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Largs, North Ayrshire

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Largs, North Ayrshire

Largs (Scottish Gaelic: An Leargaidh Ghallda) is a town on the Firth of Clyde in North Ayrshire, about 33 miles from Glasgow. The original name means "the slopes" (An Leargaidh) in Scottish Gaelic. A popular seaside resort with a pier, the town markets itself on its historic links with the Vikings and an annual festival is held each year in early September. In 1263 it was the site of the Battle of Largs between the Norwegian and the Scottish armies.
Post townLARGS
Administrative CountyNorth Ayrshire
Traditional CountyAyrshire
OS GridNS2059
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Region
CountryScotland
Police AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01475
Population11,241
 

Other names by which Largs, North Ayrshire has been known in the past

Largis ~ Learg

Largs, North Ayrshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Largs, police burgh, market town, and par. with ry. sta., N. Ayrshire - par., 21,850 ac., pop. 5149; town, on Largs Bay, Firth of Clyde, 11 miles N. of Ardrossan by rail, and 36 from Glasgow by water, pop. 3079; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Thursday. Largs is one of the Clyde watering-places, and is pleasantly situated, within view of the Buteshire islands. In and near the town are some fine villas. Largs has a harbour and pier, and some fishing. The bay affords good anchorage for yachts, and there is a Largs Yacht Club. In the old graveyard is a curious mausoleum of the Skelmorlie Montgomerys. In the neighbourhood of the town are tumuli and other vestiges of the battle of Largs (1263).

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