North Ayrshire | Town | ★★

[Looking south along the beach to the town centre]

Largs is a good, old-fashioned seaside resort on the Firth of Clyde, beloved for decades by Glaswegians going doon the watter for their holidays. The town has been a tourist destination since Victorian times, and comparing old black-and-white photos with the present day shows that large parts haven't changed much - and we mean that in the nicest possible way. If you have a sweet tooth, you're in for a treat: the Art Deco-style ice cream parlour Nardini's is a bit of an institution, with a long list of unusual flavours all made on site; 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 the popular excursion by ferry to Great Cumbrae from the town centre slipway, and you've the makings of a great, family-friendly weekend.

[Nardini's, Largs - one of Scotland's best-known ice cream parlours]

Location & info

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

🚶 The main sights cluster conveniently around 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
💬 Old-fashioned museum, mainly containing photographs and small artefacts relating to the town.
Largs town centre, G.R.: NS 202594 ///sleepy.fruits.increased
Open every afternoon, late May to early September | Free

>> Skelmorlie Aisle ★★
>> Vikingar! ★★★

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Haylie Brae ★★ (1 mi ↓)
>> Kelburn Castle and Estate ★★★ (2 mi ↓)
>> Walk: A Fairlie good Glen ★★★ (3 mi ↓)


[Skelmorlie Aisle (2/7/16)]

[War memorial]

[Ferry departing for Great Cumbrae]

[Esplanade and Viking statue]

[Clark Memorial Parish Church]

[St Mary's Star of the Sea]

[The Pencil, south side of the town (2/7/16)]

[Kelburn Castle (1/8/17)]

[Waterfall in Fairlie Glen (11/3/18)]

[View from Haylie Brae]

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


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