Today it's time to explore on foot and follow the the marked Inner Walk to the top of the island. At 417 feet above sea level you are rewarded with amazing panoramic views in every direction.
You can look across to the mainland, the islands of Bute and Arran and on a clear day you can see Ben Lomond and the Arrochar Alps.
One of the most fun things I did during my time on Cumbrae was to go Geocaching. View my blog post further down the page to read about this treasure hunting craze. On the Inner Walk there are 3 cache locations which were all pretty easy to find once you knew where to look! Geocaching will add another entertaining and educational dimension to your walk and I highly recommend giving it a go.
DAY 2 PM
After all that walking and seeking of treasure you will enjoy a proper lunch. The Cumbrae Bistro does good food in nice surroundings. If you visit on a Sunday, treat yourself to the 2 courses and glass of wine for £10.
Refuelled it's time for one last walk around the town before heading home. Have a look at the few pretty seaside themed shops for the perfect souvenir.
Get you camera out and capture some last digital memories of the brightly coloured harbour benches, the house with the smallest frontage in the world (it is next door to the bistro) and don't forget to take a few snaps of the iconic crocodile rock. Head up to Kames Bay where you will get some nice views of Little Cumbrae, Arran and the seafront.
You can now either get the bus back to the ferry terminal or as I did walk the 3 miles which took me just over an hour. Either way by the time you leave you should have enjoyed some of the best this island had to offer.
Cycle around the island
Lunch at The Dancing Midge Cafe
Cathedral of the Isles
Dinner at The Harbour restaurant
Inner Circle walk to highest point on the island
Lunch at the Cumbrae Bistro
Walk around Millport
The Island of Great Cumbrae lies off the west coast of Scotland, just over an 8 minute ferry ride from the mainland town of Largs. For ferry times and prices check the CalMac website (there is a summer and winter timetable, check dates).
For bus and train information for Glasgow to Largs follow the links here.
For more information on what to see and do and accommodation options for Great Cumbrae visit the official website.
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