Irvine Things to Do
Beautiful, majestic, at one with nature: a clipper ship in full flight! Harvesting the oceans’ winds they crossed the globe bringing tea from China and populating Australia. The 176-foot City of Adelaide built in 1864 made 22 round trips to Adelaide in South Australia carrying up to 270 passengers in hope of a better life and perhaps riches from...more
Anytime I've been to the harbour, the museum has been closed. You can see some of the exhibits through the railings. Some others, either decaying or being renovated (hard to tell) are beached in the vicinity.The vessel in the forground of the picture is a "puffer". This was the traditional small vessel for transporting anything & everything between...more
11 Hotels in Irvine
Marine Drive, Strathclyde, Irvine, North Ayrshire, KA11 5AE, United Kingdom
Good for: Business
122 Main Street, Dreghorn, Irvine, KA11 4EE, United Kingdom
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
46 Annick St., (formerly Thistle Irvine), Irvine, North Ayrshire, KA11 4LD, United Kingdom
Good for: Families
Without doubt, The Ship Inn is the most popular pub/restaurant in Irvine. This can be gauged from the numbers who are regularly turned away as they haven't taken advice and booked in advance. Bookings are taken from Monday to Friday, but on Saturday and Sunday, just turn up early and make yourself known. The "Cullen Skink" is probably as good, if...more
The Ship Inn is a not to be missed experience, but not for the diet conscious nor the lettuce and tomato brigade.The food is gargantuan and very reasonably priced. The ambience in the pub is second to none as one would expect from a family (The Murrays) run establishment.There is a good selection of wines and beers at reasonable prices and the...more
I've been going to this part of Irvine for about 6-7 years because my son plays ice hockey at the adjacent leisure centre once a season. I've often been tempted to go into the Ship Inn for food or drink, but in Feb '10 I finally did it.
Nice atmospheric traditional pub/restaurant type place. The emphasis is on food, so the bar area is quite small. Seemed to be very busy at 7pm on a Saturday.
Must go back and try the food one time.
Oh, and for you history buffs, it has been a pub since 1754! And the buildings date back to 1500s!
Dress Code: Smart casual I'd guess. They have a meeter & greeter at the front door for restaurant guests, so no doubt he'd turn you away if you look too scruffy.Related to:
- Historical Travel
if you are traveling around the local area - and not just to irvine - ask at the train station about zone cards and family travel tickets.all the local services come under strathclyde passenger transport - but they are run by various different companies - which means buying lots of expensive single or return tickets.getting a zone card or a family...more
Driving around Irvine is not so bad, although it does rain often. Just remember also that unlike American roads, you must drive on the left side of the road. You may want to take a taxi or let a more experienced driver take you around first if you've never driven this way before.more
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Irvine Warnings and Dangers
watch out for the junkies in the high street and the gypsy beggars
this is totally a new phenomanon in the town.
just ignoring them is your best bet - and keeping your hand on your wallet - which should be safely tucked inside your front pocket - not in a back pocket or inside a hand bag
Irvine Tourist Traps
the magnum leisure centre is not exactly like it used to be...
it used to be famed for being the biggest leisure centre in europe. now it's just run down and very sad looking - which is a shame
Unique Suggestions: enjoy it while it's still here - they are talking about knocking it down
Fun Alternatives: if you fancy swimming - get on the local bus to harveys in nearby stevenston / saltcoats
it's cheaper to get in - and the swimming pool is a whole lot better!
Irvine Off The Beaten Path
great fun on a nice day
take the dogs a walk around the massive country park - there's usually something going on there.
take the kids to the swing park or the ruins of the castle
theres a visitor centre and information place too - and a wee cafe that opens mostly in the summer months.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- National/State Park
- School Holidays
Irvine Sports & Outdoors
Huge multi-sport centre. I've only ever been to the ice rink, which is small and dark.
Its one of the least attractive venues on my son's circuit of ice hockey fixtures. Everytime I've been, there has been a posse of 13/14 year olds smoking at the front entrance. Someone should throw them in jail (18 is now the minimum age here) or at least tell them to clear off and pollute the atmosphere somewhere else.
Equipment: Warm clothes!Related to:
- Family Travel
Favorite thing: The area around the harbour, where the two rivers meet is a mecca for bird watchers with a marvellous variety of sea birds to view.
The views across the Firth of Clyde to the islands of Arran and Ailsa Craig are wonderful, particularly at sunrise and sunset. The Kintyre peninsula and the well known Mull of Kintyre are just behind the island of Arran.
Heading north one can visit the towns of Stevenston, Saltcoats, Ardrossan and to Largs and beyond. Good ferry services are available to cross to the islands of Arran (from Ardrossan), Bute (from Wemyss Bay) and to the Cowal peninsula for Dunoon (from Gouirock). Details of ferry services can be found on the Caledonian McBrayne website.
Fondest memory: Pleasant evenings with good company in THe Ship Inn at the harbour
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