Millport Breaks Holiday Apartments, Isle of Cumbrae
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About the area

Millport is the only town on the tiny Isle of Cumbrae, off the West Coast of Scotland easily reached by a ten minute ferry crossing from Largs, North Ayrshire. A ferry service run by  Calmac   leaves Largs every fifteen minutes in summer, and every half an hour in the winter. ( No need to book, just park in the ferry queue and head for the ticket office. A car is around £13 and passengers around £4 a head )   In Victorian times it was the favourite destination for Glasgow families, looking to escape to the seaside, and the tiny fishing village expanded into the charming seaside resort it is today. Many families look to recreate that simple, nostalgic type of holiday with their own children or grandchildren, but the island is also a haven for fishing, golf, ( it has it’s own golf course) bird watchers, cyclists and walkers.
In the summer, the town is busy and vibrant, and there are many festivals such as Sail and Oar weekend, Classic Car Rally, and the famous Country and Western weekend, but in autumn and spring the town is quiet and peaceful- ideal for a short break and relaxing getaway .

The Isle of Cumbrae is so easy to reach- you don’t even need a car. A train from Glasgow to Largs runs hourly, and the ferry to the island runs every fifteen minutes in summer, half hourly in winter. As well as the beautiful unspoilt dog friendly beaches, there is much to enjoy in Millport. The Cathedral of The Isles is a suberb building, and was designed by William Butterfield. Guitar retreats, concerts, and yoga retreats are held here regularly. The Garrison House which used to house the militia – sent to curb smuggling round the West Coast of Scotland- houses a small museum,cafe and exhibitions.The tiny uninhabited island called “Wee Cumbrae” can be visited by boat , and it’s castle, lighthouse and old buildings are well worth seeing. The wildlife in the area is exceptional, with seals, basking sharks and many seabirds to watch. Largs itself is worth a visit, with it’s Viking Festival a highlight. There are plenty of walks along good footpaths, or for a slightly more challenging walk, why not try over the hill and finish at Fintry Bay tearoom to recover? The views are breathtaking. If you enjoy cycling, the perimeter of the island is only ten and a half miles, making it an easy and enjoyable cycle. Bikes can be hired at several shops in Millport.  For a more challenging walk back on the mainland, the Muirsheil Country Park offers some longer walking, activites, and some breathtaking scenery. There are several walks accessible through this area,  from the various villages/ towns on the train line back up towards Glasgow. If you get off at Lochwinnoch, you can visit the bird sanctuary too, but there’s also a beautiful walk, easily accessed from the pretty village , called the Semple Trail