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Millport Harbour, Isle of Cumbrae (Credit: VisitScotland/Kenny Lam)
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The Coastal Marvels of Millport

Situated just 2 miles off the Ayrshire coast lies the idyllic Isle of Cumbrae, firmly established as the ‘Jewel in the Clyde’.

The island, also known as 'Great Cumbrae', is reached by a mere 8-minute ferry crossing ‘doon the water’ from Largs. The bustling Millport, the island’s only town, is a picturesque seaside town and a hub for a plethora of community-run cafés, pubs and shops which line the town’s Victorian promenade. A stroll along the seafront, stopping to breathe in the sea air, is an excellent way to begin your journey on the island and take in the stunning scenery.

Unwind and explore the wonders of Millport’s coastline in this short, self-guided itinerary. On your journey, be responsible and respectful of local communities and wildlife and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Millport, Cumbrae
Image provided by VisitScotland/ Kenny Lam


Begin your journey at Millport Pier. Built in 1833, the pier was constructed to meet the increasing footfall to the town and need for goods from the mainland. This new addition to the town was incredibly successful and was extended in 1861. Today, the pier forms a key part of the maritime heritage and spirit of the island.


Strolling along the Victorian promenade, stop to admire the awe-inspiring views out into Newtown Bay. The bay, just a stone's throw away from the promenade, is popular with canoeists and kayakers with a sandy beach that boasts brilliant views of the Little Cumbrae and the Clyde Estuary. On the horizon, look out for the Two Eileans - two striking icons of the Cumbrae seascape.

Millport Promenade, Isle of Cumbrae
Image provided by VisitScotland/Kenny Lam

Crocodile Rock, Isle of Cumbrae
Image provided by VisitScotland/Kenny Lam


The cheeky grin of the Crocodile Rock has left many lasting impressions on locals and visitors to Cumbrae. While the bare rock has been in place for millions of years, over 100 years ago a local man, a Mr Brown, envisioned a crocodile in the rock face and returned with a brush to paint its now famous features. While it bears no relation to Elton John, we recommend listening to the tune while admiring the rock!


At the eastern limit of Millport Bay, Farland Point offers a perfect spot for walkers to stop and experience stunning views of the Isle of Arran, the mainland and, on a good day, clear views of Ailsa Craig - famed for its granite used in curling stones all over the world. This tranquil peninsula is a firm favourite of anglers, particularly for mackerel fishing.

Cycling on the Isle of Cumbrae
Image provided by VisitScotland/Kenny Lam

FSC Millport, Isle of Cumbrae
Image provided by Field Studies Council Millport/Neil Fraser


Just a short distance from Farland Point, FSC Millport is a unique field centre which encourages visitors to learn about the marvellous marine environments and wildlife of Cumbrae. The centre’s museum, named after ‘The Cumbrae Naturalist’ David Robertston, gives visitors of all ages the chance to get up close to local marine creatures of the island.

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