Around the Isle of Cumbrae…

Millport Holiday Park caravan site is situated above the town of Millport, the only one the Isle of Cumbrae and just a 8.5 minute ferry crossing from Largs. It is a beautiful place that seems to have side-stepped the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Please be advised there are no petrol stations on the island

It may be small – approximately 10 miles round in circumference – but it has something for everyone and has a magic and charm that draws you back again and again. In fact one of our clients on our Holiday Park has owned a caravan here for 50 years!

There are many active pursuits like windsurfing or the gym at the Water Sports Centre, exploring surrounding islands in a kayak from Newton beach, a game of bowls at Millport Bowling Club, or a round of golf at the Golf Club.  You could follow the Sensory Trail around the island by bike or by foot and look out for the many feature Rocks of Cumbrae en route. Or you could be more relaxed and do some bird watching or lazing on one of our beautiful beaches whilst the children enjoy the amusement arcade which now has a soft play area inside. You could even take a trip on the Waverley which is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk Please check www.millport.org for full information and our blog for current events. There really is something for everyone whatever your age or preference. But don’t just take our word for it;

This is what Eddie Denny wrote about Millport in the ``Sunday Mail” 29/09/13

Treasure Island:
Cumbrae is one of Scotland’s hidden gems and the perfect place for a family break with great bike rides and fantastic walks. It is an amazing place to spend time and when you get the weather it can compete with anywhere on the planet.

The ferry crossing was quick and fun, my two kids loved it, all part of the adventure. I had two things on our itinerary from my last visit (as a boy) – The Ritz Café to have a Knickerbocker Glory and hiring bikes to cycle around the island.

There are 3 places to hire bikes on the island. Our bikes for the week were £20 and a helmet is only 50p which we thought was a great deal. We used our bikes every day – although we only managed the full ride round the island once. You can also rent kayaks but we stuck to dry land for this trip.

The Island of Cumbrae might not be the biggest but there was plenty to do and see and do.

My kids are like every other young child these days I would imagine, besotted with video games but they do share my passion for model railways and when I told them there was one to visit they were beyond excited.

Garrison Model Railway Club feature three layouts and was free to get in – they only ask for a small donation to maintain the club. One of the layouts has 350 feet of track and 16 trains, a mixture of diesel and steam. It was an amazing afternoon. Check for opening times as they vary throughout the summer.

Millport has an Aquarium which is well worth a visit. When we could prise our boys away from their new mates on Millport Holiday Park, we headed down and, although they were not pleased, once they got there they soon changed their tune.

The aquarium features inhabitants from around the island, all sustainably collected by divers to offer us a glimpse inside another world.

With computer presentations, which the kids were off to in a shot, it offered yet another in our week of surprises.

Millport Holiday Park is through the main town and up the hill next to the golf course, surrounded by fields with a view of the Firth of Clyde to Argyle & Bute. The place is a picture of tranquillity, the air is fresh and there’s only the sound of nature – perfect for R&R. But the caravan park does have its own play park – perfect if you have kids with almost limitless energy and it also has a games room as a bonus. The caravan park has a real community feel about it. Many of the families return for at least one week every year, so it’s like a mini neighbourhood and great fun to be part of. I have never seen our kids out playing in the fresh air so much.

The week was one of the quickest we have had on holiday – time really does fly when you are having fun. Holidaying in Millport is amazing and Millport Holiday Park was the perfect base. We certainly plan on doing it again”.

And here’s what was written about Cumbrae in the Practical Motorhome Summer Special 2012 Magazine:

Escape to an island retreat: MARGARET HART finds a peaceful place to pitch up on this most accessible and beautiful of Scottish islands.

Cycle rides, solitude, the smallest cathedral in Europe and a friendly welcome await you.

To get to the island you drive to Largs on the Clyde estuary, about 35 miles west of Glasgow. Here you board the roll-on roll-off ferry for Cumbrae; a crossing of approximately ten minutes. Foot passengers are met by the local bus which shuttles the four miles to and from Millport, the only town on the island.

We stayed at Millport Holiday Park in our motorhome and the site wins hands down for the things that money can’t buy; peace, beauty, tranquillity, views that almost moved us tears right from our lounge window, friendly locals and as much sparkling fresh, sea air as you can take.

We brought our two dogs with us and about a hundred yards up from the site there are signposted trails over the hills to deserted bays where the dogs romped through the undergrowth and splashed in the water. In the other direction is the town of Millport, with several beaches for similar canine and human fun. Each route has its own appeal, with deserted heaths and fantastic views in one direction, ice cream shops and good old-fashioned seaside shops with friendly pubs and cafes in the other.

As well as beautiful views, this small island contains the ‘smallest cathedral in Europe’. Seating only 74 people this little cathedral has some interesting architecture and much to delight fans of classical music. On many Sundays during the summer, concert performances are held with visiting musicians from the UK and Europe.

Our final treat before leaving the island was a round of golf on the spectacular Millport Golf Course. We were given a most friendly welcome. This is quite a challenging round with some steep climbs and very long drives. From the top the views are magnificent.

Each night we slept like logs and woke up completely refreshed having partaken in the simple pleasures offered on this most laid back of islands. We left the island refreshed, promising ourselves that this would not be our last visit to this piece of Scottish Paradise”