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Welcome to Garrison House

The heart of the Cumbrae Community

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.

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MagazineCover“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

Functions at Garrison House


From the sheltered courtyard to the unique Shultz garden with the backdrop of the main house itself, or the tree lined grounds, Garrison House offers a wide variety of settings for photography, romance or business.

Areas within the building and the grounds can be hired by the hour or the day. Located in the centre of the building, the Courtyard Café provides an ideal place to relax and unwind with a simple cup of tea or something more substantial.

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Facilities at Garrison House


Garrison House Café

Located in the centre of the building 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. Offering an excellent range of home baking, soups, sandwiches, light refreshments and a very warm welcome every day.


Museum of the Cumbraes

Housed within Garrison House, 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.


Library & Council Offices

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.

Garrison Model Railway

Garrison model rail club or GMRC was founded in December 2006 by members of the community with an interest in model railways. The display is totally free entry

Cumbrae Crafts

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 the Isle of Cumbrae.

Open Mon- Sat: 1100 ’til 1600