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Largs is a small town on the river Clyde about 33 miles from Glasgow. It is easily reached by bus or train. A small car ferry leaves Largs to visit the small island of Millport on Great Cumbrie, a small island opposite the town.
Largs may once have been a tourist resort but is now more of a day trip town than visiting for a week, although there are many things to do.
There are still welcoming hotels for the many bus trips that visit the area. Retirement flats are also big buisness These and a lot of attractive residential property contribute to a population of around 11,000 people many of whom travel away from Largs for employment

Real Ale Trail

Disappointingly few pubs selling real ale. Opposite the station is MacAulay's and further down, towards the river, though hard to find as it is on the second floor of a building so has no pub front, is The Lounge. Cross over the road and go along Bath Street to find The Waterside pub. Come back to Main St and walk around to the pier. Opposite this is Charlie Smith's. The final place is along the front from here and turning up at Nelson Street (large church on corner) to reach J.G. Sharp's.
Turning right around the corner from here will, after a right-left turn take you back to the station area.

The train from Glasgow takes you into the station in the centre of Largs. The bus from Greenock or Gourock travels down the side of the river Clyde on the A8 to Largs and passes some hotels that are open to non-residents and a visit to all hostelries could start with these hotels or you can continue into the the centre of town getting off at the train station on main Street.
Stand and look at the entrance to the station then, on the same side as the station walk left up main Street where you will quickly come to The Sheiling. Leaving here return past the station to find McCabe's on the corner. Walking out of McCabe's continue down Main street then cross over.
There are two pubs across the road. The George is the easier of the two to see but before it there as The Lounge. This is hard to spot as it is not at ground level but on the second floor of the building. Once you see the entrance life is easier. After visiting this and The George cross the road once again to walk along Bath Street to The Waterside.
After The Waterside return to Main Street but follow it around past the car ferry to the promenade and a low modern building housing another pub, Lanes Opposite this, across the road are Charlie Smith's and then Ye Old Anchor Inn.
After the Old Anchor Inn there is a small Square and in the middle of the side parallel to the road is The Room. After this continue along the main road to find Albert's Bar. Leaving here keep going to the next corner with a red St Columba's church and Nardini's opposite. Turn up this road, Nelson Street, and at the corner find J.G. Sharp's. Turn along the road, Boyd St.,to the right and at the end of the street there is the Royal Oak. leave here by the other door and cross over to go along the next street (Aitken St). This would lead you back to Main St and opposite the station is McAulay's.

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nThe Sheiling is a right angled serving area starignt in fron t of you. There is seating down to the right with the main pub aarea in front of you. There is plenty of standing area. It is dominated by large screen TV and big speakers

have a half pint

heavy: Bellhaven Best, Bellhaven Original
lager: Stella, Tennent's,
Cider: Strongbow Guiness + ice cold

McCabes is a large corner pub with a hexagonal bar in centre. There is also a large room further back. As with all round bars you have to be at the right arc to get served.

heavy: Bellhaven Best, Bellhaven Original
lager: San Miguel, Tennent's+ice cold, Peronni
Cider: Strongbow Guinness + ice cold

 They say that it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but couldn't some compomise be made, like being moderately wealthy and a little moody.

The Lounge, has no on the road bar front as it is up an old and attractive staircase which opens out on a large lounge with a square bar on the second floor. There is a restuarant through from the comfortable lounge and a terrace up further stairs. This has been cut out of the roof space and has a view of main street and, to the right, over the river - slippery when wet. You can smoke all day of the Terrace and children are welcome!!

real ale: Greene King IPA
heavy: Bellhaven Best, Bellhaven Original
lager: Stella, Peronni, Erdinger, Tennent's, Esterella
Cider: Strongbow Guinness

The George is a large pub. The bar is set back a little giving lots of seating at the front window areas and standing room in front of the bar. There is a lot more seating up to the left. Busy with meals at lunch time.

heavy: Bellhaven Best + cold, John Smiths, Tartan, McEwans Heavy
lager: Tennent's + cold, Bud
Cider: Strongbow Guinness +cold


James Lovell

The Waterside (previously known as The Clachan) is a lerged roomed pub with a small 'snug' room to the right of the serving area. Seating all around and plenty of standing area.
Good Beer Guide 2013 (CAMRA); not 2016
Have one here
real ale: Ossian (Inveralmond), Landlord
heavy: Tartan, Bellhaven Best, Bellhaven Original
lager: Stella, Tennent's
Cider: Strongbow Guinness + ice cold

Lanes is a bar-diner on the promenade so has views over the river. There is a 10-pin bowling lanes and amusement arcade attached. It has booths and small tables. Dining to the right.
half pint here
heavy: Bellhaven
lager: Peroni, Carlsberg, Tennent's ice, Stella
Cider: Magners Guinness + ice cold

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