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.
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