Millport – An Island Away

The town of Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae
The town of Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae

Millport is situated on the south side of the small North Ayrshire island of Great Cumbrae. Just a short 9 minute ferry journey will take you a million miles from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, with this holiday island bursting with things to do. Relaxing and unwinding is the key of visiting Millport, the calming sea air helps you to see the lighter side of life. Hard to believe really that this small island town is less than an hour from Glasgow!       

The Isle of Great Cumbrae is quite often described as Scotland’s “Jewel in the Clyde” due to the extensive range of activities, shops and places to eat out, with something to suit everyone no matter the age or interest. The central road through Millport to the Quayhead is filled with cafes, bars, restaurants and quaint locally owned stores complete with local produce and mementos for you to take home as a reminder of your visit to the island.

There is more to Millport than just the food and produce. With beautiful scenery, golden sandy beaches and luscious green grass located just minutes from the quaint bay in the town centre, going back to basics and enjoying the simpler things in life is a real must on your visit. Whether it’s building a sandcastle, kicking a ball about the grass or, if you’re brave enough, even taking a paddle in the sea, making your own entertainment means there is no end to the wealth of activities to be had on Millport. Rock pooling, bird spotting, amusement arcades, crazy golf courses, swing parks, an aquarium, water sports, a model rail exhibition and a variety of water sports. You can do it all in the small town of Millport.

Is sitting around not for you? Do you prefer to be active as a way to relax? Millport has that covered too! With over 1000 bikes to rent on the island, you can head off on an adventure of your own, taking in the more rural parts of the Isle of Cumbrae on your way. You can bring your own bike or try out one of the tricycles, tandems, mountain bikes, bikes with carriers, bikes with trailers to carry the kids or even the eight seater bike the island’s hire stores have to offer! Quiet winding roads will lead you the 10 mile journey round the full island, with stunning panoramic views to be had through the full, mainly flat journey. Fancy trying out a hilly route? Head away from the coastline and take in the beautiful views from the hillier inner route over to the Ayrshire coastline or head up to Millport Golf Course and take in the views over the top of Millport itself.

If you fancy taking in a bit of the Cumbrae culture then why not take a visit to the Cathedral of The Isles in Millport, Britain’s smallest Cathedral which dates back to 1851. Today the Cathedral is popular with visitors and serves as a community facility for musical activities, with the small space be utilised well. Garrison House is another cultural location well worth a visit, with a personal and historical significance to the people of the island. Garrison House was built in 1745 as the residence of the Captain and officers of the Revenue Sailing Ship the ‘Royal George’. Stationed at Millport, the Royal George was strategically important and played an important role in the pursuit of smugglers of contraband to the Ayrshire coastline. There is loads of history to learn at this location, and a cheeky coffee can be had at the cafe on site.

There are a number of events which take place in Millport throughout the year. The local pipe band are often out providing entertainment to locals and visitors alike, but nothing will compare to the annual Country & Western Fair which takes place in September each year. The two day American themed event is a very big draw for visitors so advanced travel and accommodation booking is advisable. With so many other events like the Scooter Rally and a Classic Car Rally, the events and entertainment on the Isle of Great Cumbrae is endless! Remember to keep an eye on our online events calendar for any events taking place in Millport on the date of your next visit.

Taking a trip to Millport is an experience like no other. Within 9 minutes, you are transported from a busy mainland town to quiet island life. The tropical trees which grow along the promenade can make Millport seem like a Mediterranean resort, and this is a resort you really don’t want to miss out on.

 Millport is a town where memories are made so get out there and have a trip to remember.