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i think its sad that millport is going down hill there is a lot of shops closing and there is nothing for kids to do a member years ago there was tennis courts helter skelter bumper cars its just a shame
Hi Kirsty, Millport has just had two fantastic weekends, there are ample shops, bars and restaurants providing food and entertainment which are a credit to such a small community. We have cycle shops, playparks, swingboats, crazy golf and amusements, not to mention (probably) the best beaches in the world! In my experience clambering about on the Crocodile Rock and exploring the rock pools will keep most kids occupied for hours!
Yes, some shops have indeed closed and that is a pity but for its size (and small resident population) Millport has a very extensive range of shops and places to eat and a wide range of things to do for families with kids. Take a look at the "Cumbrae for Kids" page on the tourism web site http://www.millport.org and there are seven main themes listed and these do not include, putting, football, play parks,
My own grandchildren (ten of them) range from 2-15 years and they can't wait to get back down to the island, some were down at the weekend and had a fabulous time.
think your right there,s not a lot for local kids to do we have a holiday house and use it every weekend and holidays feels like being local my youngest who is 12 has no friends because he feels there is noyhing to do if there is any friends out there am sure he would be happier
couldn't disagree more Kirsty. Think back to a few years when Millport was really sad with a ruined Garrison and far more shops up for sale.
The town looks fantastic to me. A wonderful central building, shops all bright and decorated, houses painted, fantastic range of goods for sale and the beautiful scenery we all enjoy.
I can only think of a couple of shops for sale and if you want the bright lights - there's always Blackpool.
Millport is unique and appreciated for that uniqueness - lets celebrate that and not talk it down (which is not helpful for a Tourist town.)
I'm sure if you'd asked the 1000s here over the last two weekends if they were happy - you'd have got a resounding YES!
Just coming the scenery is worth the journey.
Sandra Goldie sent this:
"I disagree with Kirsty. I bring my 3 grandchildren to Millport every summer, we'll be there again on the 30th. of this month. They love it, talk about it throughout the year and the youngest, aged 6 has been counting off the weeks recently. I don't know what it is like in the winter for children, but I assume they have the usual organisations, Scouts, Guides etc. As June says, if you want bright lights there is always Blackpool, but give us Millport any time."
Sandra - thanks for your comforting comments. The one thing which Millport seems to have is safe freedom for young people and I think that this is very important. We don't have Scouts but we do have an active Boys Brigade Company and an equally active Guide Company. I only ever went to Blackpool once and I didn't stop - just drove through!
I think it is a shame that today's children (and adults) want entertainment built and provided for when there is so much to do all around the Isle of Cumbrae with a little imagination. Available on Cumbrae: Geocaching (modern day treasure hunting with over 20 places to find), discover hidden Cumbrae (Papa John & Connor book), rockpooling, sea life, birdwatching, cycling, walking, canoeing, crabbing, fishing, football in the Garrison, football and other sports at the football ground, putting, bowls, golf, Sailing Centre (all sorts of courses), boat trips, crazy golf, amusements, model railway, model boat sailing, museums (2), sandcastle building/sculpture, searching for shells, cinema (occasionally), plus lots more. All this together with safety and freedom (as Sandy says...)
It is true that shops are closing but look at any high street in the UK and much the same(if not worse) is true. Be grateful for what we have here...its magic with a little imagination. It would be nice though to have some organised activities to get people started and an indoor play area for when the weather is a bit iffy.
Moira I totally agree with you, my jack is at his happiest when he's down the beach searching for crabs with a fishing net. Millport was fantastic at the weekend and makes me very proud to live here. There may not be the fun fair anymore and a few shops up for sale but there is still plenty for the kids...(and big kids such as myself) to do and a lot in the pipeline for over the summer months. I wouldn't bring Jack up anywhere else :)
Totally agree that there's lots on offer on the island! Also, of the shops for sale, only one is currently closed and will be open in a couple of weeks providing kids activities.
Kids get a freedom here that is not on offer elsewhere.
Where are all these shops for sale?The only closed shop in the main area of the town will be opening shortly (shop around the corner) as a childrens activity and party place. Give us time guys and, it will be an asset to the town. I may be an optimist but I think Millport is looking up and the only negitive to the Island is the cost to visitors to get here.
Oh Kirsty--did you ever open up a can of worms!!
Millport is not judged by what it used to have or what it ought to have. It judged, and for me it is a special place on this Earth, by what it has and what use you choose to put it to when you visit.
I have been visiting for the best part of 60 years and for half of that time it has involved crossing the World to get there. But still I come and I never cease to be enchanted by the reaction of new visitors and those like me that have been coming back all their lives. It becomes a state of mind to step on that island.
Kids of today, mine included, seem to rely on electronics for most of their recreation. That is ok on the very occasional day when it rains in Millport and they are kept indoors! The rest of the time they should be out discovering the amazing array of natural things to be done around the island. They will become hooked like so many of us before them.
I won't be able to make it this year but I intend to be back next year. I hope you all have a great year. It sounds like it is off to a fine start courtesy of Her Majesty.
Edwin And Bronwyn Deas in Southern California.
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