For those living in the west of Scotland, a trip to Largs is a seaside rite of passage. This complete guide looks at the top things to do and hotels in Largs.
Your Complete Guide Largs
This small town near Fairlie is referred to by its locals as Scotland’s Costa del Sol, as it hosts many beach bars, ice cream parlours and amusement arcades down its coastline.
If you are looking for things to do, places to see in this lovely little town, we have you covered with our “Complete Guide to Largs”.
Where is Largs
This charming town is only 32 miles away from central Glasgow, many people travel to Largs from here using public transport the town has great transport links from surrounding areas.
Largs train station lies in the very heart of the town, so if you are looking to travel to other seaside resorts nearby, Largs would be a great choice for you.
Top 5 things to do in Largs
If you are visiting Largs during your next short break you will not be stuck for things to do!
From festivals to ferry rides, a weekend in this buzzing Scottish spot has plenty to offer families and couples who are looking to getaway.
Kelburn Country Park
The event’s organisers promise festival-goers a whole spectrum of musical experiences across seven different stages and attendees travel from all over the UK to attend.
If you are not visiting during the summer months, Kelburn Country Park is open year-round. Visit the estate’s secret forest or take part in a trail that leads to one of Largs best viewpoints.
Millport is just a short hop away on the famous Largs ferry.
Many visit Millport to cycle around it (a ten-mile route) but this little island has a lot more to give. The Island has it’s very own water sports centre and golf course making it the perfect day trip location for the outdoorsy type.
Make sure you get a photograph with the Crocodile Rock before you head back to Largs!
Are you a fan of fish and chips? If so, Largs is the home to some of the best “chippies” in Scotland.
Largs locals are especially proud of Nadini’s. The cafe has been running since 1935 and after a multi-million-pound refurbishment, it is the town’s seafront star.
Fresh fish and chips will be on offer here alongside a selection of delicious ice cream sundaes and desserts – don’t miss out if you are visiting Largs beach.
Did you know that Largs was the location of the last battle which ended Viking influence over Scotland?
An armada from Norway landed on the Ayrshire coastline in 1263, something that Largs locals will never forget. To this day, the town celebrates its victory with the “Largs Viking Festival” which has been running for over forty years.
The town also has a ‘Vikingar’ centre, where visitors can go to learn more about the town’s connections to the Viking Age.
Largs Yacht Haven
If you plan on taking a walk along the stunning Largs seafront, head towards the town’s Marina.
Alongside a range of facilities for boat owners it welcomes visitors with its choice of bars, restaurants and coffee shops on site.
Visitors to Largs with motorhomes can also choose to stay by the shore as you can pitch up at Largs Yacht Haven for a reasonable £25.
A request from one of our readers, the Willowbank Hotel is an absolute must when visiting largs. This hotel in the north side of Largs puts on dinner dances every weekend and serves great food with excellent service.
Top 5 hotels in Largs
If you do like to be beside the seaside, there are many hotels in Largs that will fit the bill.
There is a great selection of hotels in Largs that are situated on the seafront, however, if you are looking for a cosy B&B away from the busy Largs beach, you will find many scattered around the town.
My Voyage Scotland lists its top picks of hotels in Largs below!
Hotels in Largs top pick: Brisbane House Hotel
If scenic views are on your checklist, the Brisbane House Hotel ticks this box. Our “Star Pick” for Largs overlooks the Isle of Arran as it is located on the quieter end of the Largs seafront.
This hotel is well known for its excellent service, brilliant location and it’s very own hotel restaurant.
“Oscar’s Restaurant” serves up a delicious Sunday roast, so make sure you book a table if you plan on staying at the Brisbane House Hotel.
Named after the famous “Haylie Brae”, the Haylie Hotel is the perfect place to rest after a long day searching for the best ice-cream cone.
This hotel is perfect for guests that are looking for a hotel in Largs that is pet-friendly. If you do decide to bring your furry friend along, the Haylie Hotel is a short walk from the Largs’ Pencil Monument and the town’s viewpoint, so make sure you tick these tourist spots off the list during a dog walk!
St Leonards Guest House
Largs has a great selection of guest houses and if you are looking for value for money on your next trip to Largs check out St Leonards Guest House.
Located not far from the town’s train station this is an excellent pick for those that want to stay close by to restaurants, pubs and the great selection of shops within the town centre.
Roberta’s Guest House
All guests at Roberta’s have access to free WiFi, free private parking and their own private bathroom.
Roberta’s Guest House is highly rated for its excellent breakfast options; both continental and traditional English breakfast options are on the menu here.
Once you are set up for the day, you can head over to the nearby Kelburn Castle and Country Centre for a day of fun and exploring.
The Old Rectory
This four-star hotel is well known for its sea view rooms and welcoming hosts.
The Old Rectory is the perfect place to stay if you are looking for a traditional Scottish experience in the heart of one of Scotland’s busiest seaside towns.
Rooms at this hotel book fast, so you should book in advance.
Self Catering Camping in Largs
Camping in Largs is great. Our choice of campsite is far enough outside of Largs that you can enjoy decent peace and quite, but close enough (10-minute taxi ride!) that you can enjoy a few pints and a nice meal.
South Whittlieburn Farm
If you are planning a camping trip to Largs, you can pitch up at South Whittlieburn Farm. This stunning location is suitable for those with tents/motorhomes/caravans.
Enjoy the good life. Guest at this self-catering spot will share surroundings with the horses and ponies in the next door fields and can even buy fresh eggs from hosts Katie and Neil.
With so much to see and do in Largs, make sure this spot is on the list for your next Scottish adventure.