Isle of Cumbrae
Islands have always had a special attraction, the only problem being that they are often quite difficult and expensive to reach. Cumbrae, however, is an exception to the rule. The island lies in the Firth of Clyde, between Ayrshire and Bute, less than an hour from Glasgow and a ten minute ferry ride from Largs with no booking necessary.
The 'capital' Millport is the only real community on Cumbrae. Famous for its prize-winning sandy beaches, Millport is well known for being a perfectly preserved Victorian town. On disembarking from the ferry a bus is waiting to transport you to the village so it is also possible to arrive here using only public transport.
If you are attracted by the idea of a traditional family seaside holiday then Millport is the very place and Millhaven, a couple of minutes from the seafront, is the perfect holiday accommodation. Situated in a quiet lane this recently constructed semi-detached house is bright and spacious and its proud owners have furnished and equipped it beautifully. There is a small integral garage for parking and storing bikes, canoes and any other sports equipment you may have brought with you.
The layout of the house is 'upside down' with a bathroom and two good bedrooms downstairs, the double having its own very small patio. Upstairs, there is a charming open plan living area with wood burner and access to two more patios so that you will be able to follow the sun all round the house. There is an extra shower room upstairs.
Although there is not really a garden you have the prize-winning beach at the end of the lane and decking all round the house so relaxing out of doors is no problem. Millport has a good selection of little shops, cafes, hotels and pubs. It does not have casinos, night clubs and kiss-me-quick funfairs! For some visitors this place may bring back memories of idyllic childhood holidays spent on the beach with bucket and spade.
The one road on the island runs for 10 miles around it. As it is quiet and fairly flat the principal form of transport is the bicycle. You can hire these from several places if you don't bring your own. Many visitors choose to take a family bike ride round the island stopping now and then for a swim or to watch the seals on the rocks. There is even a conveniently located tearoom for refreshments. Another popular activity on the island is bird watching.
There is a sailing school here and a first class golf course. However, if you wish to explore further afield the ferry runs back and forth to Largs all day so you can very quickly be enjoying Nardini's celebrated ice-cream or setting out for Turnberry, Troon or even the island of Arran.
Bed linen and towels, £10 of electricity and £15 of gas central heating are included. Wi-fi available, subject to provider. Sorry, pets are not accepted and smoking is not permitted in the property.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Double bedroom with wash hand basin and patio doors to courtyard.
- Twin bedroom.
- Bathroom with bath, WC and basin.
- Garage with washing machine and tumble drier.
- Open plan Kitchen/Dining/Sitting room with wood burning stove, TV/DVD, electric cooker, dish-washer, fridge, freezer, microwave etc.
- Room with shower, WC and basin.