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Largs is my favourite place to charter in Scotland, with a large safe marina, cafes and restaurants and bars and a welcoming sailing club, it's an easy place to arrive on a Friday evening in preparation for your trip. The Clyde outside the breakwater is sheltered from most wind directions and gives you opportunity to sail even in inclement conditions.
You've the choice of dozens of directions to explore, and a great weekend for me would be to get out on the first evening and across to Millport on Cumbrae where you can pick up a mooring before going ashore in this old fashioned holiday village. From there head south to explore Arran, finding a mooring or anchoring in Lamlash bay, tucked in behind the Holy Isle. April to October you can visit the Buddhist retreat or walk across this tended island to see the views from the top.
Alternatively you could visit Loch Ranza with its whisky distillery and Castle at the end of the loch. Beware this can be a bit blustery in south easterly due to katabatics down the valley.
Marina Details - Largs Yacht Haven
|Long / Lat:||N 55° 45' 58" W -4° 50' 59"|
Bottled gas, Chandler, Disabled facilities, Electrical supply, Electrical repairs, Engine repairs, First aid, Fresh water, Fuel: Diesel, Fuel: Petrol, Hardstanding / Boatyard, Internet café, Laundry facilities, Lift-out facilities, Parking, Pub / Restaurant, Pump out, Rigging service, Sail repairs, Shipwright, Shop / Supermarket, Showers, Slipway, Toilets, Telephone, Trolleys, Visitors berths, Wi Fi
The nearest airports are Glasgow Prestwick and Glasgow International airports, which are 85km away. Taxi’s can be arranged to take you directly to the marina, or you can use public transport to head into central Glasgow and out to Largs by bus or rail (see below).
Trains are scheduled to run from Glasgow to Largs every hour during the day (Check www.thetrainline.com for specific times and prices). The railway station is a 10-15 minute walk or a short taxi ride from the marina.
Buses run from Glasgow centre to Largs (the Number 901 is the fastest service). They are cheaper than the train, but take longer than the train.
From the town centre, it is only a 5 minute bus ride or a 3 minute car journey to the marina in the south. To walk would take around 20 minutes along the coast, something I’d advise on a nice, warm day.
Largs is approximately one hour’s drive east of Glasgow, and can be reached by taking the M8 and A760. Free car parking is available at the marina.