From £20.00 pp (per night)

Real Family Holidays in the Scottish Islands, Scotland UK

26 March - 02 April 2016

16 July - 30 July 2016

Explore this magical island and get lost in your own family adventure.

Millport Centre sits on the adventurous island of Cumbrae, just off the western shore of Scotland. It is Scotland’s most accessible island, just an eight minute ferry crossing from the mainland at Largs. The Centre is metres away from the sea; some bedrooms have spectacular views of the Firth of Clyde. Don’t forget to bring you binoculars, on your holiday as you may have a chance to see seals, porpoise and a wide variety of sea birds.

If the weather in Scotland isn’t on your side, during your holiday, then don’t worry; inside we have a common and games room with a TV/DVD, a range of films, a pool table and lots of fun board games. We also have an onsite aquarium and museum filled with weird, wonderful and wacky objects and creatures.

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Explore the Islands of Scotland

The islands of Scotland are a captivating and ideal place to for a holiday with your family. Our staff are on hand to advise your family of the best places to go in the area and give you directions to any of the places mentioned below.

Kames Bay – Go swimming or snorkelling in Kames Bay, just a short walk from the Centre. Keep a look out as occasionally you can see a seal swimming by.

Cycle - Rent bikes from the local shop see if your family can complete the challenge to cycle around the island in a day.

Largs - Hop on the ferry back to the mainland of Largs and have a walk round the local shops and have an ice cream from the famous Retro Ritz Café! If you have time try the Viking experience.

Cathedral of the Isles and Garrison Museum – Find the smallest cathedral in Europe and explore the lovely little exhibition about the island.

Our Real Family Holidays offer your family one free activity a day, you can choose one per day from the free activity list. If your family wishes to do more than one activity a day, you can add any from the free list but there is a small charge of £4. We also have a list of paid activities available at the bottom of the list.

Free Activities

Sun 27 March

Team Games

Can your family complete the Island's team games? Aimed at over 7's, younger family members are welcome with parental help. Free if its the first activity of day or £4 if not.

Sun 27 March

Hidden Holiday Histories

What was Millport like in the past? Create a viking house and imagine yourself in the past. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Sun 27 March

What Wanders at Night?

Find signs of our nocturnal visitors - moths, mice, voles, bats and otters. * Finishes with a brief morning activity at 8:45am to see what we have caught in our humane traps overnight. Aimed at over 5s, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Mon 28 March

Rock Pooling

Explore the inhabitants of the rocky shore nearby (low tide 8.22; 0.56m). Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Mon 28 March

Bushcraft: Island Survival

Make a fire from locally scavenged material and see if your family could survive on your own desert Island. Aimed at over 8's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Mon 28 March

Holiday Campfire

Share stories and songs around the campfire. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Tue 29 March

Minibeast Hunt

Explore the area hunting for things that creep and crawl. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Tue 29 March

Beach Art

Explore our local beach for washed up treasures, and create your own holiday-inspired masterpiece on the sandy shores of Millport, Scotland. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Tue 29 March

Orienteering

Find your way around the local surroundings learning about the environment. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Wed 30 March

Hidden Holiday Histories

What was Millport like in the past? Create a viking house and imagine yourself in the past. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Wed 30 March

Team Games

Can your family complete the Island's team games? Aimed at over 7's, younger family members are welcome with parental help. Free if its the first activity of day or £4 if not.

Wed 30 March

What Wanders at Night?

Find signs of our nocturnal visitors - moths, mice, voles, bats and otters. * Finishes with a brief morning activity at 8:45am to see what we have caught in our humane traps overnight. Aimed at over 5s, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Thu 31 March

Rock Pooling

Explore the inhabitants of the rocky shore nearby (low tide 9.41; 0.77m). Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Thu 31 March

Bushcraft: Island Survival

Make a fire from locally scavenged material and see if your family could survive on your own desert Island. Aimed at over 8's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Thu 31 March

Holiday Campfire

Share stories and songs around the campfire. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Fri 1 April

Beach Art

Explore our local beach for washed up treasures, and create your own holiday-inspired masterpiece on the sandy shores of Millport, Scotland. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Fri 1 April

Bugs Count

Explore the area hunting for things that creep and crawl, contributing to citizen science. Aimed at over 5's, younger children welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Fri 1 April

Orienteering

Find your way around the local surroundings learning about the environment. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Sat 2 April

Team Games

Can your family complete the Island's team games? Aimed at over 7's, younger family members are welcome with parental help. Free if its the first activity of day or £4 if not.

Sat 2 April

Hidden Holiday Histories

What was Millport like in the past? Create a viking house and imagine yourself in the past. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Sun 17 July

Team Games

Can your family complete the Island's team games? Aimed at over 7's, younger family members are welcome with parental help. Free if its the first activity of day or £4 if not.

Sun 17 July

Hidden Histories

What was Millport like in the past? Create a viking house and imagine yourself in the past. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Sun 17 July

What Wanders at Night?

Find signs of our nocturnal visitors - moths, mice, voles, bats and otters. * Finishes with a brief morning activity at 8:45am to see what we have caught in our humane traps overnight. Aimed at over 5s, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Mon 18 July

Beach Art

Explore our local beach for washed up treasures, and create your own holiday-inspired masterpiece on the sandy shores of Millport, Scotland. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Mon 18 July

Bushcraft: Island Survival

Make a fire from locally scavenged material and see if your family could survive on your own desert Island. Aimed at over 8's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Mon 18 July

Holiday Campfire

Share stories and songs around the campfire. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Tue 19 July

Minibeast Hunt

Explore the area hunting for things that creep and crawl. Aimed at over 5's, younger children welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Tue 19 July

Rock Pooling

Explore the inhabitants of the rocky shore nearby (low tide 17.21; 0.68m). Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Tue 19 July

Orienteering

Find your way around the local surroundings learning about the environment. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Wed 20 July

Team Games

Can your family complete the Island's team games? Aimed at over 7's, younger family members are welcome with parental help. Free if its the first activity of day or £4 if not.

Wed 20 July

Rock Pooling

Explore the inhabitants of the rocky shore nearby (low tide 17.59; 0.59m). Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Wed 20 July

What Wanders at Night?

Find signs of our nocturnal visitors - moths, mice, voles, bats and otters. * Finishes with a brief morning activity at 8:45am to see what we have caught in our humane traps overnight. Aimed at over 5s, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Thu 21 July

Beach Art

Explore our local beach for washed up treasures, and create your own holiday-inspired masterpiece on the sandy shores of Millport, Scotland. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Thu 21 July

Under the sea (aquarium tour)

Dive under the Clyde and explore an amazing underwater world in our own Robertson Museum and Aquarium. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Thu 21 July

Holiday Campfire

Share stories and songs around the campfire. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Fri 22 July

Team Games

Can your family complete the Island's team games? Aimed at over 7's, younger family members are welcome with parental help. Free if its the first activity of day or £4 if not.

Fri 22 July

Bugs Count

Explore the area hunting for things that creep and crawl, contributing to citizen science. Aimed at over 5's, younger children welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Fri 22 July

Orienteering

Find your way around the local surroundings learning about the environment. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Sat 23 July

Rock Pooling

Explore the inhabitants of the rocky shore nearby (low tide 7:45; 0.28m). Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Sat 23 July

Bushcraft: Island Survival

Make a fire from locally scavenged material and see if your family could survive on your own desert Island. Aimed at over 8's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Sat 23 July

What Wanders at Night?

Find signs of our nocturnal visitors - moths, mice, voles, bats and otters. * Finishes with a brief morning activity at 8:45am to see what we have caught in our humane traps overnight. Aimed at over 5s, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Sun 24 July

Under the sea (aquarium tour)

Dive under the Clyde and explore an amazing underwater world in our own Robertson Museum and Aquarium. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Sun 24 July

Bugs Count

Explore the area hunting for things that creep and crawl, contributing to citizen science. Aimed at over 5's, younger children welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Sun 24 July

Holiday Campfire

Share stories and songs around the campfire. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Mon 25 July

Rock Pooling

Explore the inhabitants of the rocky shore nearby (low tide 9.18; 0.33m). Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Thu 25 August

Beach Art

Explore our local beach for washed up treasures, and create your own holiday-inspired masterpiece on the sandy shores of Millport, Scotland. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Mon 25 July

Orienteering

Find your way around the local surroundings learning about the environment. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Tue 26 July

Under the sea (aquarium tour)

Dive under the Clyde and explore an amazing underwater world in our own Robertson Museum and Aquarium. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Tue 26 July

Team Games

Can your family complete the Island's team games? Aimed at over 7's, younger family members are welcome with parental help. Free if its the first activity of day or £4 if not.

Tue 26 July

What Wanders at Night?

Find signs of our nocturnal visitors - moths, mice, voles, bats and otters. * Finishes with a brief morning activity at 8:45am to see what we have caught in our humane traps overnight. Aimed at over 5s, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Wed 27 July

Minibeast Hunt

Explore the area hunting for things that creep and crawl. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Sat 27 August

Hidden Holiday Histories

What was Millport like in the past? Create a viking house and imagine yourself in the past. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Wed 27 July

Holiday Campfire

Share stories and songs around the campfire. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Thu 28 July

Beach Art

Explore our local beach for washed up treasures, and create your own holiday-inspired masterpiece on the sandy shores of Millport, Scotland. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Thu 28 July

Rock Pooling

Explore the inhabitants of the rocky shore nearby (low tide 11.15; 0.49m). Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Thu 28 July

Orienteering

Find your way around the local surroundings learning about the environment. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Fri 29 July

Team Games

Can your family complete the Island's team games? Aimed at over 7's, younger family members are welcome with parental help. Free if its the first activity of day or £4 if not.

Fri 29 July

Bugs Count

Explore the area hunting for things that creep and crawl, contributing to citizen science. Aimed at over 5's, younger children welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Fri 29 July

What Wanders at Night?

Find signs of our nocturnal visitors - moths, mice, voles, bats and otters. * Finishes with a brief morning activity at 8:45am to see what we have caught in our humane traps overnight. Aimed at over 5s, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Sat 30 July

Under the sea (aquarium tour)

Dive under the Clyde and explore an amazing underwater world in our own Robertson Museum and Aquarium. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help. Free if first activity of day or £4 if not.

Extra Activities

Sun 27 March

Wildlife Walk - £6.50

Spot sea birds, porpoise, butterflies and other wildlife on a short stroll from the Centre. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help.

Mon 28 March

Snorkelling - £10

The shallow waters of Kames Bay offer beautiful sandy and rocky seabeds to explore. Must fit wet suit/mask. Usually 8+

Tue 29 March

Wildlife Boat Trip - £15

Take a trip on Actinia, our research vessel, exploring the sea, spotting seals, porpoise and occasionally a minke whale! (1.5 hours) Must fit life jacket, usually 8+

Wed 30 March

Habitat Creation - £6.50

Enhance your local environment building a bird box, bat box or bug hotel. Aimed at over 5's, younger family member welcome with parental help.

Wed 30 March

Watersports - £28.00

Sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing with the Scotland's National Watersports Centre. Family members under 9 must be accompanied on the water by an adult.

Thu 31 March

Snorkelling (1) - £10

The shallow waters of Kames Bay offer beautiful sandy and rocky seabeds to explore. Must fit wet suit/mask. Usually 8+

Fri 1 April

Wildlife Walk (1) - £6.50

Spot sea birds, porpoise, butterflies and other wildlife on a short stroll from the Centre. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help.

Fri 1 April

Habitat Creation (1) - £6.50

Enhance your local environment building a bird box, bat box or bug hotel. Aimed at over 5's, younger family member welcome with parental help.

Sun 17 July

Wildlife Walk (2) - £6.50

Spot sea birds, porpoise, butterflies and other wildlife on a short stroll from the Centre. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help.

Mon 18 July

Snorkelling (2) - £10

The shallow waters of Kames Bay offer beautiful sandy and rocky seabeds to explore. Must fit wet suit/mask. Usually 8+

Tue 19 July

Wildlife Boat Trip (1) - £15

Take a trip on Actinia, our research vessel, exploring the sea, spotting seals, porpoise and occasionally a minke whale! (1.5 hours) Must fit life jacket, usually 8+

Wed 20 July

Explore Plankton - £6.50

Enter the amazing microscopic world of plankton, have a closer look at the fun,tiny creatures which live in the ocean that you can't normally see. Aimed at over 7's, younger family members welcome with parental help.

Wed 20 July

Habitat Creation (2) - £6.50

Enhance your local environment building a bird box, bat box or bug hotel. Aimed at over 5's, younger family member welcome with parental help.

Thu 21 July

Snorkelling (3) - £10

The shallow waters of Kames Bay offer beautiful sandy and rocky seabeds to explore. Must fit wet suit/mask. Usually 8+

Thu 21 July

Watersports (1) - £28.00

Sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing with the Scotland's National Watersports Centre. Family members under 9 must be accompanied on the water by an adult.

Fri 22 July

Wildlife Walk (3) - £6.50

Spot sea birds, porpoise, butterflies and other wildlife on a short stroll from the Centre. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help.

Fri 22 July

Watersports (2) - £28.00

Sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing with the Scotland's National Watersports Centre. Family members under 9 must be accompanied on the water by an adult.

Sat 23 July

Snorkelling (4) - £10

The shallow waters of Kames Bay offer beautiful sandy and rocky seabeds to explore. Must fit wet suit/mask. Usually 8+

Sun 24 July

Explore Plankton (1) - £6.50

Enter the amazing microscopic world of plankton, have a closer look at the fun,tiny creatures which live in the ocean that you can't normally see. Aimed at over 7's, younger family members welcome with parental help.

Sun 24 July

Habitat Creation (3) - £6.50

Enhance your local environment building a bird box, bat box or bug hotel. Aimed at over 5's, younger family member welcome with parental help.

Mon 25 July

Snorkelling (5) - £10

The shallow waters of Kames Bay offer beautiful sandy and rocky seabeds to explore. Must fit wet suit/mask. Usually 8+

Tue 26 July

Wildlife Walk (4) - £6.50

Spot sea birds, porpoise, butterflies and other wildlife on a short stroll from the Centre. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help.

Tue 26 July

Explore Plankton (2) - £6.50

Enter the amazing microscopic world of plankton, have a closer look at the fun,tiny creatures which live in the ocean that you can't normally see. Aimed at over 7's, younger family members welcome with parental help.

Wed 27 July

Habitat Creation (4) - £6.50

Enhance your local environment building a bird box, bat box or bug hotel. Aimed at over 5's, younger family member welcome with parental help.

Wed 27 July

Explore Plankton (3) - £6.50

Enter the amazing microscopic world of plankton, have a closer look at the fun,tiny creatures which live in the ocean that you can't normally see. Aimed at over 7's, younger family members welcome with parental help.

Sun 28 August

Wildlife Boat Trip (2) - £15

Take a trip on Actinia, our research vessel, exploring the sea, spotting seals, porpoise and occasionally a minke whale! (1.5 hours) Must fit life jacket, usually 8+

Fri 29 July

Wildlife Walk (5) - £6.50

Spot sea birds, porpoise, butterflies and other wildlife on a short stroll from the Centre. Aimed at over 5's, younger family members welcome with parental help.

Fri 29 July

Watersports (3) - £28.00

Sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing with the Scotland's National Watersports Centre. Family members under 9 must be accompanied on the water by an adult.

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Contact Details

Millport Centre
Isle of Cumbrae
Scotland
KA28 0EG
Tel: 01475 530581

“Fantastic accommodation and great activities - a very different holiday but just as fun! Would highly recommend!”

“Our family of four, had a fantastic time and enjoyed taking part in a wide range of activities. The new en-suite accommodation was lovely, the food excellent and plentiful. The staff and particularly the instructors were fantastic.”

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