Great Cumbrae - Island loop with stop at Millport
Jamie T @jamiet1
Largs Ferry Terminal - North Ayrshire
Sun, Jul 7, 2019 at 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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The group will meet at the Largs ferry terminal for the 10 minutes sail to the Cumbrae Slip; the route will combine the 3 well known island walks viz. the Inner Circle, Fintry Bay and Farland Point to give us 11 miles walk in total. There will be an hours stop in Millport for food and drinks. This is a full day event. The island is roughly 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) long by 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) wide, rising to a height of 127 metres (417 ft) above sea level at "The Glaid Stone" - a large, naturally occurring rock perched on the highest summit on the island. There is a triangulation pillar nearby, as well as an orientation point which indicates the locations of surrounding landmarks. In clear conditions, views extend north over the upper Clyde estuary to Ben Lomond and the Arrochar Alps. To the west, the larger islands of Bute and Arran can be seen, while on the other side of Knapdale the Paps of Jura may be visible. Looking south, Ailsa Craig is visible, around 40 miles (64 km) distant beyond Little Cumbrae. Ailsa Craig roughly marks the halfway point to Northern Ireland, which itself may be glimpsed if visibility is good. To the east, the views are not so extensive, being restricted by the higher ground of the Renfrew Hills only a few miles distant, however the town of Largs and village of Fairlie and the deep water coal terminal and power station at Hunterston can be seen. Millport, the island's only town, is spread around a bay which makes up the entire south coast of the island. The usual island population of 1,376 as recorded by the 2011 census was a slight fall from the 2001 figure of 1,434. The population increases substantially during the summer tourist season due to the high proportion of second homes. The land on the island is primarily owned by the farmers, with the other major land owner being the Millport Golf Club. Crocodile Rock, Millport Etymology The Gaelic name Cumaradh means "place of the Cymric people", referring to the Brittonic-speaking inhabitants of the Kingdom of Strathclyde. The Cumbraes are referred to as the Kumreyiar in the Norse Saga of Haakon Haakonarson. The island was previously known in English as Great or Greater Cumray. Geology The island is formed largely from sandstones and mudstones of late Devonian and early Carboniferous age. This sedimentary bedrock is cut by numerous northeast-southwest aligned igneous dykes intruded during the Carboniferous period. Further dykes were intruded during the Palaeogene period, cutting across the earlier ones in a north-south to NNW-SSE in orientation. One of the latter is responsible for the 10m high roadside rock formation known as Lion Rock in the southeast of the island. Several geological faults cut both the country rock and the dykes, the most significant being the north-south aligned Kames Bay Fault which extends from White Bay in the north to the bay from which it derives its name in the south. The youngest sedimentary rocks are the sandstones forming 'The Eileans' in Millport Bay whilst the Kelly Burn Sandstone is the oldest.