Explore Scotland’s relationship with the sea at this fascinating seaside museum.
On a visit to the Scottish Maritime Museum, situated on Irvine’s harbourside, you will find exhibitions and ship models as well as the Linthouse engine shop, built in 1872.
Inside you can explore much of the museum's collection including shipbuilding machinery and machine tools, small boats, canoes, lifeboats, and much more. A visit also includes a tour to the shipyard workers' tenement flat, restored to its pre-1920s appearance and you can board the MV Kyles the oldest floating Clyde-built vessel in the world.
On the tour you can also visit the museum's pontoons in the harbour, where the floating boats are moored, and you can always board one of the vessels. Boats here include a steam yacht, a harbour tug and the puffer ‘Spartan’.
Puffer's Coffee shop on the wharf is open all year, for coffee, lunches and delicious cakes. You might also catch sight of Sammy the Seal basking in Irvine Harbour.
Prices - Adult: £7.00; Concession: £5.00