A LARGS landmark has been named by Wet Wet Wet frontman Marti Pellow as one of his favourite places in Scotland.

The Love is All Around singer was asked by our sister paper The Herald for his top places to visit - and said famous Viking monument The Pencil was top of his list.

Marti revealed: "My parents didn’t drive so our days away would mean getting a couple of trains to Largs. We would visit the beach at the Pencil, which must be one of Scotland’s smallest. I still have such a soft spot for that wee spot.

"I remember my dad telling me that this was where the Vikings landed. I had just watched the film The Vikings, so thought I would see Tony Curtis and Kirk Douglas at any moment!"

The Pencil was built in 1912, to commemorate the Battle of Largs 1263, when the Scots defeated King Haco of Norway's troops on the shore at Largs, after the 160 long ships got caught in a storm,.

For many years, the Pencil used to be the venue for the Largs Round Table's fireworks and Viking festival displays.

A long-running campaign by former News journalist Julie Laing to light up the Pencil was victorious in 2013 as EDF stepped in to illuminate the landmark for the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Largs.