Magnus the Viking, Largs, Scotland

Today, I visited Largs, a small town with population of 11.350 which is located on the Firth of Clyde (estuary) in North Ayrshire, S.W. Scotland, about 32 miles S.W.of Glasgow.

For mid-winter, the weather was relatively benign, being dry and with reasonable visibility.

Volumes of people and traffic were at a seasonal low thus facilitating photography of the town’s key features.

Combination of mild climate and coastal location has for long proved a magnet for holidaymakers and retirees  Other facts and information concerning Largs as follows:

  • Close by is a large marina known as Largs Yacht Haven.
  • Home to ferry port providing a car and passenger ferry to/from Millport on the island of Great Cumbrae, a short distance across the Clyde.
  • Famous as location for the Battle of Largs (1263) when a Scottish fleet defeated a Viking/Norwegian fleet thus finally ending Norwegian control over the West of Scotland. This battle is commemorated by the Pencil Monument shown in image immediately below.
  • Visitors can connect with the region’s Viking heritage at the Vikingar Visitor Centre. There is also a Viking Festival held each year during late August/early September.
  • Home to Nardini’s, Scotland’s most famous café, restaurant & ice cream parlour which is located in a stunning Art Deco building.
  • Home to Largs Golf Club, an eighteen hole parkland course.
  • Well endowed with shops, restaurants, hotels and other accommodation.

Largs and Firth of Clyde, Scotland

Pencil Monument, Largs, Scotland

Main Street, Largs, Scotland

M.V.Loch Shira Ferry at Largs, Scotland

St Marys Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church, Largs

Vikingar Viking Experience Visitor Attraction at Largs, Scotland

Replica Viking Ship at Vikingar, Largs

Seafront, Largs, Scotland

Greenock Road, Largs, Scotland

Nardini’s Art Deco Ice Cream Parlour, Largs, Scotland

Largs Seafront, Scotland

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