Home to Scotland’s national maritime collection, the award winning Scottish Maritime Museum is a great day out, with lots to do:
Explore Scotland’s ‘Cathedral of Engineering’ – the vast, former Linthouse shipyard building
Discover historic vessels such as MV Spartan, Scotland’s last Scottish-built puffer, the harbour tug Garnock, and SY 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
Guided Tours will begin again shortly, please check back for updates
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. Weather permitting you can experience life at sea on-board MV Kyles, the oldest Clyde-built 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
From Monday 4th November
10:30hrs, 12:00hrs, 14:00hrs
Rail: Scotrail Website – five minutes’ walk from Irvine Railway Station
Road: Route Planner – From the A77 take the A71 and follow the brown signs to the Harbourside and the Maritime Museum. FREE PARKING
Bus: 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.
Sea: – We have our own pontoon in Irvine harbour where visitors can moor. Pre-booking is essential by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Bicycle: We have cycle racks as well as a full bike maintenance kit within our boatshop. On route 7 of the National Cycle Network.