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The Isle of Cumbrae

For stunning views and peaceful settings the Isle of Cumbrae is second to none. It is a paradise for those who enjoy nature – over 120 species of birds, seals in the bay, porpoises off the shore, polecats, slow worms and rare orchids can be seen throughout the year. It's the perfect place to forget about the pressures of life, relax, enjoy the views and just unwind.


With its safe beaches and open spaces, Millport is an attraction for kids of all ages. There are rock pools to explore, indoor and outdoor amusements, toy shops, bikes to hire from three bike hire shops and cafes for food and refreshments. There are two museums – the Museum of the Cumbraes in Garrison House and the Robertson Museum at the Marine Research Station which also houses a fascinating aquarium and exhibition.

Hire a bike on the island or bring one with you, the Island is a biker’s paradise. Take the circular route around the shore and it is almost all flat and just over ten miles. Stop off for refreshments at Fintry Bay or the National Sailing School on the way round or cycle up to the highest point which is 417 feet.

Canoeists, sailors and wind surfers all make use of the great variety of water space around Cumbrae. Scotland's National Watersports Centre is based on the Island and it offers a wide variety of courses by the day or week and has a Gym for public use. There is an excellent 18 hole golf course and a very fine Bowling Club within the town and both welcome day visitors. There are trails to follow, beaches to explore, hills to climb, wildlife to observe and marvellous views to enjoy. Sea fishing is excellent form the shore on Cumbrae and fly fishing is available in two well stocked lochs.

The town of Millport retains much of the charm of the heyday of seaside resorts in the Victorian era and the view from the prom is nothing short of stunning.

Map showing location of The College, Isle of Cumbrae

Cycling on Cumbrae

Getting to The College, Cumbrae

By Air

Fly to Glasgow International Airport or Glasgow Prestwick Airport

By Road

From Glasgow International Airport; join the M8. Leave the M8 at junction 28A (signposted Irvine A737), then merge onto the A737. Join the A760 signposted Largs.

From Prestwick Airport, join the A78 north which takes you direct to Largs.

Coming from the South, follow the M74 as far as Glasgow, join the M73 then onto the M8. From there the instructions are the same as from Glasgow Airport above.

Coming from the North or East; once you get to Glasgow follow the instructions from the Glasgow Airport above.

You can use a route planner for more detailed instructions.

By Rail

The train journey from Glasgow to Largs takes approximately 1 hour. For timetable and price information visit the National Rail website.

By Coach

There are coach services from Glasgow to Largs. For timetable and price information visit the Scottish Citylink website.

Once you arrive at Largs there is a regular 10 minute ferry service to the island of Cumbrae.

Cumbrae Ferry