Jack’s Alt-Stays – Unique Hot Tub Cabins in Millport


Glamping is old news. Welcome to the next generation of accommodation in Scotland.

Five uniquely themed cabins with wood-fired hot tubs in a stunning island setting.

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Julie S
Julie S
Truly Amazing Quirky Experience We had such an fantastic time in The Hive what an amazing experience we had from start to finish. Loved every detail of our stay from the hot tub to the quirky feel of the cabin and the theme of the hive, even the ice cubes were honeycomb :) Absolutely outstanding customer service from Daniel and Adam too from booking to checking out, we will surely be back, to check out the other cabins Thank you so much.
Fantastic break The Bird box has everything you need for a relaxing break, we were met on arrival by Adam who showed us around.The small details in the cabin are fantastic including dog treats, binoculars and coffee tea and biscuits. We will be back next year.
Dominika P
Dominika P
Amazing place. We had the best time at Jack's Alt-Stays, people who run it are very passionate about this place and it makes it even better. We had everything we needed in our cabin The Woods, and more than expected. Absolutely fantastic! We cannot recommend it highly enough!
Jungle Cabin Holiday Just back from a 3 night stay in the Jungle cabin. What can I say? We had the best time from start to finish. Adam very kindly came to pick us up from the ferry slip &had been in touch all day. The cabin is equipped with everything that you could want, plus all the fancy tech you might need. The guys really can’t do more for you. Daniel arranged for the hot tub to be fired up, which was the icing on the cake. We’ll be back for sure! Thank you!
Chloe M
Chloe M
Recommend too all!! Just back from amazing 3 nights in the jungle. It was fantastic from start to finish! Check in was soo easy, such a calming peaceful vibe, the cabin was soo clean and well presented! The hot tub was brilliant and soo easy to set up with the guide book provided. First time staying at the jacks and can’t wait to get back already! The service was excellent the staff were soo friendly as well. The weather was fantastic as well!!
Anne A
Anne A
Highly Recommend Jack's Alt Stays, Millport.ill We had a fantastic stay at The Hive Millport part of Jack's Alt Stays. The cabin with hot tub is in a beautiful and peaceful location with lots of bird life. The cabin was clean, comfortable and well equipped. They had thought of everything. Great wifi and entertainment hub with high tech voice command lighting and blinds. The bed was very comfortable and the shower was warm and powerful. A range of quirky games were provided too. Best of all was the relaxing wood fired hot tub. It was amazing! Staff were friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend Jack's Alt Stays Millport for a relaxing and reviving break.
Best accommodation ever! The Jacks alt stay is the best, my daughter 10 & 3 are enjoying the accommodation so much. We have stayed at the Hice and the Reef because we are three adults and two kids. The fully equipped kitchen is really useful for me to prepare foods to the family. The cabin got olive oil, black pepper and pink salt. Don’t forget the handbook, you can fully utilise the great facilities with reading that. Just “Hey google”, we can control the lighting, the music, the heater , with lying the bed. The hot tube is fantastic and very fashionable. Can’t wait our next time to stay here again! Cheers!
Bev C
Bev C
Birthday at the Hive Myself and a friend arrived at the Hive cabin to celebrate my birthday. The Guys had hung a happy birthday bunting and wrote a wee welcome card and put a bottle of bubbles in the fridge. The best hospitality tray ever, and the honeycomb in chocolate was a lovely touch, as was the oil diffuser, beautiful fragrance. The Arran toiletries are a touch of luxury, and the bathroom was fab. The bed linen was the most comfy and soft that we have ever experienced. Wanted to take the pillows home. I loved the ethical and sustainable vibe. From the bedlinen used, to the loo roll, to the infra red heating to the recycling bins in the kitchen, down to the kitchen spray and washing up liquid. The hot tub was amazing as was the butler service to ensure it was lovely and toasty for us. We loved the use of technology and the car electric charging points. Even the stoneware crockery was ethically produced. And even if you are not bothered about all of that, the cabin was pure luxury and we had everything and more that we could possibly need. The Guys were also so very friendly and attentive, they are a credit to the area. I would highly recommend a stay in one of these truly superb cabins. Millport only a stones throw away. And Netflix and games for those rainy days. And the cherry on the top, the planting of a tree in one of many projects around the world just for staying at the place. Truly one of the best experiences ever, we felt so relaxed and comfortable and had a totally guilt free holiday. Simply loved it.
Fantastic short break Stayed in The Reef. Had an absolutely fantastic time Beautifully clean, good quality facilities and a very quiet setting on this lovely island. We will be back, and next time we will use the "Hot tub Butler" service because whilst it's easy to do, it does take a while to get to temperature.
Happy customers This is certainly a magical place to stay. My dad and I stayed in the BirdBox and were so impressed by the cabin, the thought and detail were outstanding. It was immaculately clean, comfortable and were were given such a warm welcome by our hosts. It is peaceful and has really well kept grounds. The hot tub was fabulous and kept so clean. We enjoyed so much we have booked again for next year and are looking forward to it. I would give them 5 stars and highly recommend.

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Where We’re At

The Isle of Cumbrae is known as “Scotland’s Most Accessible Island”. It’s only an 8-minute ferry trip from Largs.

You’ll find us on College Street, a short stroll from Millport town and seafront.

Jack’s Alt-Stays
College Street
KA28 0HE

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You’ll find our unique cabins in Millport, on the Isle of Cumbrae.

Our site is located on College Street; a short stroll from Millport town and seafront.

The island is only an 8-minute ferry journey over from Largs on the North Ayrshire coast. Here’s how to get there.

We have a 2-night minimum stay.

Saying that, if the odd night becomes available between bookings, we open it up as a single-night stay, and you’ll see it on each cabin’s booking calendar.

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Our check-in time is from 4pm on your arrival date and check-out is by 11am on your departure date, so enjoy that lie in!

Yes, plenty parking! The Birdbox, The Jungle and The Reef, and have space to park at their terrace entrance. The Hive and The Woods have space to park approx. 25-meters from their terrace entrance.

We also have 4 spaces in our main parking area at the site entrance.

We have 4x Type 2 EV chargers (7.4kW) available at the main car park. Download the Get Connekted app on App Store or Google Play to get started.

Absolutely! We love dogs 🐶

We have a labrador (Rudi, 10) and a miniature dachshund (Honey, 2) ourselves.

The HiveThe WoodsThe Reef, and The Birdbox are pet-friendly (+£25) (2 max). The Jungle is Pet-free.

All five cabins have a traditional Swedish wood-fired hot tub on their terrace. We say ‘wood-fired’… We actually use briquettes sustainably produced in Girvan from Forest Standard-accredited forests in the UK and rejected timber from sawmills. They are Clean Air Act compliant, Ultra Low emissions and 100% sustainable.

When you arrive at your cabin, your hot tub will be squeaky clean, filled with water, and you’ll have all of the tools, eco-firelighter, kindling, and briquettes you need to get that fire going.

You’ll have an easy-to-follow hot tub safe use guide, which you must read before you get started, and we’ll be on hand or on the phone if you need a hand.

Please note it takes around 2.5 – 3 hours to heat up your hot tub to a welcoming +39°C!

Some people enjoy the experience of building the fire, but if you’d rather leave the hard work to us, you’re in luck – We offer a paid ‘Hot Tub Butler’ service as an optional add-on, where we’ll get the tub cosy and ready to jump right in on your first night!* (If you think we’re dressing like Jeeves, think again.)

*Details at checkout. For your first night only, but give us a shout the next day and we’re happy to get that fire going again!

✅ Do Bring:

– Yourself (important)

– Your travel buddy(s) (optional)

– Swimsuit/trunks

– Toothbrush & toothpaste

– Ingredients to cook up a storm (or not! Plenty of great local food options)

– Refreshing beverages for the hot tub (because… hydration is important)

– Good vibes

❌ No Need to Bring:

– Towels, facecloths & bath robes

– Pillows, duvet & bed linen

– Hand wash, shower gel, shampoo & conditioner

– Hair dryer

– Toilet roll & sanitary products

– Kitchen roll

– Tin foil

– Bin liners

– Pots, pans, and all cooking utensils; from measuring jugs, scales, a pizza board and cutter, to whisks, cheese grater, garlic press and even a potato peeler! (…and many more)

– Crockery, mugs, glassware & cutlery

– Olive oil, salt & pepper

– Washing up liquid, sponge & cleaning kit

– Everyday tea, decaf tea, earl grey tea, green tea

– Organic freeze-dried coffee & decaf

– Hot chocolate, sugar, sweetener, biscuits & GF biscuits

– Milk & orange juice (free to ‘add on’ while booking)

– Fun & unique games

– Netflix, Spotify & iPlayer log-ins

– Lighter, firefighters, kindling & briquettes

– A car (optional – super easy to get to us by bus or bike)

– Bad vibes

Creating an environmentally sustainable business has been our goal since day 1. It’s in our Founding Values.

The Cabins have been built locally from sustainable materials, and are powered by 100% renewable energy, primarily self-generated by our own solar panels.

We also have a tree planted for every booking made, through our partnership with Ecologi.

Here’s our Climate Action Plan.

Our cabins are perfect for couples and small family groups, looking for a unique and relaxing island escape.

Each large cabin (The Hive and The Birdbox) sleeps 2-4 people. Children and infants go free. Each additional adult beyond two in these cabins is charged at £50 per adult per stay.

Each couple’s cabin (The Woods, The Reef, and The Jungle) sleeps 2 people.

For infants in The Hive and The Birdbox only, we can provide a cot, all bedding, and a high chair, free of charge (Please request this at the time of booking).

Unfortunately, we don’t accept large group bookings such as stag dos, or hen dos.

We’ve worked closely with the architects, builders and accessibility campaigners to ensure our site and cabins meet the accessibility standards of Building Regulations.

This includes plenty space to maneuver around inside each cabin, a designated disabled parking space, and a solid, low-gradient paving surface from the pavement and car park to the first cabin, which also has a flat entry threshold and other accessibility features.

Please see our ‘Jack’s Alt-Stays Accessibility Guide’ for all information on accessing our site and cabins.

No problem! Happy to help.

Give us a shout on the live chat widget, phone on 0141 4881 559 or email at [email protected].

Here’s What We’re All About

We are two cousins – Daniel Jack & Adam Jack – who share a passion for adventure, unique experiences, and the environment. We believe in challenging the norm; in doing things a bit differently.

We’re on a mission to shake up Scotland’s tourist accommodation game with our unique Cabin concept.

Proud to Plant Trees 🌱

Through partnering with Ecologi, we have a tree planted for every booking made at Jack’s. We also support verified carbon avoidance projects to help compensate for our little unavoidable carbon footprint. Here’s our impact so far:


of Climate Impact


of CO2e Avoided


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