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    Garnock Connections

    Connecting people and places within the Landscape





Building Communities by building boats

The Scottish Boatbuilding School, part of the Scottish Maritime Museum, have worked with community groups and volunteers to build two St Ayles skiffs for use by communities within the Garnock Connections area. These community boats will be used on Kilbirnie Loch and at Coastal rowing competitions throughout Scotland!

This project helps keep alive some of the traditional boat building skills that have played such an important role in the history of our area. 

The completed boats also provide an unusual way to experience the landscape and wildlife of Garnock Connections.

Thanks to lots of hardwork by our boat building volunteers the two skiffs, Garnock and Avocet, have now launched and are ready for use. If you're interested in getting involved with a new coastal rowing club, or just fancy trying your hand at rowing one of our skiffs then contact Alyson for more details.



Outputs achieved

2 community boats built

14 people trained in traditional boat building skills

2 events run

Did you know?

The Skiffs are primarily made out of 8ft by 4ft sheets of marine ply.

Project Location

Get Involved

If you would like to try rowing one of the skiffs, why not join one of Irvine Coastal Rowing Club's rowing sessions? The club is out on the water every Wednesday evening (weather permitting). Get in touch with them via their social media page!

Contact Details

David Mann

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01294 278 283

Scottish Maritime Museum,
Gottries Road, Irvine

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