Stay-cation review: Largs, Scotland

Largs - Waverley

We’ve recently visited the small sea-side town of Largs in Scotland. We were so impressed with this place, we though we would write a stay-cation review.


Largs is located roughly 240 miles away from Manchester, and we had a relatively simple 4 hour drive to get to the town. You can also get the train or plane to Glasgow, and book transport from there. Largs is only 30 miles from Glasgow city, and has its own railway station, so getting there is quite simple.

Things to do

  • Walk along the Victorian promenade at night
    Follow the stunning seaside illuminations along the Victorian promenade for a romantic stroll into town.
  • Take the Tuesday night pub quiz
    Largs in the summer months has an active nightlife, and there is no better place to be on a Tuesday night than in Ye Olde Anchor Inn, surrounded by locals, a roaring fire and a very cosy atmosphere.
  • Vikingar
    There is lots of Viking history to be found in Vikingar museum, from their earliest raids on the Outer Isles of Scotland right up until the Battle of Largs.
  • Pub Crawl
    There are several pubs, bars and restaurants in Largs, and most are open even in the middle of the week. From locals to tourists, there is something for everyone.
  • Walk/Cycle around the Isle of Cumbrae
    Close to Largs lies the Isle of Cumbrae, just a mile offshore. There is a regular ferry service to the island and the famous Waverley Paddle Steamer makes regular trips during the summer months.
  • Grab a “proper” ice cream
    Sample over 32 flavours of ice cream from the highly recommended Nardini’s ice cream parlour, near the harbour.
  • The Waverley
    In the summer months The Waverley, the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer calls in at Largs, before sailing to the islands of Arran, Rothesay and the Kyles of Bute.

This was a genuinely surprising town – warm, welcoming, and litter-free. Airbnb prices, and the cost of eating and drinking here is very low. We’d definitely recommend a visit.