Largs is a popular seaside town in North Ayrshire by the side of the Firth of Clyde. The Gaelic name for this town is An Leargaidh Ghallda which means The Slopes. From its beginnings as a small village around the church, Largs evolved into a busy and popular seaside resort in the nineteenth century. Large hotels appeared and the pier was constructed in 1834. It was not until 1895 when the railway made the connection to Largs which established the town's popularity.
The town of Largs has a rich history linked to the Vikings and this is celebrated each year with the Vikingar Festival in September. The Pencil monument is a structure built to mark a Scottish naval victory over King Haco of Norway in 1263 that saw the complete withdrawal of the Vikings from here. History apart, there are many activities for you to engage in during your stay in Largs. There are golf courses, many throughout Ayrshire and some of the best championship courses at that.
Kelburn Castle, situated between Largs and Fairlie, is the ancestral home of the Boyle (originally de Boyville) family, the hereditary Earls of Glasgow. Kelburn is believed to be the oldest castle in Scotland to have been continuously inhabited by the same family. The de Boyvilles who originated in Caen in Normandy came up after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The forebears of the modern day Boyles settled at Kelburn around 1140.
If you're into sailing, Largs Yacht Haven is just down the road, and you can sail to Cumbrae, Rothesay or Arran and beyond. If you prefer to let a scheduled ferry service take the strain, there is an excellent ferry service to Cumbrae from Largs, and there's also a ferry service from Wemyss Bay (just up the road from Largs) to the Isle of Bute. The paddle steamer Waverley, the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world, also calls here in the summer and can take you on a sailing tour around the islands and gives a unique experience.
All in all, you'll be spoilt for choice in what to do during your visit to this pleasant wee town and surrounding area, so don't hesitate to make The Old Rectory your base to explore from.