedral of The Isles and Garrison House.  I remember visiting Millport during an excursion on the Waverley a few years back and the Millport Illuminations were on.  It was brilliant!  All of the front windows on the island were decorated with lights, and the fireworks were fantastic.  I think this event will be well worth a visit!
  • DMWScotlandDMWScotland VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    Thanks for that information about the Millport Festival of Light @VisitScotlandAngela :). I might just go to that. It sounds like something my eyes need to see! :)
    I blog about places I've explored in Scotland on Love Exploring Scotland  <3
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  • VisitScotlandAliVisitScotlandAli Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    The Millport Festival of Light will be taking place from 23-24 September 2016 and sounds like it will be great experience! A heritage light trail will connect The Cathedral of The Isles and Garrison House.  I remember visiting Millport during an excursion on the Waverley a few years back and the Millport Illuminations were on.  It was brilliant!  All of the front windows on the island were decorated with lights, and the fireworks were fantastic.  I think this event will be well worth a visit!
    I remember seeing the fireworks once, they were great.

  • VisitScotlandAngelaVisitScotlandAngela Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Great News!! MV Balmoral Excursions will be calling into Glasgow Science Centre, Largs, Gourock, Kilcreggan, Dunoon and Helesnburgh to take people to see the Millport Illuminations and fireworks this year!!

    This will be amazing!
  • DMWScotlandDMWScotland VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    Hello everyone

    @VisitScotlandAngela @VisitScotlandAli

    I was visiting Isle of Cumbrae again on 11 September 2016. This time I ran round the island (10 miles ). Phew! I took a few more photos of the island I'd like to share. It was a tad windy, but beautiful ...

    Ferry to the Isle of Cumbrae

    Island right ahead!



    Never smile at a crocodile



    Millport town and wee Cumbrae ahead





    Impressive waves



    I blog about places I've explored in Scotland on Love Exploring Scotland  <3
    Follow me on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube :)
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