Hike Great Cumbrae


This evening, I am posting images consequent upon a small group hiking trip to Great Cumbrae, an island in the Firth of Clyde off the West Coast of Scotland.

 Hiking Group on Great Cumbrae.

Information on the Great Cumbrae hike.

The route covered about eight miles.

Great Cumbrae is accessed via regular ferry service from Largs, about 32 miles S.W. of Glasgow.

 Ferry arriving from Largs on Scottish mainland

The name is derived from Cumbri being another name for the Brittonic (Welsh) speaking inhabitants of Strathclyde who were dominant in the region about 1000 years ago, Cumbria in NW England has a similar name and was also part of the Kingdom of Strathclyde.

The island is a haven for hikers and cyclists featuring some ten miles of roads which are, almost, free of traffic.

As will be evident from the images herein Great Cumbrae offers lush, sub-tropical vegetation, rare plants, coastal scenery, unusual rock formations (including one shaped as a crocodile) and a pretty harbour.

Palm tree at 56 degrees North.

Millport Harbour, Great Cumbrae.

Millport Bay.

Wild Flowers.

War Memorial.

Gorse in bloom.

Coastal Scenery.

Crocodile Rock.

 Millport Bay.

More information for the visitor

For information on a wide range of topics including islands, whisky and history please refer Visitors’ Guide to Scotland. ISBN is 978-1-9161332-0-4. Also available via Kindle.



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