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There’s lots to do on Cumbrae…

The area around The Cumbraes often seems to be a bit of a meteorological anomaly and it benefits from the protection of the high peaks of its larger neighbour the Isle of Arran. Tropical trees grow on the promenade and, on a summer’s day with the sun reflecting off the blue water and dozens of boats at anchor in the bay, it can seem like a Mediterranean resort.

Whatever your level of fitness, whether you are 2 or 92, the Isle of Cumbrae provides opportunities to match your needs. Both the Newton and Kames Bay beaches offer safe bathing for all ages, and the latter is an ideal location for windsurfing when the weather is less calm. Providing professional support for all levels of water sports, Sportscotland National Centre Cumbrae is located on the east side of the island.

Known as the Bicycle Island, Cumbrae has around 1000 bicycles of all form to hire and at just 10.25 miles, and mostly flat, the circular road around the island is a must for many visitors. The views at each turn of the road as some of the most spectacular in the Clyde and the kiosk at Fintry Bay on the west side  of the island and the Sailing school on the east offer refreshments on the route.

Courses from a few hours to full blown Professional Yachtmaster training cater for all levels of skill on the water. If you arrive on your own boat, moorings are provides to the west of the Eilans and good holding ground for an anchor can be found in Kames Bay (in calm weather only as southerly winds can whip up some heavy waves).

For the golfers there is an excellent Golf Club with an 18 hole course which, as it rises up towards the top of the island, commands spectacular views across the water to the islands of Bute and Arran. Bowlers are equally well catered for with a very smart Bowling Club situated less than a quarter of a mile from the town pier. Both clubs welcome non members.

Take a look at the menu on the right to see some of the other things to do while you are on the island, we’ve also included some things to keep the kids happy.

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