LargsWritten by Administrator
Largs, ideally situated on the Firth of Clyde is a popular tourism destination in Scotland. The town boasts its own fabulous attractions and activities but is also within manageable commute to other Scottish tourist destinations such as Burn's Ayrshire, The islands of Bute, Cumbrae and Arran, the City of Glasgow and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.
Its a fantastic place to base any holiday to Scotland, not to mention its close proximity to both Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick airports. Other great transport networks such as the train and bus also make regular stops through the town, which make Glasgow and Ayr more accessible.
Largs is the famous location of the “Battle of Largs” in 1263, where the Scots fought off a Viking Invasion successfully. Every year around August/September, there is a Viking festival held in the town to mark this event. There is a recreation of a Viking village, fireworks display, fun fair and battle re-enactments.
The town has embraced its fame and has built a centre called Vikingar in which you can learn about the Vikings and their significance of the time. The centre also has an indoor swimming pool, an indoor play area for children and an outdoor mini golf area.
Other interesting historical spots are the Neolithic Tomb and Skelmorlie Aisle.
For Sailing and Watersports:
Largs boasts a top notch marina which boasts a lovely restaurant, sailing shop and diving shop. The area is very popular with sailors and Largs gives access to the islands of Cumbrae and Little Cumbrae which for divers, is a must with several shipwrecks (and local marine life) to explore. In regards to marine life, the area is so significant that on the island of Millport, there is a University Marine Biological Station.
During the summer months, there are several boating and sailing tours in the town. You can also hire or take out your own jet ski and enjoy everything the Clyde has to offer a water sports enthusiast. For water skiers, you can also enjoy the water.
For the Kids and Families:
Aside from the Vikingar Centre, the Kelburn Country Estate, in the neighbouring town of Fairlie is a fantastic family friendly attraction. They boast a great day out for the whole family including an indoor Playbarn and the famous and truly spectacular, "Magic Forest". The Estate is also home to some of the area’s oldest trees and you can enjoy horse riding on the estate too.
Largs has a promenade where you can easily get lost in time, with its beautiful beaches, sea side entertainment, tenpin bowling alley and many cafes and ice cream shops.
- For Largs Viking Festival information, please see HERE
- For more information on other Largs Events see HERE
- Fife Regatta 2013
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