Bike: Great Cumbrae circular
|[Cycling around Great Cumbrae, just south of the ferry slipway]|
Almost everyone exploring the island of Great Cumbrae does so by pedal power: the island's coast road is quiet, scenic, flat as a pancake and - at 10 miles in length - easily manageable for most people. Little need for cars on the island means little traffic to contend with; in fact, bikes outnumber motorised vehicles in summer, and the island is sometimes referred to as "The Island of a Thousand Bicycles" (perhaps just by the cycle hire shops looking to drum up trade). Beaches, headlands, monuments and painted rocks provide countless excuses to stop and admire the panorama: to the Ayrshire mainland on the east side, north into the Highlands, to Bute on the west side, and south towards mountainous Arran. They say pictures tell a thousand words; apart from the first two, the photos on this page show the route in anticlockwise order.
📌 Bike: Cumbrae circular ★★☆☆☆
▶ 16 km / 10 miles | ▲ Negligible
Start / finish: Millport, G.R.: NS 161548 ///skirt.before.bystander
Route: Circuit of island in either direction, following coast road.
Terrain: Tarmac public road, mostly quiet and nearly flat.
Bike hire: Several options in Millport town centre.
Weather today: Sunny, fairly light winds, temperature in mid teens.
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Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track
|[Looking towards the mainland from the southeast corner of the island]|
|[Heading north along the east coast]|
|[Busy Firth of Clyde]|
|[HMS Shearwater monument]|
|[Across the firth to Largs]|
|[Hooks for wartime anti-submarine nets at Skate Point]|
|[Not quite sure what this is supposed to be...]|
|[Southwest corner of the island, with views to Arran]|