As you already know, I love to travel and I have been lucky enough to see a lot of different places all over the world. I try to take as many trips as I can every year. However, I’ll be the first to admit, that I often overlook our beautiful British Isles, when planning a holiday.
So, if you’re planning a holiday to the UK or your British and wanting to stay in the UK for your vacation. Then I’m here to tell you all about one of the most beautiful places in the British isles.
Isle of Cumbrae is small island located just off the west coast of Scotland. The town of Millport, on the island, is the perfect place to get away from the hustle & bustle of modern life.
Since I was a little girl, I have spent many school holidays in Millport, visiting my family who live there. This small Scottish island holds a lot of amazing memories for me and I’d love it for other people to enjoy this place as much as me. I have to admit, as a teenager, leaving Manchester for this little island (with no phone signal) wasn’t really my idea of fun. I’d always want to stay at home with my friends & would dread the idea of being on a island without takeaways, cinemas, bars etc.
It wasn’t until earlier this month, when I visited Millport again after 11 years, that I truly realised & appreciated how unique and beautiful it is. After all the places I’ve been, this is defiantly still one of the best. It’s a hidden gem of Scotland and is definitely worth the trip!
When the weather is good, there are so many things you can do on this beautiful little island, but if the weather is bad, you’re a bit limited. Millport is the type of place that you have to visit in season. The island itself only has a handful of shops, café’s & pubs. Which are mainly open Thursday – Sunday and during the summer months. (June, July, August, September)
The easiest way to get to the island is by car. Driving to Largs & catching the ferry onto the island is the only way I have ever travelled. But, you can get there by train (although it is a little long winded) Get a train to Glasgow then transfer to Largs and then get the ferry to Millport. The ferries run every 15 mins or so & there is a bus on the other side, which will take you into town from the ferry port.
There are plenty of places to stay on the island, depending on what you want. There are apartments which you can rent, static caravans and B&B’s. We stayed at The Craigard B&B, which was perfect. The seafront property was the perfect mixture of modern & homely. They also make a great breakfast!
There are lots of great things you can do here, which (at risk of sounding corny) are all just good old fashioned fun. The Island is infamous for bike rides. This island is 10 miles all the way around and is a pretty easy ride. While cycling round the island, you can stop off in many of the islands bays & enjoy the seals and whales if you’re lucky!
For those of you who might enjoy golf, there is also a 18 hole golf course located on the top of the island. For anyone like me, they also have a small crazy golf course, which has kept me entertained many times!
One of my favourite things on the island, has to be The Ritz Café. This fifties style diner is beautiful inside & out. Selling milkshakes, ice-creams & standard diner food for as long as I can remember.
This is the place you can go, to get away from it all. This little island feels a million miles away from all modern world worries, which is one of the reasons why I enjoyed our recent trip so much. I usually try and cram as much as I can, into any trip I take, but Millport is the perfect place to recharge your batteries and go with the flow. So if you’re looking at a UK break, then make sure you check it out!