Things to do in Millport, Ayrshire
The small island is less than 4 km in length and only 127 meters above sea level at its peak, but its strategic situation led to it being used as a base for Customs and Excise.
Officers were able to keep a wary eye on goods and shipping and were able to control the flourishing smuggling trade.
They were all crew members of the 18th-century Revenue cutter, the Royal George.
It was constructed in 1745 and has been the Captain's mansion, the home of the Earl of Glasgow and is now used as a community hall and houses the interesting Museum of the Cumbraes, the model railway club and the Garrison Café.WWI Millport was a listening post for enemy submarines and today nuclear submarines and cruise ships still use this narrow passage.
Present Day Millport
Most of the houses in Millport are of Victorian and Edwardian vintage and lie to the east and west of the harbour.
Millport's main claim to fame, besides the tiny cathedral, is the world's narrowest house nicknamed the "Wedge".
Millport town has a good range of shops from newsagents to electrical and hardware stores.Largs it needs to be pretty self-sufficient.
The town has a small garage selling fuel, but most locals get around on bicycles, hence the three bicycle repair shops in the town!
Those arriving in their own small craft can use the free visitor moorings at the western end of the town.Glasgow and ten minutes ferry crossing from Largs.
Things to do in Millport
Visitors to Millport can enjoy a relaxing stroll on the beach, safe bathing on a summer's day, windsurfing, renting a boat, buying an ice cream on the promenade, spotting seabirds or watching the spectacular sunset over the Isles.
Hikers can walk the circumference of the island passing ancient standing stones along the way with buzzards, kestrels and seals for company.
As Scotland is the home of golf, it is fitting to play a round of golf on the 18-hole golf course with spectacular views across the Arran hills.
Fly fishing can be enjoyed at the local reservoir, or go sea fishing for mackerel from the rocks at Farland Point.
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