Millport Beach (Cumbrae)
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The island of Great Cumbrae can be found in the lower Firth of Clyde. Ferries from Largs take just under 10 minutes and from the island's ferry terminal there is a bus link to the charming seaside resort of Millport - the only settlement to speak of on the island.
Millport has a small harbour, a pier built in 1833 and the splendid Cathedral of the Isles, Great Britain’s smallest cathedral - a Victorian Gothic delight. The town is a good destination for those seeking a resort with a genuine old-world feel to it.
Millport is also a popular destination for cyclists, who come here to do the 10-mile island circuit. Bikes can be taken on the ferry or hired in the town.
The sandy beach here is popular with families as well as surfers and canoeists. Admire the painted crocodile on a rock here - it provides a great photo opportunity.
This is a great beach to come hunting for crabs, or just for sitting on the beach and admiring the views over the rocks in Millport Bay and south towards Little Cumbrae.
After enjoying the beach, why not stop off for an ice-cream or chips from one of the choice of cafes and shops to be found in the town?
There are some good wildlife spotting opportunities to be had here. As well as a multitude of sea birds, the island has its own colony of seals. Occasionally a basking shark may be spotted out at sea.