Millport Bike Ride

Things To DoMay 06 2013Comments Off on Millport Bike Ride

Great Cumbrae is the larger of two small islands on the Firth of Clyde on the Ayrshire coast of Scotland. Located just offshore of Largs, Cumbrae is a short ten minute ferry ride from the mainland. The local ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne provide regular crossings from Largs for foot passengers, cyclists and cars.

Cumbrae is often referred to as Millport which is the name of the only town on the island. Home to Britain’s smallest cathedral, The Cathedral of the Isles, which was built by 1851 by revered gothic architect William Butterfield to hold only 100 people. The Isle of Cumbrae is also known to have the world’s narrowest house measuring twenty two feet long and only 11 feet wide at it’s slimmest point – the front being only 47 inches (1.19m) wide.

Often referred to as the bicycle island, a popular activity among visitors is a bike ride around Millport due to the relatively flat road that circles the island. With amazing views of nearby islands Arran and Bute it is perfect for sightseeing and the ten and a half mile ride should take around an hour and a half to complete. If you’re lucky you will probably be able to see the seals playing in the water and on the rocks offshore.

For bike rental we recommend you visit Mapes of Millport which is located on the shore front (across from the crazy golf) and sells a wide range of toys, fishing tackle and souvenirs. The owner Ken will set you up with your choice of a variety of rental bikes including tandems and rickshaw style contraptions, as well as more traditional bicycles such as mountain and road bikes.

On a visit to Millport you might want to take in Robertson Museum and Aquarium and find out more about the local marine wildlife and animal habitats on Millport and the wider area. Millport is also popular with fishermen, offering excellent conditions for sea fishing and two fresh water reservoirs available for fly fishing.

 

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