Home to Scotland’s national maritime collection, the award winning Scottish Maritime Museum is a great day out, with so much to do: 

Explore Scotland’s ‘Cathedral of Engineering’ - the vast, former Linthouse shipyard building

Discover historic vessels such as Spartan, Scotland’s last Scottish-built puffer, the harbour tug Garnock and Carola, a steam yacht built in 1898

Test a model foam boat on our indoor boating pond or sail your own on our outdoor boating pond.

Learn about Scotland’s importance to maritime history, and about the people that built and sailed Scottish ships around the world

Irvine Public Tours

Leaving the Linthouse three times a day and lasting about 75 minutes you will visit the 1920’s Tenement Flat to step back in time in a typical shipyard worker’s home. Then weather permitting you can experience life at sea onboard MV Kyles, the oldest Clydebuilt vessel still afloat in the UK, on the pontoons

Summer Tour Times

After the third Sunday in April

11:00hrs, 12:30hrs, 14:30hrs

Winter Tour Times

After local midterm break in October

10:30hrs, 12:00hrs, 14:00hrs

A Museum visit isn't compete without dropping into Puffers Café with its stunning views over the River Irvine Estuary.  All information can be found in Cafes  Then take a look around our heritage and maritime themed gifts and gallery in the Boatshop.

Getting Here:

By Rail Scotrail Website - five minutes’ walk from Irvine Railway Station

By Road Route Planner - From the A77 take the A71 and follow the brown signs to the Harbourside and the Maritime Museum. FREE PARKING

By Bus  Stagecoach - No.11 from Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenson, Kilwinning, Irvine and Kilmarnock, No.585 Ayr, Irvine, Greenock, X34 Irvine, Beith and Glasgow and the 14A Service from Troon all have convenient bus stops nearby.

By Sea - We have our own pontoon in Irvine harbour where visitors can moor. Pre-booking is essential by emailing [email protected]

By Bike - We have cycle racks as well as a full bike maintenance kit within our boatshop. On route 7 of the National Cycle Network.  Sustrans Website

Opening Times and Admission:

Open Daily: 10am - 5pm Monday to Sunday 


Adult: £8.50                                                                                                                                          (Age 17+)

Concession: £6.50                                                                                                                                (Visitor’s age 60+, registered disabled, and full time students aged 17+)   

*Up to three children (age 16 & under) admitted FREE with every full paying Adult or Concession  

Extra Child Price: £4.

Registered Carers: One free when accompanying a paid disabled person

Art Fund and Scottish Maritime Museum Friends Group members: FREE entry

To benefit from the above concessions, please bring supporting documentation with you such as your student card or membership card.  

Admission fees help towards our running costs of the Scottish Maritime Museum. Scottish Charity Number: SC007133

All admission tickets are non-transferable to anyone else

Most debit and credit cards are accepted for payment.

Group Visits: Pre-booked groups of 10 or more receive special rates from £4 for a self-tour 

Contact the Visitor Services Team [email protected] for further information  

Free Parking.


The main areas of the Museum are on the flat.
Assistance dogs are welcome.
A wheelchair is available, please pre-book by emailing [email protected]
Accessible toilets are available, along with a disabled toilet and baby changing facility.
Tables and chairs in the café are free standing.

Get In Touch:

[email protected]

Call 01294 277 177

You can now download our Visitor Information Leaflet here