FSC | Field Studies Council

Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

What's Special About Millport

Located on the eastern shore of the Isle of Cumbrae in the Firth of Clyde FSC Millport is easily accessible being just a 8 minute ferry crossing from the mainland.  It is one and a half hours from Glasgow airport or by road or train.  The centre offers fieldwork experiences on this unique island setting for all ages and is ideal for marine field teaching, being sheltered and within easy reach of a variety of marine habitats.

FSC Millport carries on the long history of outstanding teaching, learning and research of natural history which began in 1897. The centre is situated on the most accessible island in Scotland, on the beautiful west coast approximately an hour from Glasgow with excellent road, rail and air links. FSC Millport has state of the art purpose built new conference facilities and twin bedroom en-suite accommodation with sea views, 7 teaching spaces comprising classrooms and laboratories and a fully equipped research aquarium with fresh running sea water through out the site. We operate an 11m research vessel which was purpose built in 2010 for the purpose of taking students out to explore the Clyde and beyond. We are within walking distance of two Sites of Special Scientific Interest including the most studied beach in Europe and we host the number one marine biological library onsite as well as our own museum and aquarium which is one of only 2 catch and release aquaria in the country. Food is homemade and sourced locally with all meat Quality Meat Scotland Assured and we cater to all dietary requirements to an outstanding standard. FSC Millport hosts visitors of all ages and backgrounds from nursery schools, primary and secondary schools, Universities, adult learners and research placements from all over the world.

Millport has been awarded the Primary and Secondary Geography Quality Mark by the Geographical Association.  As well as the Quality Badge by The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom by demonstrating that they consistently deliver high quality teaching and learning experiences and manage risk effectively. This means you have to complete less paperwork when visiting our Centres.

FSC Millport opened for field teaching in February 2014 following the closure of the previous Marine Station run by the University of London (UoL).