A SHOCKING new study has revealed parts of Largs could disappear under water by 2050.

Cafes, restaurants and even Magnus the Viking could be at risk of disappearing due to rising sea levels.

The probe has been carried out by Climate Central, an independent organisation of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the impact of climate change in Scotland.

They have this week released a map that shows both Nardini's and the Paddle Steamer also fall into the danger zone, while the trunk road from Largs to Skelmorlie is also considered to be at risk of being swallowed up.

The map, pictured, shows land projected to be below the annual flood level in 30 years time.

Other areas in the red 'at risk' category include Largs War Memorial, Largs Yacht Haven, St John's Church, Mackerston putting green and sections of the ring road around the Isle of Cumbrae.

Hunterston B Power Station, which will be decommissioned by 2050, is just outside the area worst affected.

Ancient monuments such as Portencross Castle are also in the red zone.

The international think-tank uses science, data, and technology to address climate science, sea level rise and extreme weather.

The Climate Central report states: "Sea level rise is one of the best known of climate change’s many dangers. As humanity pollutes the atmosphere with greenhouse gases, the planet warms. And as it does, warming sea water expands, increasing the volume of the world’s oceans. The consequences range from near-term increases in coastal flooding that can damage infrastructure and crops to the permanent displacement of coastal communities.

"We have found that global sea levels are projected to rise between about two and seven feet, and possibly more.

"Areas shaded red reflect places that are lower than the selected local sea-level and/or coastal flood projection."

The maps looks at sea levels around the organisation's metrics and take neither engineered coastal defences nor long-term dynamic changes into account.

The group added: "The map should be regarded as a screening tool to identify places that may require deeper investigation of risk."

Skelmorlie environmental campaigner Naomi Spirit-Hawthorne said that the report highlights the dangers to the area.

She said: "New climate change analysis shows the current projections of what we can expect in 2050.

"It is frightening to see how the sea rises are likely to affect us locally and to look at how much of our infrastructure will need to change very quickly.

"A lot of our coastal road network for example will be wiped out unless we take action now.

"We can't change things unless people know what's going on and take action in the way we live our lives.

"This will happen not just in the distant future but within the lifetimes of most people alive today."