Scottish Maritime Museum


The Linthouse, Gottries Road, Irvine, Ayrshire, KA12 8QE

    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

    4 Visitor Attraction
    Walkers Welcome Bikers Welcome Classic Cars Welcome Cyclists Welcome Children Welcome Groups Welcome
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times
    1 Mar 2015 - 24 Dec 2015


    • Children Welcome
    • Indoor Play Area
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Coastal Location
    • Town Centre
    • Waterfront Location


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • No Pets Allowed
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People

    Road Directions

    Follow signs for Irvine, when in Irvine, follow signs for Habourside/Maritime Museum. For satnav user's, the postcode is KA12 8QE

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- From Irvine Railway Station within easy walking distance. Follow signs for harbourside/maritime museum.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- From Prestwick on A78 follow signs to Irvine then harbourside/maritime museum.

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