The Isle of Cumbrae is known as ‘Scotland’s Most Accessible Island’, and for good reason. It’s only an 8-minute ferry ride across from Largs on the North Ayrshire coast.
Largs is only a 1-hour car/train journey from Glasgow and is well connected with wider Ayrshire. So, you’ll be on island time before you know it.
Even better – the ferry costs only £3.50 and one leaves every 15-30 minutes through the summer! Here’s how to get to Millport, Isle of Cumbrae.
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Firstly, How to get to Largs Ferry Slip
If You’re Driving to Largs:
Largs is only 40-minutes from Ayr, 1-hour from Glasgow, or 2-hours from Edinburgh.
Top Tip – Why not ditch the car on the mainland and make the most of your island experience on foot or by bike? The island is known as a ‘cyclist’s paradise’ and is one 10-mile circuit round. Bikes are free on the ferry.
Top Tip – Parking right by the ferry isn’t always easy. Park your car at the nearby seafront parking for a few quid (no overnight parking) or for free (responsibly & respectfully!) on nearby Bath Street, Union Street, Makerston Place, or Charles Street, and walk 5 minutes along to the ferry slip.
If You’re Taking the Train to Largs
Jump on at any stop on the Glasgow–Largs line. Trains run every hour. From Largs train station, it’s a short stroll down to the Largs ferry terminal.
Here is Scotrail’s Glasgow–Largs route info & timetable.
If You’re Catching the Bus to Largs
Stagecoach and McGill’s buses both stop on Largs main street, right around the corner from the Cumbrae ferry ticket office.
The Cumbrae Ferry Timetable
Generally, the Cumbrae ferry sets off every 15-30 minutes. We like to say that you’ve never really missed the Millport ferry. You’ve only shown up early for the next one… unless it’s the last boat, then you’ve shown up REALLY early for the 6:35am boat the next day. 😂
There is no pre-booking available for this one, so it’s a case of showing up and hopping on.
Always check the Cal Mac Service Status before travelling, and show up at least 10 minutes before the departure time to allow time for tickets and queueing.
Cumbrae OFF-PEAK Summer 2021 Ferry Timetable*
*This timetable is currently due to extend through winter 2021.
In the peak summertime and on public holidays be sure to leave PLENTY of time to queue and don’t be disappointed if you miss the boat you were aiming for. There can sometimes be waits of 1.5 – 2 hours.
Top Tip – While you wait, why not grab an Ice Cream from the Iconic Art Deco Nardini’s Ice Cream Parlour just along the road?
Cumbrae Ferry Fares & Getting your Tickets
Return tickets only cost £3.50 for foot passengers, £13.45 for a car, and bikes are free.
You can’t buy them in advance for this route so just pick your ferry tickets up when you arrive.
Covid safety measures are in place in the ticket office, including 2-meter distancing, wearing masks, card-only payments, and hand sanitiser is available.
Cumbrae Ferry Fares* – Summer 2021
|Child 5-15 (Infant under 5 free, must have valid ticket)||£1.75|
|Car or 4X4 (excludes driver)||£13.45|
|Motorhome||Up to 6m||£13.45|
|Up to 8m||£20.20|
|Up to 10m||£26.90|
|Caravan, boat/baggage trailer||Up to 2.5m||£6.75|
|Up to 6m||£13.45|
|Up to 8m||£20.20|
|Pedal cycles (restricted numbers)||Free|
*Note all fares are return tickets. As there is only one route on and off the Isle of Cumbrae, you do not have to present a ticket on the way back to Largs.
Planning your visit to the Isle of Cumbrae?
This blog post is part of our ‘Ultimate Guide‘ to the island. Check it out by clicking the link below:
The Cumbrae Ferry Journey
The sailing over to the Isle of Cumbrae is quick, easy and affordable.
Hit the top deck, kick back, relax, and enjoy the stunning views. 8-minutes later you’ll arrive in a place where the clocks go a little slower.
Now that we mention it…
We’re launching our Alternative Eco-Cabin concept in Millport in late 2021!
They’ll look like this:
Awesome, right? Check out the Eco-Cabin Concept and sign up below for the official launch announcement and for your chance to win free stays!
How to get from the Cumbrae Ferry slip to Millport Town
Hop off the ferry and you’ll have a few options to get to the town.
One thing that’s for sure is that you cannot get lost. The island is pretty much one big loop with only one way on or off.
If You’re Driving
Take a left for the short but scenic route and you’ll be in Millport town in less than 10 minutes. Take a right for the slightly longer, but even more scenic route (recommended) and you’ll be there in 20-25 minutes.
If You’re Cycling
The same applies. Left takes 25 minutes, right takes 35 minutes. Check out our Guide to Cycling in Millport, Isle of Cumbrae.
If You’re Walking
The same applies again. Left takes 1 hour, 20 minutes and right takes 2 hours. Just beware of your surroundings whilst walking as there are no pavements the whole way around the island. Walk on the right-hand side of the road so you can keep an eye out for oncoming traffic.
Top Tip – Be sure to do both the inner-circuit and outer-circuit walking routes while you’re there. They’re great ways to explore the whole island with some breathtaking views along the way.
Check out our blog on The Best Walking Routes on the Isle of Cumbrae.
Take The Bus!
This is probably the easiest way to get to the town, as the bus meets every ferry on arrival. It’s only £2 for a single ticket and you’ll be in Millport in 10 minutes.
Millport Bus Fares – Summer 2021
The bus is always dog friendly and your furry friend travels for free.
Top Tip: Leave nothing but footsteps!
While you’re out enjoying the scenery, keep our island litter free. It should go without saying, but if there’s not a bin nearby then take rubbish with you. Also, of use recycling points where available. Do the right thing – we’re counting on you!
Things To Do in Millport & Wider Cumbrae
For what the island lacks in size, it makes up for in adventure.
Whether it’s one of the five main nature walks, discovering the ‘Cumbrae Rocks’ or enjoying the 360” panoramic views from the Glaidstone (Cumbrae’s highest point), there’s plenty opportunity to get back in touch with nature.
While you’re exploring the island, see if you can spot all three ‘Cumbrae Rocks’ – Crocodile Rock, Lion Rock, and Indian Rock.
How about a voyage to Cumbrae’s ‘little brother’ – Wee Cumbrae? Clyde Charters have recently gained permission to land day trip passengers onto the magnificent place that is Wee Cumbrae. However, they are only departing from Largs Marine at the moment.
There are abandoned lighthouses, a 16th-century castle, a victorian-style mansion, cairns and caves. I recently made the venture over there. Check out my blog: A Voyage to Wee Cumbrae.
Those were just a few of the many things you can get up to on the Isle of Cumbrae. Check out our Unique Things To Do in Millport, Isle of Cumbrae blog for many more.
Ultimate Guide to Millport, Isle of Cumbrae:
For everything you need to know about planning your visit to the island, check it out our full guide: