Great Cumbrae Tour to Cumbrae island

Great Cumbrae Island Tour

A 9 mile flat, circular cycle route which takes you from the ferry terminal on Great Cumbrae Island around the island in an anti clockwise direction and passing through the Victorian seaside resort of Millport at the south end of the island before returning to the ferry terminal.

Great Cumbrae also known as the Isle of Cumbrae is the larger of the two islands known as The Cumbraes in the lower Firth of Clyde in western Scotland. The island is said to have been inhabited since the ice age and is today home to the National Water sports Centre, the

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Cathedral of the Isles and the University Marine Biological Station, Millport, the holiday island has an 18-hole golf course which sweeps almost to the summit. The cycle route is a pleasant flat route, ideal for a family cycle ride. If you are travelling to the island you arrive via the ferry which crosses from the western Scottish town of Largs, which is situated about 15 miles North West of Kilmarnock.

Starting from the ferry terminal on the island TURN RIGHT along the B896which takes you north towards Tormont End. After about a quarter of a mile from the ferry you reach Tormont End and continue to cycle around the headland at this point keeping to the B896 which takes you down along the western side of the island. As you cycle the two and a half miles along the flat west coast you pass Millport Golf Club on your left and there are plenty of suitable places to stop for a rest/picnic and enjoy the views out to see. At the half way point along the road at Fintry Bay you will find a small tea room. If you’re lucky you might get to see some seals along the way.

After about two and a half miles the road bends round to the left on the southern coast of the island and at this point is called West Bay Road which takes you around the coast for about half a mile where you arrive at Millport. As you cycle through Millport you can if you wish visit The Cathedral of the Isles, built in 1851. Formal gardens and woodland surround the cathedral, which is the highest building on Great Cumbrae and one of the smallest cathedrals in Europe. In Millport you will also find a variety of small shops including three cycle shop, all of which offer cycle hire.

As you enter Millport the road changes its name to Glasgow Street and then after about 500 yards at the end of Glasgow Street BEAR RIGHT ON TO Kames Bay B896 and after about 100 yards the road runs onto Marine Parade B896 follow the road around the southern end of the island and after a short distance the B896 follows the coast round to the left and takes you back up the east coast of the island for about two and a half miles to the ferry terminal the start/finish of your cycle ride.

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