Isle of Cumbrae
the heart of the Cumbrae community
“If the walls of Garrison House could talk, they would tell an extraordinary tale of piracy, aristocratic indulgence, and the determination of Millport residents to keep a community’s prize asset alive.”
– Homes & Interiors Scotland magazine
The town of Millport owes its origins in the 1700s to the people who attempted to smuggle contraband into the Clyde and to those who tried to stop them.
Built in 1745 as the residence of the Captain and officers of the Revenue Sailing Ship the ‘Royal George’ and rebuilt following a major fire in 2001, Garrison House is a stunning example of early 19th century gothic battlement architecture and to this day remains a integral hub of the local community.
The building itself has been remodelled over two floors. The historic exterior of the house has been refurbished and the stonework completely restored. The interior has been opened up to create a modern facility, making full use of light and space.
Located at the rear of the Garrison House and operated by Kenny and Lynn Bogan, the Garrison House Café and courtyard provides an ideal place to relax and unwind with a simple cup of tea or something more substantial.
The Garrison Funfair at Millport, is located to the West of the Garrison Building with a selection of inflatables and rides offering fun for all the family.
Open daily during the Summer season.
Garrison Model Rail Club (GMRC) was founded in December 2006 by members of the community with an interest in the building and operating of model railways.
The display is free entry to all, however donations are welcome.
Located to the rear of Garrison House in the courtyard, Cumbrae Crafts stocks a beautiful selection of locally produced soaps, candles, cards, knitted items and jewellery.
Perfect for gifts and/or a memento of your time on Cumbrae
Housed within the main foyer of the Garrison House building, the Museum of The Cumbraes provides a facinating glimpse into Cumbrae’s past. From 4,000 year-old stone cists, through stories of smuggling in the 18th century to life during WWII and indeed life on the island today.
The local Doctor's Surgery and NHS services are located on the top floor of Garrison House. These can be accessed via the side door on the Eastern side of the building nearest College Street.
Tel: 01475 531 400
Our new Motorhome site within the beautiful grounds of Garrison House.
Opened in June 2021 and is already proving very popular with motorhome and camper van users who have described our site as ‘a hidden gem in a stunning location’
The new Millport Library spreads itself sumptuously over three rooms, containing the Library Desk, a browsing section for new books, DVDs, CDs or Large Print along with the spacious I.T. suite containing 9 internet computers for use by readers and visitors alike.