About the neighbourhood
The island is a haven for the cyclists. With a circumference of only ten and a half miles and its gently undulating roads make it ideal for the rusty cyclist taking in fabulous views of the surrounding islands as well as the soft sandy beaches, Newton Beach has been awarded The Keep Scotland Beautiful Best Beach, the inland roads offer a more arduous trek for the mountain biker. Various bicycles including electric and peddle power can be hired along with canoes. There is an iron age fort of volcanic origin and is one of over 300 such formations including Lion Rock, this particular fierce looking rock can be found a short distance from the marine station, which includes a small museum and an aquarium with its many species of sea life.
The Island also has the smallest cathedral in the UK and second smallest in Europe, a gin distillery offering gin tours, Cumbrae yarns planning workshops and classes, along with a bowling green,18-hole golf course and Edward’s restaurant (bookings advised), the island boasts various takeaways, fish and chips, Chinese, cafes, public houses, shops, newsagents (lottery), Premier convenience store, trampolines, pitch and put, boat pond, children’s swing park, amusement arcade, cycle hire, boat trips, hospital, surgery, museum, library with free internet access, town hall, hairdressers, beautician, bank, post office and yacht/boatyard.