You can be enjoying the peace of The Cathedral of The Isles in less than 2 hours after leaving Glasgow!
The Isle of Cumbrae is just a short 10-minute ferry journey from Largs, which is less than an hour by train, bus or car from Glasgow. There’s no wonder it’s known as Scotland’s most accessible island.
For detailed travel instructions read on – or use our Google Map on the Cumbrae page
⇒ First travel to Largs
The First Bus ‘Clyde Coaster (901)’ and McGills ‘Glasgow 901’ bus both leave Glasgow Buchanan Bus station to Largs via Greenock every half-hour. Scottish Citylink website – www.citylink.co.uk.
There is an hourly service to Largs departing to and from Glasgow Central station – www.scotrail.co.uk or telephone 0871 244 1545. You can book a rail & sail ticket, which included your ferry passage.
From Glasgow city centre, take the M8 eastbound (Greenock). After Paisley and Glasgow International airport, exit at J27 onto the A737 Kilwinning. At the Lochwinnoch roundabout turn right onto the A760 to Kilbirnie. Turn right at Kilbirnie Radio City/Tesco roundabout and continue on the A760. Turn right at the traffic lights at the entrance to Largs onto the A78, following the signs to the Cumbrae ferry (Pier Postcode KA30 8BG).
There is no direct rail service from Glasgow International to Largs. Rail users should change at Paisley Central and use the 10-minute bus connection. Rail tickets include the cost of the bus transfer if requested to Glasgow International. There are 3 direct bus services a day to and from the airport. Otherwise bus users should take a bus to Greenock, and then take a McGills or FirstBus service from Greenock to Largs.
Glasgow Prestwick is served by an hourly service to Largs (Stagecoach 585 ‘Clyde Coaster’), and an hourly rail service (change at Kilwinning). Rail users travel half price to anywhere in Scotland from Prestwick Airport on production of a relevant boarding pass.
⇒ Then get from Largs to the Isle of Cumbrae
Take the 10-minute Caledonian MacBrayne ferry crossing from Largs Pier (Postcode KA30 8BG) to Cumbrae Slip by car or foot. The first ferry departs Largs at 0645 Monday to Saturday, 0915 Sunday. Half-hourly. The last ferry is 2015. [The first ferry departs Cumbrae Slip at 0700 Monday to Saturday, 0930 Sunday. Half-hourly. The last ferry is 2030.] There are 2 additional evening services on Fridays during the summer (BST only, bookable). For more information on ferry times, see www.calmac.co.uk – telephone 01475 650100
⇒ Then make the short journey into Millport
There is a connecting bus for the short journey to Millport, scheduled to coincide with ferry times. Ask for ‘The Cathedral’ and alight at College Street. The Cathedral entrance is on College Street. (This entrance is for those arriving by foot only.) Alternatively, ask to be put off at Mount Stuart Street and follow the signs to the Cathedral. This avoids the steps and is easier for those pulling a case.
Or by taxi
To be met at the ferry by taxi telephone 01475 530666.
Or by car
Keep going beyond the Cathedral gates on College Street and there is a concealed entrance in the wall on the right a short way up.