A Quick Guide to Cycling the Isle of Cumbrae
Last year I set myself a few summer goals, a few things I wanted to see and activities I wanted to do; and one of them was cycling around Cumbrae. The Island of Cumbrae might be better known for its only town – Millport. On a very windy but sunny May day, we did just that. I wanted to create this guide for anyone either thinking about going and hesitant of what to expect, or those who never even knew what a great day out Cumbrae could be.
Cumbrae is an island located just off the Ayrshire coast of Scotland and is less than a 9 minute smooth ferry ride from the Largs Port. The island is home to Millport, the single town on the south coast of the island where restaurants, shops, bars and ice cream is aplenty.
How to get there (via the Port)
Train – Glasgow Central Station offers a train to Largs every hour and at a cost of £9.30 for an off peak return.
Bus – The number 901 McGills Bus from Glasgow’s Buchanan St Bus Station will take you to Largs seafront and runs every 30 minutes
Driving – Largs Port postcode: KA30 8BG
Ferry – There is no need to advance book your tickets, just show up and pay for a return ticket. Ferry’s are every 15 minutes in the summer months and 30 in the winter months.
Child (5-15): £1.60
Car (excluding Driver): £12.20
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Cumbrae Port to Millport
Once you get off the ferry at Cumbrae’s port, the town of Millport is another 5 minutes drive around the other side of the island. If you take your car on to the ferry then it is easy to drive around, but if you are on foot then it is best you hop on the local bus that circles the island.
Bus prices have changed since my visit, but they are around another £2.50 for a return trip. (Well worth it if you are planning on a day of cycling – you don’t want to be walking back and forth back to the slip!).
Hiring a bike (or bringing your own) and cycling it round the island’s 11 mile (18km) coastal route is one the main attractions at Cumbrae. The paths are relatively flat and smooth making it a great day out for the entire family, not to mention cycling alongside the stunning Firth and breathtaking views of the Ayrshire coast. In the main town of Millport there are plenty of bike hire shops that also let you hire out helmets, bikes with trailers, tandems and even throw in child seats for free!
Generally you cycle on the road, however, the majority of drivers are very aware that this is a cyclists paradise so are very vigilant of others on the road. Picnic benches are also peppered throughout the route making it easier to eat on the go and save some cash for an ice cream cone at the end!
So there really is no excuse to get out and active this summer!
Top Tip: When cycling, there are one or two inclines at the start so start by doubling back on yoursef (the way the bus drives).
Here’s a run down of average prices I found:
1 Hour – £3
1.5 Hours £3.80
2 Hours – £4.60
3 Hours – £5
All Day (6+ Hours) – £6
Have you ever thought about visiting Cumbrae?
What’s your favourite way to keep active?