Irvine Travel Guide

  • The puffer Spartan, built in 1942
    The puffer Spartan, built in 1942
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  • The 176-foot City of Adelaide
    The 176-foot City of Adelaide
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  • The vast brick-built steel-framed Engine Shop
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Irvine Things to Do

  • Scottish Maritime Museum

    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...

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  • maritime museum

    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...

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  • The Gailes Restaurant And Hotel

    Marine Drive, Strathclyde, Irvine, North Ayrshire, KA11 5AE, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Kidron House Hotel

    122 Main Street, Dreghorn, Irvine, KA11 4EE, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Menzies Irvine

    46 Annick St., (formerly Thistle Irvine), Irvine, North Ayrshire, KA11 4LD, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Irvine Restaurants

  • Ideal for a snack meal

    Cafe Cafe, situated at 158, High Street, Irvine, is the ideal town centre place for a mid morning or afternoon tea or coffee. It also serves light meals, including cooked breakfasts, burgers etc.The food is excellent and very reasonably priced. The traditional burger

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  • The Ship Inn is a must for anyone...

    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...

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  • A One off Experience

    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...

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Irvine Nightlife

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    by iaint Updated Feb 12, 2010

    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.

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Irvine Transportation

  • get a zone card or family travel ticket

    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...

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  • Driving On The Left Side

    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.

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Irvine Warnings and Dangers

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    by tanneddarling Written May 16, 2007

    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

    the cross town plan the rivergate centre view of river from the mall

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Irvine Tourist Traps

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    by tanneddarling Updated May 16, 2007

    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!

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Irvine Off The Beaten Path

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    by tanneddarling Written May 16, 2007

    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.

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    • School Holidays

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Irvine Sports & Outdoors

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    by iaint Written Oct 8, 2007

    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!

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Irvine Favorites

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    by Tommo5226 Written Jan 30, 2008

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    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

    Grandson Harry astride the A peaceful sunset on the River Irvine

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