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The Paddle Steamer

An insight into the history of this fishing town.

The Promenade, Largs, North Ayrshire, KA30 8LX

In the summer months, the PS Waverley (the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer) still sails from Largs to other Clyde resorts. Its funnels, timber decks and brass fittings are a reminder of an earlier age, when many Clyde steamers stopped at Largs. There was also an Isle of Bute ferry service, run by the Caledonian Steam Packet Company, whose compact offices occupied a part of the Escape Amusements site nearest the harbour.

A photograph and text about Largs, between 1890 and 1900.

The text reads: Largs was a small village dependent on the handloom weaving and fishing. During the 19th century it evolved into a popular seaside resort and fashionable place to live. 

A photograph and text about Williams Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin of Largs.

The text reads: A distinguished mathematician and physicist, he was knighted by Queen Victoria for his work on thermodynamics and electricity. Units of kelvin are named in his honour. He held his country seat at Netherall in Largs, built in 1876 it was one of the first houses in Scotland with electric light. Lord Kelvin died at his home in Largs in 1907 and is buried in Westminster Abbey.

A poster advertising Largs as a holiday destination.


A photograph and text about fishing in Largs.

The text reads: Largs and Fairlie have a heritage of fishing, being located on the fine waters of the Clyde and near lochs and several reservoirs. Largs was a small village dependent on fishing and handloom weaving.

Mixed media entitled Pink Boat, by Patricia Castelvechhi.

Patricia takes her inspiration from Largs and the surrounding area. “Living by the sea means I am constantly finding inspiration from it – whether it’s fishing boats, sailboats or Islands”.

Mixed media entitled All Moored Together, by Patricia Castelvechhi.

External photograph of the building – main entrance.

If you have information on the history of this pub, then we’d like you to share it with us. Please e-mail all information to: pubhistories@jdwetherspoon.co.uk