Located very close to mainland Scotland, in the Firth of Clyde, the islands of Great and Little Cumbrae, predominantly Great Cumbrae, have been very highly rated in terms of tourism for many decades, being ideal choices for family holidays and offering a multitude of amenities and pastime options. Great Cumbrae is particularly renowned for cycling, visitors being able to circle the whole island on a bicycle. Water sports, such as are particularly popular and there is even a National Watersports Centre in Millport. Great Cumbrae is renowned for its sunny and mild climate, which resulted in areas of Millport developing features of a Mediterranean ecosystem, with various species of plants and even palm trees growing there, which is an uncommon sight for Scotland.
Millport seems designed for tourism, as the natural conditions, accessibility (only ten minutes on the ferry from the mainland) and facilities there draw a plethora of visitors yearly. Those interested in historically and culturally significant buildings can see the Garrison House, The Garrison Museum (a historical museum of the island) the Cathedral of the Isles and a Marine Research Station Museum and Aquarium, all providing an educational and captivating experience. And if it’s prehistory you are interested in, the Standing Stones of Great Cumbrae, remnants of ancient civilisations inhabiting the island, will surely be a primary attraction. Great Cumbrae is also famous for the cultural events it hosts, one of them being the Country and Western Festival, held every year. Sports such as golf and bowling are very popular and there are many excellent eating venues, including a fish restaurant.