Cumbrae | Colin Nutt

Ask an Islander

Islander Scott gave us the lowdown on Cumbrae, which is just a short 10-minute ferry journey from the mainland.

“Being roughly four miles long and two miles wide makes Cumbrae the perfect spot for cycling or walking, taking in some stunning coastal views.

“Known as the island of a thousand bikes, cycling is a big thing to do on any day! Then there’s crazy golf, trampolining and of course rock pooling. There’s also fishing, a beautiful 18-hole golf course, bowling, bouncy castles and paddling, building sandcastles, and wildlife spotting at the beach.”

Cumbrae is sure to keep you busy, whether you choose to stay for a day or a week!

“The Cathedral of the Isles is a lovely place to stop too, with many more hidden gems, pirate’s tunnel, cannon in the wall, standing stones, glaid stone – not to mention our very famous Lion, Indian and Crocodile Rocks.”

And, if you still have time “don’t miss our great museums at the Garrison House or the Field Studies Council.”

 As for beaches, Scott was keen to share his: “My firm favourite beach is at Bell Bay. With lovely white sand and stunning views of Bute and Arran. It’s also quiet and the water is shallow, so it’s great for the kids.”

And the best thing about Cumbrae life? “The best thing about island life is the community” Scott says. “Everyone says ‘hello’ and it’s such a warm and friendly place.”

Gaelic / Gàidhlig

The Gaelic name for Cumbrae is Cumaradh.

‘Rothair’ and ‘baidhseagal’ are both Gaelic words for bicycle!

Getting Here

CalMac Ferries operate regular sailings throughout the day between Cumbrae and Largs. No booking required.

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