How to Get to Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

How to get to Millport, Isle of Cumbrae ⛴

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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 £3.60 and one leaves every 15 -30 minutes through the summer! Here’s how to get to Millport, Isle of Cumbrae.



Firstly, How to get to Largs Ferry Slip ⛴

 

🚗 If You’re Driving:

Fire KA30 8BG into your trusted Google Maps. That’ll take you right to the Largs ferry slip where you can grab your tickets and hop on the boat.

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 even better, by bike? The island is known as a ‘cyclist’s paradise’ and is one 10-mile circuit round. Bikes are free to take on the ferry.

Also,

💡 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 there is plenty free street parking around Largs town centre. Just do so respectfully!

 

🚂 If You’re Taking the Train

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.

Largs to Glasgow trainline

 

🚌 If You’re Catching the Bus

Stagecoach and McGill’s buses both stop on Largs main street, right around the corner from the Cumbrae ferry ticket office.

Here are the 585 Stagecoach and the 901/904/906 McGills timetables.

 

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Catching the Largs to Cumbrae Ferry ⛴

Cumbrae Ferry

Generally in the summer season, the Cumbrae ferry sets off every 15-30 minutes.

We like to say “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 first boat the next morning.” 😂

There is no pre-booking available for this one (yet), so it’s a case of showing up, grabbing your tickets, 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.

Largs to Cumbrae Ferry Timetable – Summer 2022*

PEAK SERVICE
Operates as follows: From 29 April, May and June: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 27 June until 15 August, every day. 19 August until 28 August Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Sunday timetable below.
Largs
Depart
Cumbrae Slip
Arrive
Cumbrae Slip
Depart
Largs
Arrive
0645 0655 0700 0710
0715 0725 0730 0740
0745 0755 0800 0810
0815 0825 0830 0840
0915 0925 0930 0940
Departs every 15 minutes until: Departs every 15 minutes until:
2015 2025 2030 2040
2045 A 2055 A 2100 A 2110 A
2215 B 2225 B 2230 B 2240 B
SUNDAY
0815 0825 0830 0840
0915 0925 0930 0940
0945 0955 1000 1010
1000 1010 1015 1025
Departs every 15 minutes until: Departs every 15 minutes until:
2015 2025 2030 2040
OFF PEAK SERVICE
Operates as follows: 25 March until 28 April, every day. May and June, Mondays-Thursdays only until 24 June. 16 August until 25 August, Mondays-Thursdays only. 29 August until 23 October, every day. Sunday timetable below.
Largs
Depart
Cumbrae Slip
Arrive
Cumbrae Slip
Depart
Largs
Arrive
0645 0655 0700 0710
0715 0725 0730 0740
0745 0755 0800 0810
0815 0825 0830 0840
0915 0925 0930 0940
Departs every 30 minutes until: Departs every 30 minutes until:
2015 2025 2030 2040
2045 A 2055 A 2100 A 2110 A
2215 B 2225 B 2230 B 2240 B
SUNDAY
0815 0825 0830 0840
0915 0925 0930 0940
0945 0955 1000 1010
1015 1025 1030 1040
Departs every 30 minutes until: Departs every 30 minutes until:
2015 2025 2030 2040

 

CODE
A Operates Fridays only
B Operates Fridays only and vehicles must be booked with Largs office on 01475 674134
NOTE
All foot passengers, vehicle drivers and their passengers must be in possession of a valid travel ticket and be available for boarding no later than 10 minutes before departure otherwise travel cannot be guaranteed
Monday – Friday passenger numbers may be restricted on the 0945 sailings from Largs and 1400 sailing from Cumbrae Slip
Additional sailings may be undertaken on occasion should demand exceed the capacity of the timetable

*Source:  Calmac.co.uk

Cal Mac Millport Ferry


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 some hefty waits, but this is rare.

Don’t fret though! There is plenty to do & see in Largs, including some awesome food & drink options if hunger strikes.

💡 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?

 

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Getting your Ferry Tickets 🎟

Return tickets only cost £3.60 per person, £13.90 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.

Largs to Cumbrae Ferry Prices – 2022

FERRY TICKET RETURN FARE
Foot Passenger / Driver £3.60
Child 5-15 (Infant under 5 free, must have valid ticket) £1.80
Car or 4X4 (excludes driver) £13.90
Motorhome Up to 6m £13.90
Up to 8m £34.75
Up to 10m £41.70
Caravan, boat/baggage trailer Up to 2.5m £6.95
Up to 6m £13.90
Up to 8m £20.85
Motorcycle £6.95
Pedal cycles (restricted numbers) Free

 

Please note that all fares are return tickets. As there is only one route on and off the Isle of Cumbrae, you don’t have to show a ticket on the way back to Largs.

 

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This blog post is part of our ‘Ultimate Guide‘ to the island. Check it out by clicking the link below:


The Cumbrae Ferry Journey ⛴

There’s something special about the moment the ferry leaves the mainland slip and sets sail towards the island… It almost marks a departure from the reality of mainland life, and a journey to a place where the clocks go a little slower.

Hit the top deck, kick back, relax, and enjoy the stunning views around the Clyde islands of Wee Cumbrae, Great Cumbrae, Bute, and the Argyll Peninsula. Don’t forget to admire Largs seafront too!

A short 8-minutes later you’ll be in what feels like an island paradise far away.

Millport Ferry

 

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Now that we mention it…

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And here’s how Cabin 1: The Hive is looking inside:

Jack's Alt-Stays Eco Cabin The Hive Millport

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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.

Jack's Alt-Stays location Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

 

🚗 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 an hour. 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 around 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 town in 10 minutes.

Millport Bus Fares – 2022

BUS TICKET FARE
Adult Return £3.50
Adult Single £2.00
Child Return £1.70
Child Single £1.00

 

The bus is always dog friendly and your furry friend travels for free.

Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

 

🚌  Fancy Taking the Scenic Route? 🤔

Millport Motors have recently started running a sightseeing bus leaving from the Cumbrae ferry slip, and taking you anti-clockwise around the island. I’d say it takes you the ‘long way’, but it only takes 20-minutes to reach Millport Town.

The service runs during the summer season and busy weekends, leaving every hour from 11:40 to 16:40. Just keep an eye out for the bus marked “sight-seeing bus” – it’ll be facing right as you come off of the ferry.

A cracking way to take in the views as you arrive on the island! They even offer a service to ‘hop off’ at Fintry Bay, and ‘hop on’ to get back to Millport Town.

 

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💡 Top Tip: Leave nothing but footsteps!

While out enjoying the scenery, let’s keep our island litter-free. It should go without saying, but if there’s not a bin nearby then take rubbish with you. Also, use recycling points where available.


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 in touch with nature.

Millport, Isle of Cumbrae Walking Routes

 

A cycle round the outer circuit is a must. Luckily there are a few bike hire options in the main town, such as Mapes Cycle Hire. Check out our Guide to Cycling in Millport, Isle of Cumbrae.

While you’re exploring the island, see if you can spot all three ‘Cumbrae Rocks’ – Crocodile Rock, Lion Rock, and Indian Rock.

Indian Rock Lion Rock Crocodile Rock Millport


Less of an outdoorsy type? You can indulge in a gin-tasting experience in the island’s very own gin distillery, or enjoy some great food and drink in the variety of cosy pubs and restaurants.

Cumbrae Gin Distillery

There are all sorts of quirky things to see too. Millport is home to the smallest cathedral in Britain – The Cathedral of the Isles, and the narrowest house in the Britain – ‘The Wedge’.


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 Marina at the moment (Maybe from Millport in 2022!)

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 and video: A Voyage to Wee Cumbrae.

Wee Little Cumbrae Island

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.

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Millport, Isle of Cumbrae 📝

For everything you need to know about planning your visit to the island, check out our full guide:

 

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