Millport, Great Cumbrae
Gaelic: Port a' Mhuilinn
Millport Bay across to the Isle of Arran
|North Ayrshire and Arran
Tourism is an important aspect of the economy. Due to its small size, the island and its town are often linked in the minds of visitors and residents. Millport has the smallest extant cathedral in the British Isles, belonging to the Scottish Episcopal Church.
Tourism and leisure
Millport, along with Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, is famous with generations of daytrippers from Glasgow as one of the resorts visited going "doon the watter", meaning taking a trip aboard a Clyde paddle steamer. At one time it was common for visitors to stay for several weeks over the summer, however nowadays the primary tourist trade comes in the form of daytrippers. It is still possible to experience a traditional day out courtesy of the PS Waverley which calls at Millport twice a week during the summer, once originating at Ayr and once at Glasgow.
The town has hosted a Country and Western Festival in September for the past 11 years, and a firework display is held during September Weekend.
Millport Bay contains a number of free-to-use visitor moorings, and is a popular destination for sailors in the summer. There is a small boat yard at the western end of the town.
- Church of Scotland: Cumbrae Parish Church, Bute Terrace
- Scottish Episcopal Church: The Cathedral of the Isles (see above)
- Roman Catholic: Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
Millport has an 18-hole golf course, with spectacular views over the hills of the Isle of Arran. Other recreational facilities include a crazy golf course and two football pitches, one at either end of the town. Two fresh water reservoirs beside the golf course provide fly fishing and sea fishing (primarily for mackerel in those waters) can be done from the rocks at Farland Point.
The Garrison House in the centre of town, constructed in 1745, was formerly the barracks and Captain's mansion, then the home of the Earl of Glasgow, and is now in community ownership (see "Current Developments" below).
During the development of the River Clyde as a main thoroughfare for goods, shipbuilding and smuggling, Millport was a strategic base for Customs and Excise. Several of the streets in Millport are named after crew members of the Revenue cutter Royal George.
In the Victorian era the town grew in population and new buildings arose. East and west of the old harbour were built many fine Victorian and Edwardian villas, and new tenements elsewhere. These still form the backbone of the village's houses.