Top things to do in North Ayrshire

Museum in Irvine

Scottish Maritime Museum

Boat lovers should check out Irvine's Scottish Maritime Museum. In the massive Linthouse Engine Shop – an old hangar with a cast-iron framework – is an absorbing collection of boats and machinery. Displays cover rop…
Pub Food in Irvine

Ship Inn

Further along the harbour road from the maritime museum, make sure to drop into this wonderful pub. It's the oldest in Irvine (built in 1597, licensed in 1754), serves tasty bar meals and has bucket loads of charact…
Cafe in Great Cumbrae

Dancing Midge

The Dancing Midge is a hugely cheerful cafe on the waterfront, offering fine views and excellent breakfast options as well as sandwiches, daily soups, tasty cakes and good coffee.
Bistro in Largs


Tucked away above the Royal Bank of Scotland on the main road, this stunningly attractive bar and bistro comes as quite a surprise. Eating is done in an elegant tearoom space, with hardwood floor, ceramic fireplace …
Cafe in Irvine

Gro Coffee

Part of a renaissance of this part of Irvine's harbourside, this upbeat cafe and bakery is run according to sustainable principles. It covers a lot of bases, from organic coffee and sticky cakes to authentic Neapoli…
Cultural in Largs

Largs Viking Festival

This festival celebrates the Battle of Largs and the end of Viking political domination in Scotland. The highlights are the authentic Viking village peopled by costumed locals and the re-enactment of the battle, com…
Cathedral in Great Cumbrae

Cathedral of the Isles

Millport boasts Britain’s smallest cathedral, the lovely Cathedral of the Isles, which was completed in 1851. Inside, it’s quite ornate with a lattice woodwork ceiling and fragments of early Christian carved stones.
Museum in Largs


The town's main attraction is a multimedia exhibition describing Viking influence in Scotland until its demise at the Battle of Largs in 1263. It's got a slightly downbeat municipal feel these days, but tours with s…
Bistro in Largs


Nothing typifies the old-time feel of Largs more than this giant art-deco gelateria. The ice creams are decadently delicious, with rich flavours that'll have parents licking more than their fair share from their kid…