Up until the mid-19th century, Largs was a small village known only for a 13th-century battle between the Scottish army and Norwegian raiders, a historic moment celebrated each September with the Largs Viking Festival. By 1834, after a pier was constructed, tourists appeared, and with the arrival of rail in 1895, this modest settlement, with its promenade decked out with guesthouses and cafes, blossomed into the popular seaside resort and most-desirable-postcode town that it remains today. Largs has brilliant access to the nearby Scottish islands, with a regular ferry and the famous Waverley Paddle Steamer services.
The station building itself originally had four platforms with a glazed canopy and a footbridge, but the station had to be rebuilt after an incident in 1995 when a train dramatically crashed through the buffers at the end of the line. The station subsequently underwent a facelift in 2001 when a small ticket office was also added.