Local Attractions

Seaside destination

Located on the Firth of Clyde, Largs is a charming Scottish seaside resort, complete with Victorian promenade and a choice of ice cream parlours and shops.

Close to Largs lies the Isle of Cumbrae, just a mile offshore. There is a regular ferry service to the island and the famous Waverley Paddle Steamer makes regular trips from Largs during the summer months.

To south of the town, a stroll along the pebbly shoreline offers fine coastal views, leading past the striking Pencil Monument. Largs is a popular spot for those travelling by sailing boat - the Largs Yacht Haven is the largest marina in Scotland and boasts excellent facilities.

Viking heritage

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 and at the annual Largs Viking Festival, with battle re-enactments and living history displays. The festival culminates in a grand Viking galley burning and firework display.

Family fun

A couple of miles from the town centre lies Kelburn Castle &Country Park. This 13th century castle might take you by surprise –the outer walls have been painted in bright and bold eye-catching designs by Brazilian graffiti artists. You can wander through the woodland glen, a tranquil place of natural beauty, perfect for an invigorating countryside walk.

Great Cumbrae

Great Cumbrae is the larger of the two islands known as The Cumbraes in the lower Firth of Clyde in western Scotland. Home to the National Watersports Centre, the Cathedral of the Isles and the University Marine Biological Station, Millport, the holiday island has an 18-hole golf course which sweeps almost to the summit, and a round-island road much favoured for family cycle runs.

Mount Stuart

Mount Stuart House on the east coast of the Isle of Bute, Scotland, is a Gothic Revival country house and the ancestral home of the Marquesses of Bute. It was designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson for The 3rd Marquess of Bute in the late 1870s, replacing an earlier house by Alexander McGill, which burnt down in 1877. The house is a Category A listed building

Kelburn Castle

Kelburn Castle is a large house near Fairlie, North Ayrshire, Scotland. It is the seat of the Earl of Glasgow. Originally built in the thirteenth century it was remodelled in the sixteenth century. In 1700 the first Earl made further extensions to the house in a manner not unlike a French château which is virtually how it appears today. In 1977 the house and grounds opened to the public as a country park. It is one of the oldest castles in Scotland and has been continuously inhabited by the same family for longer than any other. The castle is protected as a category A listed building, while the grounds are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland. When it was found in 2007 that the castle's concrete facing would soon need replacing, Lord Glasgow invited four Brazilian graffiti artists to decorate the walls. This was still in place in 2011, when the Earl sought permission from Historic Scotland to keep the graffiti permanently.

Largs Museum

The Largs Museum is run by volunteers from the Largs Historical Society. Since 1975 it has been housed in one of the oldest building in Largs. In 1967 Alex Simpson acquired two weavers cottages in Manse Court
to house his growing collection of photographs and local artefacts.

Helpful info

The town has a railway station with connections to Glasgow, several restaurants and places to eat out including an art deco ice cream parlour.