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Cumbrae [1], also known as Great Cumbrae or the Isle of Cumbrae (Scottish Gaelic: Cumaradh Mòr), is an island situated in the Firth of Clyde near Glasgow in south-western Scotland. Measuring approximately 4.5 square miles in area, Cumbrae is the forty-fifth largest island in Scotland and has a population of approximately 1,500. The island is not technically one of the Hebrides, being the one of the southernmost of the Scottish islands.


Millport, the only village on Cumbrae.

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By ferry[edit]

Unless you have your own boat, the only convenient way to get to Cumbrae is by the regular passenger and vehicle ferry service from Largs to the slipway at the north of the island, which is operated by Caledonian MacBrayne [2]. The ferry operates every 15 minutes during the summer season and every 30 minutes outwith the summer season, with the crossing taking approximately 10 minutes. The only fare available is a return, which costs around £5.40 (or £4.75 if you intend to stay less than 5 days). Tickets must be bought before boarding the ferry.

Local buses to Millport connect with every ferry at the Cumbrae slipway.

By train[edit]

ScotRail [3] trains operate every hour from Glasgow Central station to Largs.

By bus[edit]

McGills [4] and Stagecoach Western [5] operate regular buses to Largs from Glasgow, Greenock and much of Ayrshire.

By road[edit]

Largs is located on the A78 road.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

Cumbrae Coaches and Millport Motors operate a bus service from the slipway to Millport via the east side of the island. All buses connect with ferries to Largs.

By road[edit]

Cumbrae has one coastal road, with a length of around 11 miles (18 km), plus various short cuts through the centre of the island.

By bike[edit]

Thanks to the lack of traffic and the size of the island, Cumbrae has an excellent reputation for family-friendly cycling. Bike hire is available in Millport [6].

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  • The Cathedral of The Isles - the smallest cathedral in Europe [7].
  • The Marine Biology Station at Keppel Pier – has an aquarium of sea creatures from the Firth of Clyde, and a museum which tells the story of the sea and of the Clyde area.

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