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Largs is a traditional seaside resort town, easily accessible from Glasgow. Ferries leave from here taking trippers on the 10-minute journey to the Isle of Great Cumbrae. The town played an important role in driving the Vikings out of Scotland- a fact celebrated today with a Viking festival in early September. The festival features a mock skirmish, the burning of a symbolic long-ship and a firework display.
The town has a number of small beaches. Largs Beach can be found at the northern end of the town. It is backed by the North Promenade which offers a choice of cafes and restaurants. There is a boating lake nearby.
The beach, which is a mixture of sand and shingle, curves gently around Largs Bay, from which there are views out over the Firth of Clyde towards Great Cumbrae Island and the Isle of Bute.
The Gulf Stream is said to run nearby and the town has a relatively mild climate. Parts of the seafront are lined with palm trees.