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As the Commonwealth games approach ever faster, many visitors will be looking for a base easily accessible for the Games in Glasgow, but also showcasing other of Scotland’s charms. Largs could just be the perfect place.

A traditional holiday resort, Largs is picturesquely situated on the West coast of Scotland, and is a Victorian town of some charm. With good links to both Glasgow and Edinburgh by rail and road, plus being perfectly located to explore the wonderful and numerous west coast islands, this pretty town really does ticks all the boxes.

The town is probably most famous for the bloody battle which took place there back in 1263, when the loyal troops serving under King Alexander III managed to repel the Viking invaders. This epic event is celebrated at the excellent Vikingar Museum. The Viking connection is celebrated every year towards the end of summer, when battle re-enactment and other events are held to mark the end of the Viking stronghold over this part of Scotland.

Largs is very well set up for a whole host of sporting activities to keep you in the Commonwealth spirit. There are two eighteen hole golf courses both of which boast stunning views across the coast (Largs Golf Club and the Routenburg Golf Club) plus a six hole specialist training course which is located at the Inverclyde centre. Largs is also particularly well situated for water sports. The Sport Scotland National Centre is located just across the water from Largs on the Isle of Cumbrae. This is the premier destination in the country for waters ports, and the instructors and facilities are both second to none. All manner of water sports are on offer here –from kayaking, windsurfing, yachting, power boating and much much more.

Anglers will be delighted by the newly opened Haylie Fishing Loch, which boasts a great stock of blue, rainbow and golden trout, all in a simply stunning natural setting.

Tennis facilities are modern and accessible with 3 good courts in the town, and coaching on offer too. Head to the Kelburn Country Centre if you fancy a spot of horse or pony trekking - you will be able to hire any equipment you require here too and training courses are also on offer. Largs is popular with bowling enthusiasts and has two outdoors and one indoor clubs and for kids there is a lovely swing park overlooking the sea and a fabulous indoor swimming pool at the Vikingar Centre.

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