The Largs Gathering of the Clan took place between Friday the 14th and Sunday the 16th of June. The event included a visit from the HMS Bangor. We attended the event on Friday, where we got the opportunity to board the HMS Bangor, a minehunter which was recently deployed during the Libya conflict. The ship was awesome and we had a great tour around the boat. Please listen to the audio below which includes the tour and an interview with Sub Mariner Henry Marriner.
Sandown Class mine hunter HMS Bangor will visit North Ayrshire from June 14 to 16 and will be open to members of the public.
Fife Regatta 2013 Wm. Fife Designed Classic Yacht Regatta, Firth of Clyde Prestigious Classic Yachts will grace the waters of the Clyde this summer between 28th June to 5th July. This will be the fourth gathering of the much admired William Fife designed yachts. His work was acclaimed in his lifetime and continues to be so, celebrated this year by the The Fife Regatta 2013. During the golden age of the Victorian era through to 1938 when his yard at Fairlie, North Ayrshire built his last yacht Solway Maid, Wm. Fife was a master of his craft. Twenty of these Classic Yachts are set to return to the Clyde again.
Largs is a seaside town and no seaside visit is complete without an ice cream or a portion of fish and chips. Nardinis does both!
We had a fantastic day out in Largs which included a trip to the Kelburn Country Estate, a view from the Haylie Brae, A stroll down Largs Promenade and dinner and ice cream at Nardinis Cafe.
Largs is situated right across from the Island of Cumbrae. Standing on the shore looking out you look at Cumbrae, Bute and Arran.
Our main reason for coming back to the Largs Viking Festival was to see the Eurofighter Typhoon Display. Rowan, my daughter had already seen it a few years ago but this time she was old enough to really appreciate it. I also expected my son, Tristan, who is three to be well into it.
Unfortunately due to the bad weather on Thursday, we were unable to attend the event but we did return on Friday (7th September). On this visit, instead of just visiting the festival, we also took the opportunity to walk through the town of Largs and visit some of the shops.