Irvine

Beyond Irvine's cobbled streets and grand Victorian buildings, look for a peaceful crescent-shape harbor and fishermen's cottages huddled in solidarity against the Atlantic winds. The Scottish Maritime Museum pays homage to the town's seafaring past. Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, lived here in 1781.

POINTS OF INTEREST

Vennel Art Gallery

The gallery occupies the 18th-century cottage where poet Robert Burns lived and the shed where he learned to heckle—or dress—flax…

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Denny Tank

The size of a football field, this tank was where ship designs were tested. You can see how in demonstrations…

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Scottish Maritime Museum

On the waterfront in the coastal town of Irvine, this museum brings together ships and boats—both models and the real…

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