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Cumbrae Ferry

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Cumbrae Ferry
Location Map ( geo)
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.


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

Route To Notes




Ardrossan, Irvine

Cumbrae Side

Route To Notes




Cumbrae Ferry
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A78 In Largs 3 - Coppermine - 6165.jpgCumbrae-ferries1.jpgCumbrae-ferries2.jpgCumbrae-ferries3.jpg
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