Just 20 miles from Glasgow and stretching down to Largs—with no fewer than nine visitor centres and miles of breathtaking countryside—Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park is large. Covering 100 square miles, it has lochs, woods teeming with wildlife, thundering waterfalls, walks, cycling, and water sports. Barnbrock, 6km north of Lochwinnoch, is the Park...more
Many people visiting Largs take the 10-minute ferry across to Great Cumbrae --which measures just 6-miles long by 2-miles wide. On the island is the Victorian holiday resort of Millport. It was one of the resorts on the Clyde visited by Glaswegians before the days of cheap flights to sunshine.In Millport there two museums and lots of small shops,...more
The Kelburn Castle and Country Centre is very much a place for all or any member of a family. It gives a chance to experience the history, beauty, mystery, and adventure, which is Kelburn's special kind of enchantment. The Castle makes an impressive backdrop to its exotic gardens, and romantic glen—one of Scotland's most beautiful natural...more
A huge Viking fleet lay tossing at anchor off Largs in October 1263. King Haakon IV of Norway had determined to teach the Scots not to challenge his rule over the Western Isles of Scotland. Odin, the god of the skies, was stirring up the air. Fierce winds caused cargo ships to drag their anchors. Skirmishes fought ashore with Scots trying to...more
It is difficult to think, as you walk about the pleasant little seaside town of Largs now, that it was the scene of the last battle in Scotland between the indigenous population and the Norsemen (Vikings) who had been regularly raiding the country for years and at that time still controlled the Islands and present day Argyllshire.Well, if you need...more
If you have read my other Largs pages, you will know that I visited the town for the wedding of two dear friends of mine. There were a number of us there (including children) and, in the way of these things, my mate had organised a tour to the Vikingar Centre. I have to say, I was slightly less than enthused about all this. I had walked past the...more
We were driving around the coast, and Largs was along the way. We knew of the Viking Centre that was there and decided to go inside. As it was a Tuesday there were a bunch of school kids, and my partner and I got a VIP tour/show. The girl who took us through was great at what she did. She wore traditional viking clothes, and took us to "her" house...more
Just south of Largs itself is Kelburn Castle & Country Park. Its the home of the Earls of Glasgow but the grounds are open to the public and are a nice place for a day out. There are woodland walks, gardens, craft workshops etc I remember as a child loving the bamboo forest but I'm not sure if that is still there or notmore
On one of my more recent visits to Largs I noticed a sign pointing off the main road to a viewpoint. Its up in the hills above the town and has views right over the town and nearby islands. It wasn't the clearest day when I was there but I'm sure the views would be well worth it when it is. I believe it was part of some park area so there may be...more
Just off the coast from Largs is the island of Grand Cumbrae which is accesible by ferry from the town. You can just admire the lovely view from mainland or maybe take a wee day trip over there if you have time! Its always fun, and a popular activity, to hire a bike and cycle round the islands on a nice daymore
Largs has something of the traditinional seaside resort about - ice cream, fish n chips, amusements and plenty for kids. It has the more upscale looking cafes and bars as well as the traditional pubs. Along the shore there are quite a few little rides for the kids which brightens the promenade up somewhat!more
As you drive into Largs from the south one of the first places you reach is the marina. I generally park here and then walk into the town along the path beside the shore. Its a nice walk and saves having to drive through the invariably busy town centre in search of parking. The marina itself is nice if, like me, you like boats!more
Largs is recomended for people who want to relax and appreciating the quality of life. Here you can play boowling, play golf, mini-golf, sports in marina, sports center, some walks over the river clyde or simple enter in the various pub's and enjoying the good mud !more
The Vikingar offers a good family day out. The vinkingar experience is supposed to be pretty good although I personally have not done the tour but it tells you all about the vikings and what they were like and there are people dressed in costume who are story tellers who tell you all about Myths and Legends about the Vikings. This is sort of like a...more
Just back the Willowbank after a short stay must compliment Paul the manager on his cheery...more
Greenock Road, Largs, KA30 8NF, United Kingdom
Good for: Solo
29 Gogo Street, LARGS, KA30 8BU, GB
Good for: Families
I often have this problem with writing VT tips but a place that is a restaurant, bar, function room and night music venue is a little different to categorise. In this case I shall put it under restaurant tips as I had a delightful meal with a group of dear friends there on the eve of the wedding of two of the number. We were seated promptly and...more
I am not at all sure why there is such a noticeable Italian presence in Scotland but it is there. From a man called Danielli currently playing very well on the wing for the Scottish rugby team through a thousand ice cream parlours and fish and chip shops, not to mention some excellent Italian restaurants, Italians have integrated completely into...more
Largs is as famous for its reknowned Italian ice cream, by Nardini's, as anything else!! I can't go there without going for a tub! Although their large fish and chip restaurant is now close - I can remember eating there many years ago - they now have a smart looking cafe right on beside the harbour. I haven't eaten there so not really sure what...more
I am including this in the nightlife section as that was my predominant use of it, although it is a functioning hotel and they also do food, so it is effectively, hotel, restaurant and nightspot.If you have read some of my other VT pages, you will know that strange things happen to me. I don't know why and I don't look for it but strange things...more
56 Reviews and Opinions
My husband and I have recently traveled to Largs, and found the bus system very useful. The first week in Scotland, we traveled around using the bus system. If one cannot afford to hire a car for your visit, the buses will get to as close to where you want to go as possible. The schedules are confusing at first, but we found if we asked anyone...more
Readers of my other pages will know that I am not much for posting shopping tips. As far as I am concerned, shopping is something that happens to other people, presumably if they had been really bad in a previous life. However, I make one exception. I shop madly for food in places that are not home. Scotland is one of my favourite places to do...more
Like in the USA, Largs and every other city in Scotland boasts many of these shops. Very good source for things you may need but forgot to bring for backpacking or hiking. They really surprised me to have a good selection for souvenirs! Like the Dollar Stores in the USA, the Pound Stores really help on the budget! Of course there are the usual...more
Until you get acquainted with the direction the traffic flows(on the opposite side of the street from the USA), do look the opposite direction. Traffic moves fast in Scotland and can come around a corner before you know it! It took us about three days to get accustomed to this. Also if driving in Scotland for the first time, watch those round-abouts! A bit overwhelming at first, but once you get the hang of it, they do make sense!
Luggage and bags:
I would suggest a backpack as they are handy when traveling away from Largs for a night or for shopping!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: By all means, take a water proof jacket if you go before the end of September! After that, you should take a heavier coat. Trust me; they are correct when the locals say the weather can change quickly! Sturdy shoes for walking, hiking boots if you hike in the mountain areas.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can pretty much get the same items from their Woolworths' or pharmacies as you can in the USA.
Photo Equipment: A camera of course is a must; camcorder can be nice.
Favorite thing: Largs was the site of a battle in 1263 where the Scots finally defeated the Norse King and got rid of the Vikings. This tall monument on the shore near the marina commemorates this event and is affectionately known locally as "the Pencil". The Viking connection is explored at the Vikingar museum in town.