ScotRail confirms more seats on trains to support Largs Viking Festival

Last updated: Monday, 28 August 2023

ScotRail is adding more seats for customers travelling to the Largs Viking Festival over the next two weekends.

Started in 1980, the annual festival runs from Saturday, 2 September until Sunday, 10 September and marks the 1263 Battle of Largs, the last mainland battle between the Scots and Norse.

Each year, the living history Viking Village is open to the public and showcases life in a 13th Century Norse-Gael village.

The train operator has announced it will add extra carriages to services between Glasgow Central and Largs throughout the day on Saturday, 2 September and Sunday, 3 September to help customers get to and from the event.

The following weekend, Saturday, 9 September and Sunday, 10 September more seats will be added to services between Glasgow Central and Ayr to support the Viking Festival, as well as The International Airshow – Festival of Flight.

Customers should be aware that services along the route are expected to be much busier than normal.

With queuing systems expected to be in place at key stations along the route, customers are being advised to allow extra time to make their journey.

ScotRail will have extra staff on hand to assist customers, and the train operator is reminding everyone that the carrying and consumption of alcohol is prohibited on ScotRail trains and in ScotRail stations.

More information on the Largs Viking Festival is available online at

Phil Campbell, ScotRail Customer Operations Director, said:

“We’re really looking forward to helping people travel to and from the Largs Viking Festival, where they’ll be to catch a glimpse of what life would have been like in a 13th Century Viking Village.

“To help the festival run smoothly, we’re adding more seats to trains in Inverclyde and Ayrshire over the next two weekends, but services will be busier than normal, so customers should plan ahead and leave plenty of time for travel.

“I’d encourage everyone to purchase their train tickets before boarding to make their travel experience as smooth as possible. The mTicket system, available on the ScotRail app, offers a convenient way to secure your tickets and download them straight to your mobile phone, avoiding any unnecessary queues on the day.”