Inverary Maritime Centre
Inverary Maritime Centre
2.5
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Will nobody save it?
1.0 of 5 bubblesSep 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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michieg121
Ayr, UK1,061 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
The pier is now fully closed, and it is difficult to see the Vital Spark and the sqaure rigger close up - This was always an interesting visit, but it looks as though the bolats are being left to rot, which is a shame.
Written February 14, 2015
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Geoff F
Jacksonville, NC311 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014
What a shame the pier and the two boats moored there are closed to the public. There is little enough to do if you have young children; we had promised our young grandchildren an interesting visit. Very disappointing.
Written June 3, 2014
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elizabeth_leggett
Glasgow, UK4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
I have been visiting Inveraray for many years and to see the state of these two old historic ships is nothing short of madness.When you think of the rich lifestyle the "Duke" has at his wee country castle,you might think he would slip a few quid to the maritime museum to help upgrade these wee pieces of history.I never have and never will, pay to visit his castle.
Written July 23, 2012
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Bally1959
Winnipeg, Canada19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
It seems that a private citizen owns the Pier, Boats and Museum, and has let them go to rack and ruin - causing frustration and sadness to the townspeople who desperately want this area fixed up! Hopefully the town can regain ownership and bring it back to life for the tourists and the good of Inveraray, which is a lovely town, just needs some sprucing up.
Written May 31, 2014
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o_Hiho9_o
Barnsley, UK9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Family
on my numerous trips to Inveraray. I have yet to see this attraction open. always fenced off. waste of time
Written May 29, 2014
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Ingrid b
Glasgow, UK5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
How long does this monstrosity have to sit here for before someone takes it away?
Its not been open in years, its rusting and rotting and looks bloody awful.
for goodness sake either fix it up and open it again or take it somewhere else, im not even a local but that takes the look right off the town,
Written November 9, 2014
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Michael S
Manchester, UK49 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Couples
Sorry to say this attraction is dead.
During my working life I have had the pleasure of staying in this town many times,there have also been visits whilst I holidayed. Even with the loss of the maritime centre which was never up to much.this town is definitely worth a visit there is much to see and do. Please spend a day in the town and surrounding area Good food to be had in many of its establishments.
Written November 24, 2012
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Richard W
south croydon54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Moored at the pier at Inveraray,on Loch Fyne,is a remarkable little ship, "Arctic Penguin"only 400 tonnes,but with a wealth of history. A 3 masted vessel,has had several names in it's chequered history.The museum,on board,gives an insight into what life was like in it's heyday.Steps are a bit steep going below,but you're on holiday, so take your time,and you'll be fine.You wander around at your own speed,no pushy guides to keeping you moving,which I detest.Watch out for ropes on board,at deck level,which can trip the unwary,and also on the quayside,but this is a living vessel,not in a dry dock! I visited here on Thursday 29th April 2010,on a coach tour.
I thought I'd see it all in a few minutes,but there's so much to see and read, it took me a lot longer,which I enjoyed,as I like value for money,and at £3.00 for seniors,very good value! If you are fit enough,you can even climb the 5 vertical steps up on to the prow,which gives an even better view of the waterfront and bay. Anchored alongside is a Clyde Puffer,"Vital Spark",which featured in the book and film,"Parahandie".Also on board is a small,but very good snack bar,serving hot drinks,and food,all freshly prepared.Plenty of seating on board,or on the quayside.There is even a live webcam on board, aimed through the rigging towards the town,and covering the foredeck,so let friends and family know you're going,and they can watch what you're up to!
But be careful,it is 24hr coverage,so no canoodling in the shadows,you'll be spotted by someone you know! I have been to Inveraray many times over the years,but this is the first time I had been on board.I wish I'd done it before! Will definitely do it again on my next visit to the town.
Written May 6, 2010
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EastCoaster99
Dollar1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a highlight of my break in Inveraray, absolutely loved the Maritime Museum, a real treasure.

Got speaking to the staff and it's privately owned, no funding received from anyone to keep this running, it must be a real labour of love.

Very informative regarding all aspects of maritime heritage around Scotland.
Also included great info on Neil Munro, the writer of the Para Handy Stories.
Loads of information on display and lots for kids to play with!
Really clever Pirate illusion too.

Would highly recommend the museum but don't expect it to be a pristine, lottery ran attraction, it is an informative, rough around the edges 100 year old boat that has loads of character and even more information.
Written April 5, 2010
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Travellerinseat17
Middlesex77 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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