Traditional holiday resort opposite the north end of Great Cumbrae island
Largs has everything you would expect in a traditional Scottish seaside resort, such as a Victorian promenade and ice cream parlours. It is a good base for exploring the many west coast islands including Great Cumbrae, just a mile offshore. There is a regular ferry service to the islands and the famous Waverley Paddle Steamer makes regular trips from Largs during the summer months.
The town is famed for a battle in 1263 when the Vikings, attempting to land from a fleet of longboats, were repulsed by the army of Alexander III. This Viking heritage is celebrated at Vikingar! – a multi-media Viking-themed attraction. If this isn’t enough, there are two golf courses, putting, bowls, play parks, fishing, diving, a swimming pool and many other sport and leisure activities. The horseshoe shape of Largs Bay, and Great Cumbrae, has made the resort a popular sailing base with anchorage for all craft.
Largs is less than an hour from Glasgow by road and only 40 minutes from Glasgow International Airport. From Glasgow Airport you can drive easily to Largs, take a shuttle bus to Paisley Gilmour Street train station where trains run direct to Largs. Glasgow Prestwick Airport is just over an hour from Largs, and if travelling by train the station is beside the airport, all you need to do is change at Kilwinning for a direct train to Largs.