The picturesque, popular seaside town of Largs is situated on the North Ayrshire coast, with a sandy beach at the south end of the town and Largs Bay, featuring the Pier and Ferry Terminal, situated in the centre. Overlooking the Isle of Cumbrae, with further views towards the Isle of Bute, these westerly island views are in direct contrast to the views of the hills to the east of the town, which are extremely popular with hill walkers. A truly picturesque location, jam packed with activities and amenities for all visitors, that’s Largs.
For the sailing enthusiasts, the award-winning Largs Yacht Haven, is situated at the south end of the town. The Yacht Haven is adjacent to “The Pencil”, monument of The Battle of Largs which commemorates the battle between the Scots and the Vikings in 1263. Nestled in the hills, Sport Scotland National Sports Centre, is the UK’s first inclusive residential sports facility, which caters for elite athletes, visitors and the local community, offering a wide range of sports and activities. The Caledonian MacBrayne ferry terminal at Largs Pier provides numerous daily sailings to the Isle of Cumbrae. You can also hire a bicycle in Millport, as there’s nothing quite like a cycle around the island.
Largs itself boasts numerous award-winning cafes, bars and restaurants, a variety of independent shops and a weekly market in Gallowgate Square, abound with fresh local produce supplied by local businesses.
Kelburn Castle, home of the current Earl of Glasgow, is situated on the outskirts of the south of the town. The castle itself dates back to the 13 th century and within the grounds is one of the largest equestrian centres in the west of Scotland, offering riding lessons and various livery packages. Kelburn Estate, with its Enchanted Forest, also hosts regular events throughout the year, great for a family day out. So, for a day out, a mid-week or weekend break, or even a more prolonged visit, there’s something for everyone in Largs, what are you waiting for?
Largs is located in North Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland just under an hour’s drive from Glasgow, with Edinburgh being reached within a further half hour’s drive. Largs is situated on the Firth of Clyde with stunning views out to the Isles of Cumbrae and Little Cumbrae and to the of Bute beyond.
Apart from its plethora of sporting venues; from the National Sports Centre, Largs Yacht Haven, Routenburn and Kelburn Golf Courses, to numerous bowling green and tennis courts, Largs is probably most famous for its Promenade. Stretching the length of the town, it provides a scenic walkway for all fresh air enthusiasts. You can stroll for miles and just relax and take in the views, or you can go at a faster pace and even train for marathons, as many people do. There is also a cycle path for those who prefer to travel on wheels. Vikingar, the award-winning centre adjacent to the Promenade, is home to the Viking Experience, swimming pool and gym facilities. Included in this venue is the Barrfield’s Theatre which hosts productions throughout the year; from the annual pantomime, to local drama group’s productions, local youth groups, dance shows and other award-winning shows, including musicals. Many famous actors and musicians have trodden the boards at Barrfield’s during their career.
Driving to Largs couldn’t be easier, from Glasgow via the M8 and A737, or a more coastal route via the M8 and through Greenock, then southbound on the A78. If you are travelling from the south, again the A78 northbound provides easy access. If you are travelling by train there is an hourly service, to and from Glasgow Central, which offers links to nearby airports, Edinburgh the capital, other mainline stations in Scotland and also to London and the south. With both Glasgow Airport and Glasgow Prestwick airport, each less than an hour’s drive or rail link away, there is easy access for that short weekend trip.
Being situated on the coast, Largs is an ideal location for coastal walks, or cycles, along the Promenade. Largs Yacht Haven offers the ideal location for sailing enthusiasts, while many jet skiers are seen to be whizzing around the Largs Bay on a sunny day. The Caledonian MacBrayne ferry terminal at Largs provides numerous daily sailings to the Isle of Cumbrae and you can come and watch the local fishermen land their daily catch at Largs Pier.
Boasting 2 golf courses, Routenburn Golf Club to the north end of town and Largs Golf Club at the south end, Largs is an ideal location for a golfing weekend. For the fitness fanatics, there are gyms at both the national Sports Centre and at Vikingar, which also boasts a swimming pool.
For the food and drink enthusiasts, Largs is home to numerous award-winning cafes, bars and restaurants and for those who like to shop, there is a wealth of independent shops spread throughout the town.
The world re-known Viking Festival takes place every year during late August, early September, featuring a Battle re-enactment, parades, the Viking Village and various historical and musical events over 10 days. This family Festival has not to be missed. Largs is also well known for it “Largs Live” Event held over a 3-day period at the end of June, with live bands playing day and night throughout local bars and restaurants. “Largs Live” attracts visitors from all over the UK, making this an annual “pilgrimage” for music lovers. With theatre productions, concerts and numerous other sporting events throughout the year, you can visit us anytime and always find something to do. With many of the hotels offering out of season breaks, Largs is truly an all year-round destination.
Leisure or sport, entertainment or tranquillity, our great accommodation options, amazing variety of cafes, bars and restaurants and a wide selection of local shops. Whatever reason brings you to Largs, you can be sure you will be welcomed with a friendly face and a cheery smile.
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