Nardini's Ice Cream Parlour, Largs
A rainbow of colourful benches, Largs promenade
View of Largs from the ferry leaving for Great Cumbrae Island
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When the train I was on managed to stop at Largs railway station I was somewhat relieved. Because a few years ago it somehow forgot to stop and ended up parked in the town's main street, having demolished a few buildings on the way. To be honest, I was not looking forward to a day in Largs. I fully expected a rundown den full of amusement arcades where no one was having fun and pubs full of seagulls with a drink problem. With the heyday of the British seaside holiday behind us and replaced by holidays abroad, it's not hard to see why so many of our coastal resorts have been struggling. You only had to visit practically any seaside town a decade ago to find peeling paint and great tumbleweed balls of dried seaweed blowing through deserted and forgotten streets.
In Largs times have changed so much that I enjoyed being there. And in the rain, too. The place is alive and kicking and feels like an exciting place to be. And you don't necessarily have to visit any attraction to enjoy it. All you need is one hand wrapped around a warm fish supper, the other tightly clutching a big bag of candy, and you will be sprinkled with the magic dust of the Scottish coast. Why go abroad when you've got this?
THE WORLD FAMOUS NARDINI'S
A RAINBOW OF COLOURFUL BENCHES
VIEW OF LARGS
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You can get a train to Largs from Glasgow Central Railway Station.
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