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West of Scotland Area

Point I - Largs

The Battle of Largs was a battle between the kingdoms of Norway and Scotland, on the Firth of Clyde near Largs in 1263. The Scots were led by Alexander of Dundonald and the Norse by King Haakon IV.

The battle ended in defeat for the Norse and The Battle of Largs was the last time a Norwegian military force attacked Scotland. Read more here:

Largs’ most famous monument is The Pencil, situated at the south end of the Prom, near to Largs Marina was built to commemorate the Battle of Largs. Elsewhere in Largs, there is an interactive exhibition called the Viking Experience, open all year round at the Vikingar! in Largs.

The Largs Viking Festival takes place at the end of August each year.

Largs is also famous for the Nardini cafe and restaurant. Originally opened in 1935, with its panoramic views over the Clyde, an Art Deco interior, and over 30 flavours of ice creams! Nardini’s Cafe was started by Pietro Nardini who arrived in Scotland with his wife Rosa from the town of Barga in Lucca in Tuscany in 1890. Read more here: