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Cumbrae (Scottish Gaelic, Cumaradh Mòr; also known as Great Cumbrae or the Isle of Cumbrae) is the larger of the two islands known as The Cumbraes in the lower Firth of Clyde in western Scotland. It is a holiday island with an 18-hole golf course and a round-island road much favoured for family cycle runs.

The island is roughly 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) long by 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) 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. 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.

Open Water Swimming

Cumbrae is site of the 1.7-mile Cumbrae to Largs Swim in aid of Gillian's Saltire Appeal.

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