Cumbrae – Farland Point Walk (Accessible)
by Rona Simpson
Difficulty: This is an accessible route that can be done by all. There is an all abilities kissing gate at the Point which can facilitate wheelchair/mobility scooter use (using a Radar Lock Key).
Starting Point: Millport Pier
Distance: 3.5 miles
Points of Interest: Fishing (if you like that kind of thing), the University Marine Biological Station and great coastal views.
It’s the time of year that we might be tempted to take a wee trip doon the watter or maybe o’er the watter to the bonnie Isle of Cumbrae. It is relatively easy to cycle the 10miles of the Islands circumference, but there are also some great walking routes if you want to explore at a more sedate pace.
Begin this walk at the Old Pier and from here follow the esplanade along the coast. You will pass the Garrison House on your left and the ‘well-kent’ face of Crocodile Rock will be seen on the right as you follow the coastal path all the way around Kames Bay. Take the path on the right here. This area is popular with those who like to fish from the rocks. The Deep Water Terminal you can see towards the mainland is the deepest in Britain. Also visible is Hunterston Nuclear Power Station. At the end of this stretch is the ruined Portencross Castle. From here is a spectacular view of Ailsa Craig, the wee bump of an Island that is famous for its seabirds and supplying granite from which to fashion curling stones.
Continue to follow the path towards to road and on the right and you will see the University Marine Biological Station at Keppel Pier. At various times throughout the holiday season the museum and aquarium are open to the public and this is well-worth a visit. Next follow the road back in the direction of the Old Pier.