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Day Trip To The Isle Of Cumbrae

by Jemma Fletcher (follow)
If you fancy a family island adventure, The Isle of Cumbrae makes for a fantastic day out.

Just a short ferry trip from Largs (45 minute drive from Glasgow), Cumbrae is regarded as Scotlandís most accessible island. It's picturesque, easy to travel to and there's plenty to keep the kids occupied with.

Cumbrae ferry

Bike Ride

Follow the 10 miles circular loop around the islandís main road, which is suitable for families and offers views of North Ayrshire coast and the Isle of Bute.

At On Your Bike, you can borrow mountain bikes of all sizes,stabilisers, child seats and more, so nobody gets left behind!


Home to the Sportscotland National Centre for Watersports, have a go at yachting, dinghy sailing, windsurfing, powerboating and paddlesports including kayaking, open canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding.


While exploring the island, keep your eyes on the shoreline to spot the resident population of seals, as well as a wide variety of seabirds and marine life.

At the Robertson Museum and Aquarium, visitors can learn about the wide variety of marine life and local habitats on the island.


Garrison House is home to the Museum of the Cumbraes where you can learn about the history of Millport and the isles, such as life on the island during the Second World War, and smuggling in the 18th century.

Millport, Cumbrae

There are several pubs and cafes around the island, though we suggest taking a picnic to make the most of the beautiful outdoor scenery. However, definitely stop in somewhere for a hot drink if you're making a day out it!

You can read a great personal review of a day trip to the Isle of Cumbrae here with more details.

Have you been to the Isle of Cumbrae before? Do you recommend anything for families to do? Let us know!

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