Millport the only town on a small island called Great Cumbrae, just off the coast of Scotland. To get there you first have to travel to Largs, and then make your way over by Ferry. It’s one of those places that almost everyone who grew up on the West Coast of Scotland spent their childhood visiting. I can’t count how many time we went there when I was kid, but this was the first time in my adult life. It was very last minute, in the ‘meet at the train station and just pick a random destination’ kind of way. A ticket from Glasgow Central Station to Largs was only £9.40 return and the ferry only cost £3, so the perfect choice for a cheap day trip.
First Stop: Food
When we arrived in Arran we couldn’t hear each other speak for the wind being so strong. What else do you expect from a Scottish seaside town? It’s a lovely little town with a famous cafe, restaurant and Ice-Cream parlour called Nardini’s. Originally open in 1935, Nardini’s is synonymous with a trip “doon the water” making it a must if you are visiting Largs. How could we not stop there for some lunch?
After you get off the Ferry on Great Cumbrae, there is bus service that will take you to Millport which is on the other side of the island, but that’s only 3 miles so you could also easily just walk it.
Small Towns Work With What They’ve Got
One of the best known landmarks of Millport, believe it or not, is a rock painted like a crocodile. Apparently a guy called Robert Brown decided he wanted to paint a crocodile on a rock down the beach in 1913. The council acknowledged him for the artwork and it’s been there ever since.
The weather was trying it’s best to clear up so we got a good 30 minutes of sun. But there was a storm a’ brewin’ that was heading our way. So naturally, rather than just get the bus back like sensible people, we decided to try to out run the storm and cut through the island back to the Ferry Port.
Walking through the island on a single track country road was a bit stressful at times, but absolutely lovely. Nothing beats Scottish countryside! Every so often there was a bench where you could sit and take in the view. This may have been more enjoyable if the sky wasn’t quickly turning an angry shade of grey.
After about an hours walk we made it to the Ferry Port just as it was drawing in. It was a short and sweet day out in a lovely part of Scotland that I seem to have forgotten about. I can’t wait to go back and see it in all it’s summer glory!
There are so many Scottish Islands to explore, but Millport and Isle of Arran are two of the more accessible ones from Glasgow. Nothing like a cheap day out away from the Mainland.
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