An Leargaidh Ghallda
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Largs Main Street in 2007|
|Transport Scotland Roads|
|Places related to the A78|
|Ardrossan • Ayr • Greenock • Irvine • Wemyss Bay|
Largs is a coastal resort on the North Ayrshire coast, home to the famous art-deco Nardinis Ice Cream Parlour. The town looks out across the Firth of Clyde to the isles of Cumbrae and Bute, and with beaches and a long promenade it is popular with tourists in the summer months. Although Largs is just about close enough to Glasgow for commuters, it is closer and easier to reach from the Ayrshire Towns.
The main road through the town is the A78, which mostly follows the coast from Greenock to Ayr. Despite being an important route which is dual carriageway at either end, the section through Largs runs through the town centre, between the shops and along the esplanade. The steep hills rising behind the town mean it is unlikely that a bypass will ever be built. The A760 heads inland from the south end of Largs, rising steeply around switchback bends to the moorland above, and then crosses to Kilbirnie and Lochwinnoch, where it meets the A737 to Glasgow.
The only other classified road in the town is the B7025, which provides a loop around the south side of the town centre, but is of little use to through traffic.
Largs is also the ferry port for the Isle of Cumbrae, just across the narrow channel of Farlie Roads. The crossing is normally served by two ferries, criss-crossing back and forth. They sail from the pier in the middle of the town and cross to Cumbrae Slip, almost the closest point of the island to Largs. The main town on Cumbrae, Millport, is a couple of miles away, but has no direct ferry service, instead buses make the connection for pedestrians.
|Wemyss Bay, Greenock, Glasgow|
|link in town|
|Cumbrae slip on the B896 on the Isle of Cumbrae|