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Arran
Bute
The Cumbraes
Ailsa Craig

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Islands in the Firth of Clyde

The Firth of Clyde is the body of water that links the River Clyde to the open sea; it lies to the south and east of, and is therefore enclosed by, mainland Argyll. Like the Firth of Forth on the eastern side of Scotland, the Firth of Clyde is home to a group of islands; however, the islands within the Clyde are considerably larger.

The largest of these islands is the Isle of Arran; Arran sits on the western side of the Firth and is separated from the Kintyre peninsula by the Kilbrannan Sound. Arran is the 7th largest of Scotlandís islands; however, it is the 2nd most populated island in the Clyde. Arran can be accessed by a ferry that sails from Ardrossan in North Ayrshire to Brodick on the eastern side of the island; during the summer months, a ferry sails to Lochranza at the northern end of the island from Claonaig on the Kintyre peninsula.

The Isle of Bute sits to the norh of Arran and is separated from its larger neighbour by the Sound of Bute; it is separated from the Cowal peninsula in the north by the narrow Kyles of Bute. Bute is the 2nd largest of the islands within the Clyde and the 13th largest of Scotlandís islands; despite being less than a third of the size of Arran, the Isle of Bute has a larger population. Bute can be accessed by a ferry that sails from Wemyss Bay in Inverclyde to Rothesay on the eastern side of the island; another ferry sails from Colintraive on the Cowal peninsula to Rhubodach at the northern end of the island.

Located between Bute and North Ayrshire are Great and Little Cumbrae; the larger of the two islands is reached by ferry from Largs that crosses the stretch of water known as the Fairlie Roads. South of all the islands named so far is one of the most prominent islands in the Firth of Clyde: Ailsa Craig; amongst other names, this small island is known simply as A' Chreag, the rock, and also Paddy's Milestone.

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