Inverary Maritime Centre

Inverary Maritime Centre, Inveraray: Address, Phone Number, Inverary Maritime Centre Reviews: 2.5/5

Inverary Maritime Centre
2.5
Speciality Museums
This location was reported permanently closed
What people are saying
Will nobody save it?
Sep 2016
I have had a soft spot for Inveraray since the nineteen seventies. It’s a bit like visiting an old friend - sadly on this occasion one that is not very well. A stream of coaches now disgorge their visitors to the castle and grounds, the jail and to buy high end woollens. Incidentally, the jail offers a free audio guide which is well worth taking if you don’t want to miss anything.. Whilst there is no distillery, the Loch Fyne Whisky Company sells its own blend of malt whiskies and the pie shop next to the jail is difficult to resist. However, for some years now there have been moored by the quay two ships that have contributed, and still contribute, much to the atmosphere, identity and charm of the town. They are, I believe, the sailing ship Arctic Penguin and the Clyde puffer VIC72,(formerly known as Eldesa, Eilean Easdeal and later Vital Spark, ,but not the vessel used in the TV series).. For some while now the jetty has been fenced off. I understand that it is no longer regarded as safe for the general public to visit. I was amused to read the report from an earlier contributor who mentioned that he used to buy an ice-cream and sit and eat it by the jetty. Yep, that’s exactly what I used to do too. As a visitor it is easy to express the wish that these lovely vessels be preserved when one has no obligation to find the resources required to do so. One can only wish the owners success in what they are trying to achieve. However, I do believe that an opportunity to benefit the town is being missed here. The area around the quay and Front Street is looking tired and in need of much TLC. Without the ships there is little reason to go there other than to buy an ice cream or visit the WCs. Would there really be no support in the local community for an initiative to breathe life back into this end of town? Could it be realised by local or central government, landowners, tour operators, industry and general public working together? Surely activities centred around the ships and Maritime Museum and making more use of the Loch's beauty -and fish- would have some mileage? I hope so. A new quay or jetty from which sailings could be made and to which visiting craft might call would seem to be a good place to start. Fare thee well Inveraray. I hope for better days.

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Travellerinseat17
Middlesex84 contributions
Will nobody save it?
Sep 2016 • Solo
I have had a soft spot for Inveraray since the nineteen seventies. It’s a bit like visiting an old friend - sadly on this occasion one that is not very well. A stream of coaches now disgorge their visitors to the castle and grounds, the jail and to buy high end woollens. Incidentally, the jail offers a free audio guide which is well worth taking if you don’t want to miss anything.. Whilst there is no distillery, the Loch Fyne Whisky Company sells its own blend of malt whiskies and the pie shop next to the jail is difficult to resist.
However, for some years now there have been moored by the quay two ships that have contributed, and still contribute, much to the atmosphere, identity and charm of the town. They are, I believe, the sailing ship Arctic Penguin and the Clyde puffer VIC72,(formerly known as Eldesa, Eilean Easdeal and later Vital Spark, ,but not the vessel used in the TV series).. For some while now the jetty has been fenced off. I understand that it is no longer regarded as safe for the general public to visit. I was amused to read the report from an earlier contributor who mentioned that he used to buy an ice-cream and sit and eat it by the jetty. Yep, that’s exactly what I used to do too. As a visitor it is easy to express the wish that these lovely vessels be preserved when one has no obligation to find the resources required to do so. One can only wish the owners success in what they are trying to achieve. However, I do believe that an opportunity to benefit the town is being missed here. The area around the quay and Front Street is looking tired and in need of much TLC. Without the ships there is little reason to go there other than to buy an ice cream or visit the WCs. Would there really be no support in the local community for an initiative to breathe life back into this end of town? Could it be realised by local or central government, landowners, tour operators, industry and general public working together? Surely activities centred around the ships and Maritime Museum and making more use of the Loch's beauty -and fish- would have some mileage? I hope so. A new quay or jetty from which sailings could be made and to which visiting craft might call would seem to be a good place to start. Fare thee well Inveraray. I hope for better days.
Written April 3, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Peter B
East Ayrshire, UK36 contributions
Closed indefinitely.
Jan 2017
Can say nothing about the museum itself, which is closed. There is no access to the puffer or the sailing vessel. The pier is closed and more or less derelict. You can see the vessels from the road, but no closer. Sad really.
Written February 1, 2017
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Gasman1874
Edinburgh, UK140 contributions
Very Disapointing
Dec 2016 • Couples
The Maritime Centre was shut when we went, one passer by told us it was closed for the season (quite possible - it was December) another told us it has closed down (it does look rather run down) but there was no visible sign to confirm the true story.
There was a tall ship, and a Clyde Puffer (the Vital Spark of TV fame) moored to the pier, but the pier is closed to the public, and both vessels look in desperate need of some TLC, as does the pier itself.
This is at the waterfront of the village, and just looks shabby and neglected, which is a real pity, as the rest of Inveraray is a great wee place.
Written December 19, 2016
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corand
scotland13 contributions
WHY is this here ?Neglected pearl of a great town
Oct 2016 • Couples
Shut now for years .Pier is in need of much cash to get it open again ,real shame as many people loved fishing and just walking out the pier and looking across the loch.Somebody somewhere must have the capability to spend some of that lottery money that I keep donating to used here.?
Written October 21, 2016
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Polly M
Sible Hedingham310 contributions
Good fun and interesting
Aug 2016 • Couples
Changes with the season and the state of the old boats at its heart. Pretty good this summer, and lovely to see The Vital Spark puffer boat. The pier itself is in need of some TLC so not as user friendly for fishing and wildlife watching as in the past.
Written October 20, 2016
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Paul R
Framlingham, UK227 contributions
Traditional stop with waterside front
Aug 2016 • Family
This is a good pit stop when travelling south from the highlands and includes a small town oasis from the hills.
Written September 4, 2016
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Steve B
Portrush, UK16 contributions
relics of auld decency
Jul 2016 • Business
underfunded and crying out for capital investment
a closed and sad facility.
an example of decay and sadness... sadly not uncommon now at similar facilities.
Written July 9, 2016
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Christine S
25 contributions
Its been a nice day but bit disappointed.
Jun 2016 • Couples
The maritime centre needs refurbishing and make it more accessible to the public. Disappointed that we cannot get and access up close to see the Vital Spark and really came to know the boat itself as it has no public access to it.
Written June 9, 2016
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scotlandfan2016
Castle Douglas, UK1 contribution
A real waste
May 2016 • Couples
Disappointed not to be able to get on the pier to see the VITAL SPARK. A golden opportunity for Inverary sadly going to waste. A great wee toon and well worth a visit that apart.
Written June 4, 2016
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abcbaxter
10 contributions
Such a shame no money has been put in to fixing the pier!!!!!
Mar 2016 • Couples
We used to fish here and take a picnic. Not now it's in ruins. Such a shMe because Inveraray is such a lovely place the pier lets it down
Written March 29, 2016
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