North Ayrshire | Town | ★★

[Nardini's ice cream parlour, Largs]

Largs is a popular, old-fashioned seaside resort on the Firth of Clyde, beloved for decades by Glaswegians going doon the watter for their holidays. The town has in fact been a tourist destination since Victorian times, and comparing old black-and-white photos with the present day confirms that large parts haven't changed much - and we mean that in the nicest possible way. Those with a sweet tooth are in for a treat; the Art Deco-style Nardini's ice cream parlour is a bit of an institution, and we also fell in love with the delicious cakes in Bagel Basket on the High Street. Wander along the esplanade or the shingle beach to work off the calories; there's an interesting attraction dedicated to the Vikings (the Battle of Largs took place here in 1263), a handful of striking churches and a rather dull museum through which you can arrange visits to Skelmorlie Aisle (which is anything but dull). Add in superb local viewpoints, hill walks and the popular excursion by ferry to Great Cumbrae, and you've the makings of a superb, family-friendly weekend.

[Largs from Haylie Brae (25/4/21)]

Location & info

📌 Largs ★★
North Ayrshire, G.R.: NS 202595 ///pirates.ferrying.archives

🚶 The main sights and walks are conveniently close to the town centre; Kelburn Castle is a 2 mi walk each way, mainly by coast path.
🚢🚆🚌 Largs is the terminus for a railway line from Glasgow, and has a slipway for ferries to Great Cumbrae. There are several bus routes from places including Paisley, Greenock and Wemyss Bay.
🚗 Some parking has a charge, but there are plenty of free spots elsewhere.

See & do (<1 mi away)

>> Largs Museum
>> Skelmorlie Aisle ★★
>> The Pencil
>> Vikingar! ★★★
>> Walk: Cauld Rocks steps up! ★★★
>> Walk: Haylie Brae the healthy way ★★★★

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Haylie Brae roadside viewpoint ★★ (1 mi ↓)
>> Walk: A Nodd to The Knock ★★★ (1 mi ↑)
>> Kelburn Castle and Estate ★★★ (2 mi ↓)
>> Walk: A Fairlie good Glen ★★★ (3 mi ↓)

[Largs beach, looking north (25/4/21)]

[Largs beach, looking south]

[War memorial]

[View from the ferry to Great Cumbrae (12/6/18)]

[Ferry departing for Great Cumbrae]


[Esplanade and Viking statue]

[Clark Memorial Parish Church]

[Largs from Cauld Rocks (25/4/21)]

[The Pencil (25/4/21)]

[Kelburn Castle (1/8/17)]


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