Local Area Information


Largs is a traditional seaside holiday resort on the west coast of Scotland with excellent rail links, taking you to Glasgow Central in 1 hour. Largs itself is a bustling town with many shops, restaurants and other amenities including the famous art deco Nardini’s café on the seafront which also offers an enormous range of delicious ice cream sundaes. 

There are many activities for everyone, including 2 golf courses (Largs Golf Club and Routenburn Golf Club) with many others nearby. Largs has a Viking heritage and along with Magnus the Viking on the promenade there is an exhibition at the Vikingar centre remembering the famous Viking battle of 1263. During the year Largs hosts 3 festivals, Jazz Festival in June, Brisbane Queen Festival in July and the famous Viking Festival in August/September.Vikingar centre also houses a swimming pool, gym and theatre.

Largs Yacht Haven can be reached along the coastal path and is the largest marina in Scotland and is a popular spot for those travelling by sailing boat. At the marina there is a host of facilities, see link

Nearby is Kelburn Country Park which has great activities for children. 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. The Kelburn Estate equestrian centre offers pony rides and treks.  Children would also enjoy the swimming pool, putting green, the playparks and skateparks. A short drive north will take you to the fantastic outdoor pool at Gourock which has incredible views across the sea.

Located on the Firth of Clyde on the Ayrshire coastline, Largs has great links to the islands and Cumbrae is just a mile offshore. There is a regular ferry service to the island and the terminal is a 10 minute walk along the promenade from Aubery Crescent. Cumbrae is a popular destination for tourists and particularly watersports enthusiasts as you can try yachting, dinghy sailing, windsurfing, powerboating, kayaking, open canoeing and stand up paddleboarding. The famous Waverley Paddle steamer has recently returned to service in August 2020 after an appeal raised £2.3 million to replace her boilers and makes regular trips from Largs during the summer months. Arran , Bute and Dunoon can also all be reached easily by ferries with terminals within a 20 minute drive.

Bute has many beautiful beaches and plenty to do in the smart Victorian seaside resort of Rothesay. Bute is also home to Mount Stuart a 19th-century mansion with extravagant interiors and expansive gardens. To travel to Bute you only need to drive 5 minutes up the road from Largs to Wemyss Bay Port to catch the ferry over Rothesay.

Some links below to some local destinations and restaurants :

Largs Golf Club

Routenburn Golf Club

Vikingar Centre

Nardinis Cafe and Ice Cream Parlour

Largs Yacht Haven

Timetables for the Calmac Ferries

Millport and Cumbrae tourist information

Visit Bute

Mount Stuart, Bute

Information on Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula

Visit Arran