• Millport and the Actinia
  • Millport Grounds
  • Millport's classroom
  • Millport's conference room
  • Millport's bedroom
  • Millport's conference room

Located on the Isle of Cumbrae on the Firth of Clyde, FSC Millport has a rich history as a marine research station. Since becoming a field centre, purpose-built accommodation and teaching spaces have been created to provide an excellent base for a range of courses. The Centre is easily reached in just 10 minutes by ferry from the mainland at Largs. FSC Millport has its very own Robertson Aquarium and Museum, housing a range of local marine species and natural history exhibits and an independent research facility with 6 wet-work spaces and aquaculture equipment.


  • Bar: We have a licensed bar stocked with local ales and spirits, wines, soft drinks and snacks
  • Capacity: Millport has two accommodation blocks the Elmhurst Building and the Millott Building. We have 60 twin rooms throughout both blocks and two single rooms. 24 of the rooms are located on the ground floor and all are en-suite.
  • Car Parking: There are limited parking facilities available at the centre.
  • Children's Facilities: We are an Educational Centre and have games and activities on-site for children aged 8+; however, younger children are welcome.
  • Common Room: We have a common room and a games room for students.
  • Hot and Cold Drinks: We have hot and cold drinks making facilities accessible around the centre.
  • Kitchen: Fully catered services for all dietary needs available, as well as packed lunch making services.
  • Library: We have a large well-stacked scientfic library.
  • Linen: All bedding is provided
  • Lounge: We have an adult lounge area with comfy sofas.
  • Outdoor Clothing: You can hire walking boots, wellingtons, small rucksacks, waterproof trousers and coats
  • Outdoor Facilities: We have a marine research vessel (RV Actinia) capable of deploying a range of marine sampling equipment and an on site natural rock climbing wall.
  • Shop: Our shop sells drinks, snacks and souvenirs of your stay as well as a selection of FSC publications.
  • WIFI: Free guest WIFI is available through-out the centre.
  • Workrooms: We have a number of work rooms which all have whiteboards including two classrooms, a brand new lecture theatre seating up to 100 people and four seawater-fed laboratories equipped with microscopy equipment. We also have over 200 microscopes (compound and dissecting)!

Food at our centres

For one day visits you are usually asked to bring a packed lunch unless it is specified otherwise.

Residential visits include freshly prepared seasonal meals, with a cooked breakfast, packed lunch and choice of evening meal. Food is sourced locally wherever possible and we can cater for any dietary requirements.


FSC Accommodation

We want your stay to be as comfortable as possible. Our residential centres offer a range of room sizes and layouts from single and twin up to larger dormitories. Some rooms are en suite and others have shower and toilet facilities close by. Please contact us if you want to discuss your room requirements.

Each centre also has places to relax during any free time such as a lounge, games room and outdoor space.

Explore the centre and surrounding area

Health and Safety

  • Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge
  • Carbon Trust Standard
  • Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) licence
  • Food Hygiene rating: Pass
  • Investors in People
  • Green Tourism Award Silver
  • John Muir Award
  • Met Office active participant
  • Safety Shield Health and Safety Award (Moorepay) Gold
  • BSAC snorkelling centre

How to find us

Centre contact form