Plain Sailing

Our Guide to Kip Marina

Kip Marina

Kip holds a huge marina, sitting at 600 water berths and 150 dry berths all serviced with fresh water and electricity. Kip marina has two hoists, a 50 ton for larger boast and a 25 ton for smaller craft and masts. Fuel is available from reception 24 hours a day along with free wi-fi across the marina. It comes equipped with all laundry services as well as showers and toilets for private berth holders. The service is excellent and offers a host of craftsmen too.


Inverkip is a moderately sized town that comes with an exciting history backing it. The town was allegedly infamous as a centre for witches! In the 1600’s, dozens of women were burnt and accused of witchcraft. A local landowner, Alexander Dunrod, was even accused of being a warlock with witches under his employment! Local poetry even claims that the last of the Lindsay family, who lived in Dunrod Castle, was in league with the devil and he died in mysterious circumstances.

The railway changed Inverkip from a sleepy village to a resort almost overnight and the Inverkip power station, finished in 1979, was only ever used once although it no longer stands as it was demolished in 2013. Overall, the town is gentle and easy on the eyes. With beautiful views over the bay and the smaller town of Kip near to the marina, there’s always more to see.

Things to see and do

The town is mostly a residential town, but good for travelling to local towns such as Greenock and Largs. Apart from that, Lunderston Bay is an extremely popular picnic spot due to the beautiful views it offers offer the water, especially on a sunny day. Ardgowan House stands just outside the town and occasionally has open days. The ruins of Ardgowan Castle can also be found in the gardens and is worth a day trip to for some local history.

Loch Thom sits a few miles up from the village and was considered as an engineering marvel in it’s day. This site is great for a picnic, walk around the loch and some fun.  The church in the middle of Inverkip is the oldest building in town, standing at around 830 years old, although it has been rebuilt since then.

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Eating and Drinking

As far as food goes, the one stop place in Inverkip is the Inverkip Hotel/Restaurant. Considered a ‘hidden gem’ by many visitors, the hotel offers excellent food and a great atmosphere. The chef is inventive and the menu reflects that, but in a way that will make your mouth water. Aside from the Hotel, there are two cafes down by the marina that offer a great lunch and teabreak, alongside beautiful views over the bay and marina.

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Where to Sail

A weekends sailing out of Inverkip (Kip) gives you the opportunity to play in the upper Clyde or head south to Bute.  

Day 1 - Head south, to Rothesay or Port Bannantyne on the Isle of Bute, where pontoon berths or moorings are available and anchorages easy to find, and spend the night enjoying an evening ashore there.  

Day 2 - On the Saturday, a sail up through the Kyles of Bute, either a short tack or a nice run (or most likely both) will give an exhilarating sail in water deep enough to let you touch the sides in places and bring you to the entrance to Loch Fyne. From here you can choose to head into the loch to Tarbert for a real bustling and beautiful Scottish fishing village, or head down to Loch Ranza on Arran and pick up a mooring bouy for the night. South easterly winds are strong in Loch Ranza due to katabatics off the mountains but holding is good and there are visitors moorings. Row your dinghy ashore to visit the castle at the end of the loch, BBQ on the beach or visit the pub to sample local whisky from the Arran Distillery.         

Day 3 - Sunday is then a long day all way back to Inverkip, around the bottom of Bute to say you circumnavigated it or if you enjoyed threading the gap at the Burnt Isles retracing your steps through the Kyles of Bute. 

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Marina Details

Address: The Yacht Harbour, Inverkip, PA16 OAS
Long / Latitude: N 55° 54' 31" W -4° 52' 41"
Telephone: 01475 521485
Fax: 01475 521298
VHF: Channel 80
Walk-ashore berths: 600
Rates: £2.25/m

Bottled gas, Chandler, Disabled facilities, Electrical supply, Electrical repairs, Engine repairs, First aid, Fresh water, Fuel: Diesel, Fuel: Petrol, Hardstanding / Boatyard, Internet café, Laundry facilities, Lift-out facilities, Parking, Pub / Restaurant, Rigging service, Sail repairs, Shipwright, Shop / Supermarket, Showers, Slipway, Toilets, Telephone, Trolleys, Visitors berths, Wi Fi

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Getting to the Marina

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By Air

The closest airport to Inverkip is Glasgow International. From there, it is only an hour long train or a 40 minute car journey to Inverkip in the West.  Clyde Cabs (01475520925) might be your best bet if you fancy getting a taxi.

By Train

Direct trains run to Glasgow and take around an hour, coming once an hour (Check for specific times and prices). 

By Bus

The 901 from Glasgow runs to Largs through Inverkip and is around a 45 minute journey. Coaches are available but times and prices will need to be checked online.

By Car

By car, it is a 50 minute drive from Glasgow in the East via the M8 or an hour via the A8, in case the M8 traffic is bad.

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