Millport and Isle of Cumbrae recreated in video game Minecraft

The tourist destination is the location for a game exploring the area's history.

Millport and Isle of Cumbrae recreated in video game Minecraft Abertay University
Millport town has been recreated including the port and library.

A popular Scottish tourist destination has been recreated in Minecraft encouraging children to interact with the Isle of Cumbrae’s heritage.

Students built Cumbraecraft, a game for primary school kids, which lets them explore the island including Millport town, Garrison House, Lion Rock and Cathedral of the Isles.

Claire Monaghan, Fergus Coyne and Romain Bourdon, who are studying games at Abertay University in Dundee, worked on the project for three months recreating the island and its features from photographs.

Mr Coyne said: “Making Cumbraecraft allowed us to use the range of skills we’ve learned on our courses at Abertay to create a fun product that will be used in the real world.

The game comes with eight lessons. (Abertay University)Abertay University
The game comes with eight lessons. (Abertay University)

“It was great to be able to create a game which will allow children to learn more about the history of their local area as well as showcase the tourism offering on the island.”

The game comes with eight lessons designed to let children explore the local landmarks and learn more about their history as part of the Millport Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme from North Ayrshire Council and Historic Environment Scotland.

The students were helped by teaching fellow Kayleigh Macleod, who said: “Cumbraecraft demonstrates how games can engage with heritage and provide a useful teaching tool to help children interact with and learn complex topics.”

Kasia Smith, regeneration officer at North Ayrshire Council, said: “We are thrilled that the game is now available as a resource for our young school pupils.

Garrison House recreated in Minecraft. (Abertay University)Abertay University
Garrison House recreated in Minecraft. (Abertay University)

“Minecraft and gaming in general are such popular things amongst young people and the team at Abertay have done brilliantly to fuse the fun and learning elements together to make the game so enjoyable and relatable for young people.”

More information on Cumbraecraft can be found here.