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Alex Glass

Millport - Cumbrae

A great place to visit and easy to get to. Millport is one of those places I hadn't previously visited.

The weather on Sunday was great and we cycled the 11 miles round the island.





It only takes about 10 minutes on the ferry from Largs.

Here are some of the features of the island











Recorded as Britain's Narrowest House

Alex Glass

Some of the things I seen on my visit



















fastnet

You have just made us want to go there Alex.

great pics..........I love the memorial one.

And the big face below it........  
Alex Glass

Recommended as a good day out.

Either for walking around the island or some of the other walks or cycle or drive.

Which ever way you decide to go remember to stop off at the Tearooms at Fintry Bay




cybers

Not been here for a long long time in fact i think i might have put it forward as a good UG day out...
Fjord

An excellent little Scottish island where the sun always shines*
Good to see the Garrison building has been rebuilt last time I was there it was a just a shell after the fire.



Famous for the Worlds smallest house as seen in the Guinness Book of Records. It's the one with the flower baskets outside the window almost directly above the person on the beach.  



Kames Bay





The moorings





Not to mention the great views of Arran

27stowst

Went there a couple of times as school trip. Of course missed most of the beauty of the place. Only things I remember are the cycle shop and crocodile rock and the painted face!! Your pics made me really want to go again with old eyes as opposed to seeing it with new eyes!    thanks  
udrigle

Millport is one of my favourite places, i vist several times a year and sometimes if you are lucky, the views are outstanding.  

this was taken easter sunday 2008.



This was my attempt at a panorama.


going back in 2 weeks time i will try and get Crocodile rock!
kev

Used to go scuba diving around there in the late 80s early 90s ..loads of shipwrecks which I still have all the details of..will do a thing about them if I ever get the time ..At the Cumbrae slip where the ferry docks just to the left there is the remains of a Catalina flying boat which was and probably still is a great novice dive. last time I dived it it was looking great ..the engines were removed in the seventies but the rest of the plane was intact..apparently it sank at its moorings sometime during the war and there were loads of them stationed about the area for the Atlantic patrols
Margaret

Millport is a wonderful place - I live there.
The picture of the noose is at my hotel.
We have been refurbishing the hotel over the last 2 years - just about finished.
The noose was put up as part of the decor for the Country & Western Weekend; so many people have commented on it & taken pictures that I decided to leave it - at least until the building is painted in the Spring.

Millport & the Isle of Cumbrae holds a special place in the hearts of many Glasgow folk - between childhood holidays, days out, trips on the Waverley, evacuations during WW2 Millport has featured in the lives of many. There are a lot of Glasgow people who have holiday homes here and many more who have regular breaks on the Island.

I moved here from the Southside of Glasgow just over three years ago, as much as I miss many aspects of living in Glasgow life on the Island is wonderful, stress is  banished by a few minutes taking in the wonderful views.

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View from one of the bedrooms in the hotel.

I live at the opposite end of town from the hotel & to get to work I  drive - or walk - round the coast road and never tire of the fantastic views over the Firth of Clyde.

Kev - there is an unerwater video of the Catalina wreck on youtube
cybers

heavy party at Margarets place....

Group booking discounts Available off season ?
Margaret

The hotel is known for great party nights

Group booking discounts are always available !!

BTW Millport pubs are MUCH cheaper than Glasgow pubs (it's a tradition)
cybers

It's also a tradition for an urban glasgow days and nights out now and again ....

Notes taken  
Charlie Endell

Margaret wrote:

BTW Millport pubs are MUCH cheaper than Glasgow pubs (it's a tradition)
How many pubs are there in Millport?
Margaret

5 pubs
British Legion Club
Golf Club
Bowling Club
Resident population (not counting owners of holiday homes) just under 1500.
Obviously during the Summer months the Island is very busy but we still get a lot of visitors off season. The golf course is open all year round & I also get quite a few groups of women who enjoy coming down for the weekend (we have live music every Saturday) - they say that it is as cheap to meet up in Millport to have a night out (including accommodation) as it is to have a night out in Glasgow & pay taxi fares home.
Charlie Endell

Margaret wrote:
5 pubs
British Legion Club
Golf Club
Bowling Club
Resident population (not counting owners of holiday homes) just under 1500.
Obviously during the Summer months the Island is very busy but we still get a lot of visitors off season. The golf course is open all year round & I also get quite a few groups of women who enjoy coming down for the weekend (we have live music every Saturday) - they say that it is as cheap to meet up in Millport to have a night out (including accommodation) as it is to have a night out in Glasgow & pay taxi fares home.
Thanks for that Margaret - that's two or three more than I thought! I was last on the island a few years back when I ran round it on a Sunday morning - I quite like an away day with the lads and Millport combined with Largs sounds good!
Doorstop

An infant Doorstop with Dadstop, Millport circa 1967.

Charlie Endell

Margaret wrote:
BTW Millport pubs are MUCH cheaper than Glasgow pubs (it's a tradition)
I was there yesterday and it was over three quid a pint! Still had a great day out mind.
smb95

Only now have I found this thread. I went there on a school trip from the 10th-12th of June earlier this year, stayed overnight.

On the boat

The narrowest house in Britain



DUCK!!!
Windlaw Boy

Hi Kev ... The Catalina flying boat sank in a really bad storm during WW2. I vaguely remember a story about some underground military building in Millport where secret naval work was done. Don't know if this is true. I do remember seeing two old air raid shelters that had been turned into public toilets by the council. My other memories are of The George Hotel where foreign currency notes were pinned to a board on the wall.

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