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Largs

LOCATION

BY ROAD

Coming from the North on the A78 follow the road into the outskirts of town and look out for a brown traffic sign on your left hand side which indicates to National Sports Centre. Turn left beyond the sign into Douglas Street. Whin Park is approx 100yds from the turn on the right hand side.

 
Coming from the South on the A78 follow the road through the town centre and onto the seafront. Continue along the seafront looking out for a brown traffic sign which indicates to National Sports Centre. Turn right beyond the sign into Douglas Street. Whin Park is approx 100yds from the turn on the right hand side.
   
Largs
  Coming from the Glasgow area on M8 West access the A737, signposted Irvine; from the M8 just beyond the Airport turn off. Follow the A737 until you reach the roundabout at the junction of the A760, turn right on to the A760 and continue to Kilbirnie. A the roundabout just past the supermarket take the first exit on the right and at the mini roundabout just beyond the traffic lights turn left and continue to Largs and the traffic lights at the junction with the A78. Turn right onto A78 and follow directions as for coming from the south.
   
BY TRAIN Largs railway station is in the centre of the town and is 10- 15 minute walk or a short taxi ride to Whin Park.
   
BY BUS There is a direct service from Glasgow to Largs run for City Link by McGill's buses, alight at Douglas Street
   
BY AIR Glasgow International Airport is approx 25miles east from Largs (40/45 minutes by car or taxi or take a bus or taxi to Paisley Gilmour Street railway station for a train to Largs). Glasgow Prestwick Airport is 25miles south of Largs ( 40/45 minutes by car or taxi or take a train from the airport station to Kilwinning and change to the Largs line or walk out to the main road A79 next to the railway and take the Stagecoach 585 service going to Greenock, approx 1 hour to Largs. Alight at Douglas Street.
Looking South from Castle Bay, Largs.

 
THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Walk the Promenade
The promenade runs from Aubery Crescent in the North to Largs Marina in the South (approx 2 miles) and this walk forms part of the Ayrshire Coastal Path.
It also provides an easy walk or cycle passing along the seafront offering views of different parts of the town and surrounding area.  Refreshments are available in the Marina for those who need a boost for the return trip.
The Heritage Centre in St Columba’s Parish Church & Largs Museum.
The Heritage Centre provides historical background information on Largs and an Audio Trail takes you around the places of interest in the town.  St Columba’s is the Church with the clock in the spire.
Largs Museum
Situated in Manse Court, just off the Main Street, between the George Hotel & the TGO shop.  It contains a considerable amount of information and items relating to Largs and the surrounding area.
Vikingar
The Vikingar Centre is on the main road just opposite the Lifeboat station.  It explores Largs’ links with the Vikings and includes an interactive experience, as well as a swimming pool children’s play area theatre etc.
Golf & Putting
Largs has 2 golf courses, the private Largs Golf Club (www.largsgolfclub.co.uk)
which is at the south end of town and the public course Routenburn Golf Club
(www.scottishgolfcourses.com/southwest/routenburn.html) which is at the North end of town. Both clubs welcome visitors.
In addition Ayrshire has many other courses including two championship courses 1 at Troon and 1 at Turnberry.  For more details visit www.scottishgolfcourses.com/southwest/index.html 
The town also has 2 Putting Greens, one in front of the Vikingar Centre  and the other at Mackerston which is South of the Pier and just beyond the War Memorial.
Children’s Play Area
Also at Mackerston and adjacent to the putting green is a large children’s play area.
Bowling & 10 Pin Bowling
Largs has 3 Bowling Greens:- Largs Bowling Club in Brisbane Road, Hawkshill Bowling Club in Wilson Street and Douglas Park Bowling Club on Irvine Road.
10 Pin Bowling is available in Lanes at the pier.
THE WAVERLEY PADDLE STEAMER
During the summer offers sailing excursions from Largs Pier to many areas within the Firth of Clyde. For details of all sailings visit  www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk

 

 

PS Waverley

IN THE SURROUNDING AREA

Kelburn Castle & Country Centre at Fairlie offers a range of activities.
For more details visit www.kelburncountrycentre.com

Isle of Cumbrae and the town of Millport are just a short ferry ride from Largs.  The island is a popular destination for many people with cycling one of the main activities on offer. Bicycles to suit all needs can be hired by the hour in Millport. For further information visit www.millport.org. Ferry information Calmac.

Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park is an area of hill and moor land which lies to the North and east of Largs. 
For more details visit www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk

Isle of Bute and its main town Rothesay are 30 minutes away by the ferry from Wemyss Bay 3 miles North of Largs. The island is home to Mount Stuart House an imposing Red Sandstone 19th Century Gothic Revival house which attracts many visitors to both the house and gardens, for further information visit www.mountstuart.com. For information about the island visit www.isle-of-bute.com. Ferry information Calmac.

DALGARVEN Mill is the Ayrshire Museum of Country Life & Costume and is on the A737 between Dalry and Kilwinning.
For more details visit www.dalgarvenmill.org.uk

Isle of Arran with its ferry port of Brodick are an hour away by the ferry from Ardrossan which is 12 miles South of Largs.  Arran is often described as Scotland in Miniature as its landscape reflects many of the features found throughout Scotland.  It is also home to a distillery and brewery as well as many other attractions including NTS Brodick Castle, for further information visit www.nts.org.uk/Property/13/. For further information on the Island visit www.visitarran.net . Ferry information Calmac.

 

Cumbrae Ferry South Promenade and Pencil Monument

FURTHER AFIELD

Culzean Castle and Country Park situated on the coast just south of the county town of Ayr this NTS property is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the country.
For more details visit www.culzeanexperience.org

Dumfries House  a recently opened property it lies just outside the South Ayrshire town of Cumnock and contains many of its original features and furniture. 
For full details visit www.dumfries-house.org.uk

LOCH LOMOND one of the iconic scenic areas of Scotland made famous by the song Loch Lomond and as the home of The Barclay’s Scottish Open Golf at the Loch Lomond Golf Course. More recently as the centrepiece of Scotland’s  first National Park is approx 2 hours by car from Largs. For further information on Loch Lomond visit www.loch-lomond.net and for the National Park visit www.lochlomond-trossachs.org.
 

GLASGOW the only city in the West of Scotland offers a great range of opportunities for Culture, Leisure and Shopping and can be reached from Largs in less than an hour by the direct hourly train service from Largs to the city centre.  The tourist information centre is in George Square which is not far from the station.

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16 Douglas Street, Largs, Ayrshire KA30 8PS
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