Cycling around the Isle of Cumbrae

Cycling around the Isle of Cumbrae

The weekend was spent celebrating my husband’s birthday, and as he doesn’t like too much fuss, we decided to have a little day away together; he suggested cycling around the Isle of Cumbrae, somewhere I’d never visited before.

We took the ferry from Largs to the Isle of Cumbrae, which runs every fifteen minutes during the summer, and the crossing itself only takes about ten minutes. From the ferry slip, we hopped on a bus to Millport, the only town on the island, where we hired a tandem bike for £7 an hour and set off clockwise around the island.

I was a little apprehensive as my husband cycles to work most days and I can’t remember the last time I was on a bike, but it didn’t take us long to find our balance and a leisurely pace that suited us both. The road around Cumbrae is about 10 miles long and relatively flat making it ideal for walking or cycling, and there are very few cars on the road. It took us about two hours to cycle around the island, including stops to enjoy the scenery and a picnic lunch.

The Isle of Cumbrae doesn’t have many tourist attractions, yet it’s one of the most accessible Scottish islands to visit and it’s so peaceful that it feels further away than it actually is; we both enjoyed our little tandem adventure so much that I’ve no doubt that we’ll be back again. Have a lovely week. X

9 thoughts on “Cycling around the Isle of Cumbrae

  1. Oh my goodness! Cycling round the Isle of Cumbrae with my Dad, Uncle Tommy and sister is one of my favourite holiday memories. I keep saying I will do it again sometime. We did simular to you, caught the ferry from Largs, bus ride to Millport and hired bikes. Its funny that this is the second time I have heard Cumbrae mentioned recently. I found out a work collegue used to holiday there with his Auntie and Uncle. It looks as lovely as ever. My only problem is when we go to Scotland, we would definitely take Hugo with us and he is definitely not a dog with any road sense! X

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    1. It is a lovely little island, we’ll definitely be back – though my hubby wants to hire kayaks next time to see if we can find the seal colony that lives nearby. We saw a couple of people with a dog carrier/trailer attached to the back of the bike for dogs to sit in, might be the solution for taking Hugo? The bike shop seemed to have a huge range of options. X

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      1. Hmmm worth a look. Not sure Hugo would be impressed but needs must. Haha. 🙂 Kayaks a great idea too. I didn’t know seals lived by..
        We are going to Scotland for a bit of a roadtrip for nearly 2 weeks in August. It would be fab to tag Cumbrae on the end of it ( we are going Skye, North Uist and Kilmartin in Argyll) but we might have to save it for another time. X

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      2. That’s sounds like a fantastic trip – I look forward to hearing all about it, especially Skye as it’s somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a long time but we’ve never gotten around to it. X

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