Largs


Largs has been a getaway for generations of Glaswegians. The town enjoys a sheltered spot on the Clyde coast, and is right across from the Isle of Cumbrae, with a direct ferry link in operation.

There is a significant amount of history bound up in modern day Largs. Almost 1000 years ago, much of Scotland was under the control of the Norse, and their one-time leader, King Hakon IV, oversaw a large fleet of Norse longships which sailed from Norway and the Isle of Man to the northern end of Great Cumbrae, the island right across from Largs. This and other points would serve as a base for the Norse and their invasions in the West of Scotland. The Battle of Largs was in truth a series of smaller conflicts rather than one single, large battle.

If staying in Largs without venturing over to Cumbrae, you can, as many generations have done before you, walk along Largs beach with an ice cream, play putting on the putting greens at the seafront, or take a wander round the shops in Largs Main Street.

A little outside Largs is the excellent Kelburn Castle and Country Centre, which is a truly fantastic day out for the whole family. As well as Kelburn Castle itself, there are large forested grounds to stomp over, as well as an excellent playground and adult assault course. Venture inside The Secret Forest for a well thought-out array of attractions including the Chinese Gardens, Celtic Totem Poles, The Maze of the Green Man, the Gingerbread House, the Pagoda, and the Castle with No Entrance. Kelburn also put on seasonal and festive events, and have traditionally had an Easter egg hunt which is excellent fun for children.


Largs occupies a pleasant spot on the Firth of Clyde, across from the Isle of Cumbrae.

The Largs Viking Festival typically takes place in late August and early September, and acknowledges the Norse and Viking influence in the area. Events include parades, markets, a Viking village, and an aerobatic display.

A direct, fast and frequent ferry service is operated by Caledonian MacBrayne to Great Cumbrae, the larger of the two Isles of Cumbrae. The town of Millport is the capital of the island, and a great idea is to hire a bike (or even a tandem!) and cycle round the island.

The world famous Paddle Steamer Waverley calls at both Largs and Millport in the Summer. This beautiful vessel is the world’s last ocean-going paddle steamer and is remarkably preserved. It has a varying timetable which includes stops such as Rothesay, Tighnabruaich, Brodick, and a sail around Ailsa Craig. The ride is truly nostalgic, with the salty smell of the Firth of Clyde in the air, the familiar heavy chug of the Waverley in your ears, and the magnificent West coast in your gaze. Unforgettable. Sometimes the Waverley also operates dinner cruises.

Largs is just a short distance down the coast from Wemyss Bay. There is a bus service between Largs and Wemyss Bay, and you can also reach Largs by train from Glasgow Central Station. As noted, a regular Caledonian MacBrayne ferry service connects Great Cumbrae with Largs.

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