The ferry for Great Cumbrae Island waits at Largs
The painted rock crocodile at Millport
Approaching Millport on the Inner Circuit Walk on Great Cumbrae Island
Millport
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When you hand over your return ticket to the man on the ferry to Great Cumbrae Island, he keeps it. 'Em, will I not need it to come back?' you might then say, to which he will reply with a strange glint in his eye, 'Oh, you'll not be needing a ticket to come back.' It's as if on boarding the ferry you're heading for a place from which you may never return. Perhaps in Millport they eat visitors, is very much the thought as that big bow door clanks shut. And as you sit back and watch Largs and the world that you know slip slowly away, you hear snatches of conversation... 'We have to see the giant crocodile,' some folk are saying. And then you understand. Clearly on Great Cumbrae Island there exists some sort of Wicker-Man-type of cult that centres around giant crocodiles. The reason you don't need a return ticket on the ferry is because you will at some point be trussed up and carried in a torch-lit procession to be fed to the beast on the rocks. An overactive imagination, you may muse. But as you leave the ferry and step onto the bus to Millport, the driver looks up at you. He has the same glint in his eye as the ferry man. 'You'll be seeing the giant crocodile, then?' he asks. And inside the bus all the passengers nod and speak in a synchronised monotone.... 'WE'RE GOING TO SEE THE GIANT CROCODILE,' they chant as one. And you realise that you've arrived in a place from which there is no escape, an island you will never leave, and that you will never see the mainland again. Welcome to Millport...
THE FERRY AT LARGS
THE MILLPORT CROCODILE
MILLPORT COMES INTO VIEW
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How to
GET THERE
You can get a ferry to Great Cumbrae Island from Largs, which has a direct train service from Glasgow Central. Once on the island, there is a bus to Millport.
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