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Cumbrae Ferry

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Cumbrae Ferry
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The two Cumbrae Ferries pass
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From:  Largs
To:  Cumbrae Slip
Distance:  2.1 km (1.3 miles)
Ayrshire • Buteshire
Current Operator
Caledonian MacBrayne
£24 (Car + driver, 2009)
On road(s)
 • A78 • B896
Crossings related to the A78

The Largs to Cumbrae ferry is the main way to get to Great Cumbrae Island. The route of the ferry used to go to Millport but these days it goes to Cumbrae Slip which is just over 3 miles from the old pier in Millport, the only town on the island.

The ferries on the route are modern. The older ship on the route is called the MV Loch Riddon while the MV Loch Shira came into service in 2007 which provides 32 cars and 250 passengers. It is a busy route and while the sailing is scheduled to take ten minutes, it is a little less.


In 1963, Cumbrae only received a ferry link on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This operated in conjunction with the Rothesay Ferry service out of Wemyss Bay, and arrived at Millport. The crossing took 50–80 minutes (depending on whether it went via Rothesay or not) and cost from £1 16s to £3.

Largs Pier

The ticket office and waiting room at Largs Pier

The Largs terminus is a concrete slipway in the old harbour on the north side of Largs Pier, which dates back to 1839. The slip, which was built in 1972, runs diagonally from the south east corner of the harbour and enables boarding and disembarking at all states of the tide.

The pier was substantially rebuilt between October 2008 and September 2009, a project which included creating increased berthing space for stabling the ferries and dredging of the approaches to the pier and the slip.

There is a Caledonian MacBrayne ticket office with waiting room and toilet facilities at the pier.

At peak times, especially during the summer tourist season, traffic queues for the ferry build up on marked bays on the streets to the south of the pier.

Cumbrae Slip

Approaching Cumbrae Slip on a ferry from Largs

Also built in 1972, the concrete slipway is located at the north east corner of the island, where it enables the shortest crossing to the mainland.

There are no buildings at the slip, other than a bus shelter and a phone box. A bus service meets each ferry and takes around 10-15 minutes to reach the centre of Millport.

A car park on the other side of the B896 is for the use of islanders travelling to the mainland by foot on the ferry.

At peak times, especially during the summer tourist season, traffic queues for the ferry build up directly on the rather narrow B896.


Name IMO Operator Dates Notes
Loch Shira 9376919 Caledonian Macbrayne 2007-date 36 cars
Loch Riddon 8519875 Caledonian Macbrayne 1997-date (summer service only, 1998 onwards) 12 cars
Loch Alainn 9147722 Caledonian Macbrayne 1998-2007 29 cars
Loch Linnhe 8512308 Caledonian Macbrayne 1986-1998 12 cars
Loch Striven 8512293 Caledonian Macbrayne 1986-1997 12 cars
Isle of Cumbrae 7521625 Caledonian Macbrayne 1977-1986 12 cars
Coruisk Caledonian Macbrayne 1972-1977 An older landing vessel of the same name as the current Coruisk
Largs Caledonian Macbrayne 1972-1977


Largs Side

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Ardrossan, Irvine

Cumbrae Side

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Cumbrae Ferry
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Cumbrae-ferries2.jpgLargs Pier - Geograph - 944183.jpgMain Street from the ferry - Geograph - 5693514.jpgBath Street, Largs, North Ayrshire - Geograph - 6240103.jpgFerry Loch Shira at Cumbrae Slip - Geograph - 5693597.jpg
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