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Location - Town: Clydebank
Location - County: West Dunbartonshire Scotland
Description/directions to location: Location maps & directions can be found on our website.
Type: Canal
Size: Large
Depth: "Snorkel"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Toilets are right next to launching area, there is a shop selling soft drinks, sandwiches, and sweets within 100 metres, tea and coffee are available from the clubhouse. Hot food is available a short walk away (about a 5 minute walk)and there is plenty of free parking at the waters edge. The ideal location.
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Website: www.clydebankmodelboatclub.co.uk
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): There are no restrictions to the type of power used electric, steam and I/C powered models are welcome. Our site We sail amidst the beautiful surroundings safety officer will advise on launching areas for your type of powered model . A safety boat is on hand to rescue stranded models.

Anything else to add?: Clydebank Model Boat Club sail amid the peace and tranquility of the beautiful surroundings at Bowling Harbour in the part of the canal next to Lock 38 with access to the River Clyde which is only a stones throw away, and enjoy a healthy relationship with the local full size boat owners.Our sailing area is always weed free.

Listed by Robert McManus, 20.05.2004

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Location - Town: Inverness
Location - County: Scotland
Description/directions to location: Whin park, Off A82 Glenurquhart Road beside canal bridge.Turn Left, Pass rugby pitches on right and you will find car park on right hand side.
Type: General boating lake
Size: Medium / Small
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Seasonal refreshments shop. all year toilets. About 50m from car park to pond side.
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club:
Website:
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): Electric or Yachts, free running or rc
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Anything else to add?: Small but interesting with two islands and a bridge onto larger one. Ducks are around most of the time on smaller island.

Listed by Jim Beattie, 26.05.2004

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Updated by Colin Stocks, 22.05.2006:

"You get tourists feeding hoards of ducks in summer and kids in rowing boats. Difficult to sail models. Some aggressive spoil sport tourists complain also".

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Location - Town: Dalbeattie
Location - County: Scotland, Dumfriesshire
Description/directions to location: 1/4 mile east of town centre in play park on South side of A711. Parking on main road, access over a bridge over a burn (small stream) about 75 yds to parking.
Type: General boating lake
Size: The pond size is a decent 77 m x 35 m and is a slightly oval shape.
Depth: I saw a seagull standing in one part and its feet were barely wet!
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: within 1/4 mile of town centre and all its amenities. Toilets in park and at Pay and display car park area visible from pond.
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club:
Website:
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): Sail / Electric Only. Limited depth in areas. Can get weedy in late summer. Bank height varies considerably so can be difficult to retrieve larger vessels at some areas.
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Anything else to add?: Good for small scale and yachts. there are two small islands which allow for some interesting navigation because of their height (lose sight of ship for 40 seconds or so) Nicely sheltered but convenient for access.

Listed by Jim Beattie, 27.05.2004. Updated by Jim 13.10.2004.

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Location - Town: Aberdeen
Location - County: Scotland - Aberdeen
Description/directions to location: Main car park situated on Riverside Drive, which is well signposted from the arterial routes in Aberdeen. Located next to the River Dee just off of the A90.
Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Catering van in main car park. Restaurant in the world renowned Winter Gardens. (Well worth a visit in their own right.) Toilets are approx 1/4 mile from pond and also at Winter Gardens about 1/3 mile. Often there are other attractions in the park over the summer months. A great family location at all times of the year.
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Website:
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): Open to all propulsion types but best suited to sail and electric scale. Very suitable for sailing as there is a soft prevailing wind. The water conditions can vary across the pond from totally ripple free to quite choppy all with the same wind.
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Anything else to add?: Excellent pond which is approximately 150M x 30M. Disabled access is very good with a raised side allowing easy access. There are substantial tables at pond side for display of your pride and joy. Sufficient benches for control /spectating. Depth can vary from 12 to 20 inches. Weed can be a little problem in late summer. Pond is drained in March.

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Listed by Jim Beattie, 07.06.2004

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Location - Town: MacDuff - Tarlair MBC
Location - County: Scotland - Aberdeenshire
Description/directions to location: Heading East out of MacDuff on A98 toward Fraserburgh, as you approach the Golf Course there is a road off to the left (seaward) which goes into a residential area, follow this road down to wards the sea, turn right along the cliff top, still going East, past the water treatment works, descend a very steep hill into a natural bay where there is parking. Park car and continue on foot through a gap in the cliff , on a tarmac road, the view opens out on Tarlair Open Air Swimming Pool (disused for swimming) and there are two pools in front of you. the club use buildings to the left.
Type: Other - more info below
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: 80% access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Disused Lido / Cafe and other buildings. A great shame as it is a great venue. Fantastic natural Amphitheatre and a veritable sun trap in summer.
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Website: http://www.jmchattie.supanet.com/
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): Depth limited (Max 2ft approx) in larger shaped pool 68Mx35M approx. Depth shown as 1M in Rectangular pool 55M x 33M approx. Both pools have a slipway.

Tarlair Open Air Swimming Pool is on the northern coast of Scotland, near Macduff, Aberdeenshire. It was first opened in the 1930's, built in Art Deco style though modified over the years. Latterly it was operated by the Banff and Buchan District Council and closed in 1996. In subsequent years there have been open air concerts and a youth forum. At present the only users are the Macduff Model Boat Club, who use the pool every Sunday and on Wednesday evenings during the summer. [Information from Aberdeenshire Council].

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Listed by Jim Beattie, 22.09.2004

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Location - Town: Edinburgh Model Boat Club
Location - County: Edinburgh, Midlothian
Description/directions to location: Inverleith Park, Edinburgh
Located between Portgower Place and East Fettes Avenue (just off the B900 Comely Bank Rd).
Parking in and pedestrian access from either of the above 2 streets.
Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Shops & restaurants 100 yds (in Raeburn Pl).
Toilets in adjacent Royal Botanic Gdns -(10 min walk)
Full disabled access to pond.
Free car parking as above (space permitting!)
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Website
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): No restrictions.
Fast electrics & IC may be asked to exercise discretion when the pond is busy.
Scale models have priority on Tues, Thurs & Sun.
Yachts have priority on Mon, Wed & Sat.
Fri open sailing.
Anything else to add?: Club members coffee evenings every Wednesday at 7.30 in nearby clubhouse.

Further information available from the club secretary:
Nigel Coates - nigle@nigle.abelalways.co.uk

Listed by Andrew Gray, 26.11.2004

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Glasgow - Queens Park

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Updated 02.11.2006:

Hi.....just a wee point on Queens Park pond.

This is the home pond of Glasgow South Model Boat Club, one of, if not the oldest club in Glasgow. Former members of this club left this club and formed another club, Glasgow Richmond at some point in the past . Im sure the current members of Glasgow South would appreciate it if you could ammend the description.

But for your records....
A very pleasant pond for scale sailing until the point where weed growth makes that impossible from time to time. Vehicular access is very restricted to the pond area, and by foot requires a walk of up to 200 mtrs or so from the two nearest points of access on Pollokshaws road.

Members are a good bunch and visitors are made very welcome.

Bill Noon
Glasgow Richmond Model Boat Club

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Glasgow - Richmond Park

Location - Town: Glasgow
Location - County: Richmond Park, Rutherglen
Description/directions to location: Situated south of the River Clyde, just off Rutherglen Road.
Type: General boating lake
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: No public facilities, project in the pipeline for new clubhouse and public facilities.
Open Public Access:
Local model boat club: yes
Website
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): IC's to have properly fitted oil trap in place & working. Steam craft to have valid test certificate.
Guests to make themselves known on club sailing days (Wed/Sun) to allow allocation of peg for frequency control.
Map
Anything else to add?: We like tugs, yachts, fishing boats, submarines....anything, if it floats yer in!

Impromptu yacht racing on the cards for this year, for anything under 3ft.

Listed by Bill Noon, 1 Feb 2006

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Updated by Eddie, 15 Feb 2010:

Location - Town: Glasgow
Location - County: Strathchclyde
Description: Glasgow Richmond is one of the premier clubs in Scotland, engaged in
promoting model boating in all it's forms, including Warship & Tugs, Yachts & Work boats F/E & Steam, as we say, if it floats, we're interested.
Clear directions to the club can be found here
Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: Heroic
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Excelllent, any closer & you would need waders to get out your car

Toilets / Shop / other facilties - please list:

A large all year round sailing pond.

A self service cafe-kitchen providing hot and cold drinks, crisps and biscuits.

Workshop space - with access to a range of hand tools and machinery.

Two large open fires - for those cold winter days sailing.

A library of model-boating books and magazines.

A Sales and Wants notice board.

Toilet (boaters only), hand-washing facilities on site.

Easy access for disabled persons, flat tarmac.

Parking at the pondside.

Free use of "lifting handles" for launching/retrieving your model.

Public Access: Open access
Local model boat club: yes
Website
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): IC's are sadly not allowed because of all the bird life, deap keeled yachts can sometimes bottom out, otherwise all types of craft can be found.
Googlemap
Anything else to add?: The club also takes part in various charity & local council events throughout the year.
Meetings are held at the boathouse in Richmond Park, Glasgow, on Wednesday & Sunday afternoons. Some members use the clubhouse on Thursday evenings for building models.

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Location - Town: Elgin
Location - County: Morayshire, Scotland
Description/directions to location: Cooper Park (west end) Take A96 through elgin at roundabout turn onto A941 North Street towards Losssiemouth , after 200 yds turn right into Lossie Wynd North and almost immediately left into CAR PARK which overlooks the pond.
Type: General boating lake
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: 80% access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Toilets in the east / centre of park. Lots for young family members to do . Bowling greens / tennis etc.
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club:
Website:
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): as is common now No I/C, water depth can drop in late summer and algae can also be a problem.

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Listed by Jim Beattie, 30.04.2005

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Region: Shetland Islands.

Place: Loch of Asta.

Type of pond: Loch.

Location: off B9074.

Access: looks like 100%. Waders needed for launching.

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Restrictions: no dogs. Stiles over fences must be used at all times.

Nearest towns: Scalloway, Veensgarth.

Local Club: Asta Model Yacht Club.

Website: http://www.amyc.shetland.co.uk/

Anything else to add: This is a model yacht club who race traditional Shetland model yachts up to 5’6” in length. Radio control, spinnakers and carbon fibre are all banned. Launchers wear waders and boats are turned by hand only, presumably by your other crew member on the opposite side of the loch. They have a clubhouse.

NB (1) their website was last updated in 2003 so I hope they are still going.

NB (2) I have come across no indications that this is a ‘private’ loch so I assume as long as you behave sensibly and respect property you should be able to sail.

NB (3) As the club are ‘free sailers’ I also jump to the conclusion that there is 100% shore access with no cliffs, swamps, islands or rivers. One rule of free sailing is that if there is anywhere your boat can get stuck, it will.

Listed by Andy Tribble, 15.04.2005

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Location - Town: Largs
Location - County: North Ayrshire, Scotland
Description/directions to location: On the A78 heading North along the Esplanade in Largs, towards Greenock, you will pass the RNLI Lifeboat station on the promenade. Take the next on the left into Auberey Crescent (this is a No through road) follow the Crescent to the end where the Auberey Boating pond will be found on your right.
Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Public Toilets are at the rear of the clubhouse. In the clubhouse tea and coffee is available when the club is present. Nearest hotel is the Queens Hotel on the A78 opposite Auberey Crescent. Largs is a bustling holiday town which has many attractions to entertain visitors.
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Website: http://www.bruernish.co.uk/largsmbc/
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): There are wildlife on the pond so I would suspect no I/C. Three islands would restrict larger F/E from running but suitable for club 500 races.
Multimap:
Anything else to add?: A delightful pond with open views onto the Firth of Clyde and the islands of Cumbrae, Bute and Arran in the distance. Plenty of on the water activity which can be enjoyed from many vantage points around the pond. A well equipped children's play area is within sight for those with young children accompanying them to pond.

Listed by Jim Beattie, 13.08.2005

Largs - Lost Pond:

Trevor Smith reports that "A Scottish member of the VMYG informs me that this pond is disused and sent me photos indicating that it has been drained and the concrete bottom is being used for football and basketball pitches". [04.04.2006]

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Location - Town: STRATHAVEN
Location - County: SOUTH LANARKSHIRE
Description/directions to location: Public Park in Strathaven approx 7 miles from East Kilbride and Hamilton. East Kilbride Ship Model Club sail here on Wednesday Evening from 6.30pm May to September. Visitors are welcome.
Type: General boating lake
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilties - please list: Toilets next to pond
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Website:
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc):

Listed by Ian Gilmour [23.07.2006]

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Location - Town: Edinburgh - Lochrin Basin

Location - County: Midlothian
Description/directions to location: Off Lower Gilmore Place in the Tollcross District beside Leamington Lift Bridge.
Type: Canal
Size: Heroic
Depth: "Snorkel"
Shoreline access: 80% access
Toilets / Shop / other facilties - please list: Cafes, bars and restaurants surrounding the terminal basin only a 10 min walk. Princes Street shops a further 10 mins away
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Website: www.edinburghmodelboatclub.org
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): No IC or fast electric due to adjacent housing and British Waterways rules
Anything else to add?: This is the alternate sailing venue for EMBC on Sundays from 11.00am. Free on street parking on Sundays. See our website Forum for full directions, maps and photographs. It's a great place to sail - thanks to British Waterways for their help and encouragement.

Listed by Andrew J Gray (EMBC Treasurer) [07.09.2006]

Updated 17.07.2008

Edinburgh Model Boat Club were only given permission to sail at Lochrin Basin temporarily while Inverleith pond was being repaired in 2006 (ie. we no longer sail at Lochrin). Normal British Waterways restrictions are in force which means permission must be sought in advance or you'll probably be chased by the Warden that mans the lifting bridge (24hr) !

Nigel Coates
Secretary
Edinburgh Model Boat Club

President
Scottish Federation of Model Boat Clubs

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Location - Town: Lochore Meadows Country Park

Location - County: Fife
Description/directions to location: Open Lake with excellent access.
Lochore Meadows is between Dunfermine and Kirkcaldy
Turn north of the A92 to Lochgelly. Straight across the first roundabout.
Left at the next roundabout
Right at the next mini roundabout.
Left at the next mini roundabout into the park. The lake is to the left of the centre.
Type: General boating lake
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Snorkel"
Shoreline access: 80% access
Toilets / Shop / other facilties - please list: Lochore Country Park Centre has toilets, changing rooms, cafe and rooms for hire.
Open Public Access: Open access
Local model boat club: yes
Website
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): No fast model boats including IC & electric

Listed by J M Sadler [11.12.2006]

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Hi, Just had a wee look at your Model Boats lakes site which was very informative. I do have two model yachts which I have sailed on Loch lomond, a Victoria and a RC Laser. There are a few places suitable on Loch Lomond to sail a model RC yacht but unless you have access to a boat I would only sail when the wind is blowing on shore. I sail at the shore around from Lomond - shores as shown on the pictures which is fine for westerly winds. I use a pole to lift the boat from the water but waders or wellies are fine. At balloch park there is an ideal spot at the jetty but again on onshore winds. Can I mention Rhu Marina where Rhu RC Lasers race at the private marina but a nice place to race RC Lasers.

Thanks for setting up your pages which I enjoyed
Regards Eddie MacKinnon

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Hi Eddie

Many thanks for your excellent contribution and kind words about the site. Mark, www.modelboatlakes.co.nr

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Location - Town: Loch Lomond Balloch
Location - County: Dumbartonshire
Description/directions to location: BALLOCH - DRUMKINNON BAY Loch Lomond
Access to DRUMKINNON BAY is made from Balloch Road on the west side of the River and is located next to the "Maid of the Loch" Paddle Steamer".
The building next to the slip is the new headquarters of the water borne rangers
Make your way to the shore at DRUMKINNON BAY by way of Lomond Shores pathway

Type: Other - more info below
Size: Super Heroic
Depth: "Snorkel"
Shoreline access: Limited
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: At slipway and at Lomond Shores a good day out for all as lots to do if not sailing
Open Public Access: Open access
Local model boat club:
Website:
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): Noise and speed may be problem you will need wellies or wadders to launch your boat and best to sail with onshore winds
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Anything else to add?: Google ariel shot

Please beware this is not your Local boating pond sail only in onshore winds and if you are a non swimmer use a buoyancy Aid
This is only one of many places to sail your model boat in Loch Lomond

Listed by Eddie MacKinnon [20.01.2008]

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Location - Town: Paisley
Location - County: Renfrewshire
Description/directions to location: Directions:
From Glasgow, follow M8 towards the west. Come off at junction 27 and go back over the motorway towards Renfrew. At the roundabout on the north side of the motorway, take the 2nd exit (sign posted M8 Glasgow) but go straight on before the right hand bend onto the motorway proper. Follow this road (Arkleston Road) back over the motorway and up the hill until a T junction is reached. Turn right and continue until a roundabout is reached. Go left on over the railway line through two mini roundabouts and watching for Paisley Model Shop on left, left at traffic lights go through an entrance into Barshaw Park two hundred yards on left.

OS Grid reference: 250020, 664300
Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilties - please list: toilets and coffee shop at entrance and car park park has various attractions including children's zoo
Open Public Access: Open access
Local model boat club: yes
Website
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): not sure but would think ic and fast electric may be a problem
Paisley Yacht club sails wednesdays and sundays
they sail IOM and R6M
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Listed by Eddie MacKinnon [23.01.2008]

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Location - Town: Ayr
Location - County: South Ayrshire
Description/directions to location: Newton Park also known as Northfield Park located between Ayr and Prestwick See Ayr Model Boat Club Website for full directions
Type: General boating lake
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilties - please list: Clubhouse with Toilet/catering facilities non members welcome
Open Public Access: Open access
Local model boat club: yes
Website: www.ayrmodelboatclub.org
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): No I.C. Electric and sail only
Multimap: See AMBC Web site
Anything else to add?: Club is well worth a visit see web for contact details

Listed by Jim Miller [13.02.2010]

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I usually sail my Seawind at Linlithgow Loch in West Lothian as I live nearby in Bo’ness.

In the town of Falkirk in Central Scotland there is a new park open to the public called the Helix Project. Within this park is a lake they refer to as the Lagoon for the use of water sports and is an ideal location for model boating. I have contacted Falkirk Council regarding it being used for model boats and they are very interested in this as the whole idea of the Helix is that it is a community project and they would like to be used for a variety of activities.

Visit this link to find out more about The Helix:

http://www.thehelix.co.uk/

A contact for this is Grant MacKenzie who is the team leader of The Helix project and his work contact number is 01324 590970.

Hope this of use to you.

Mr A Ivanov
02/10/2013

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Location - Town: Irvine


Location - County: Scotland, UK
Description/directions to location:

By road: use Postcode KA12 8QE for satellite navigation systems; or follow route to Irvine from Glasgow M77-A77-A71 -A737- Marine Drive-Harbour Road parking is free
By rail: The museum is located only five minutes from Irvine Railway Station on the Glasgow-Ayr Line on to Montgomery Street, left OD to Gottries Road.

Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: Medium / Small
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilties - please list: cafe, Shop, Toilets.
Indoor pond also available by paying a small admission charge th the Scottish Maritime Museum.
Open Public Access: Open access when park open
Local model boat club: yes
Website: www.scottishmaritimemuseum.org
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): Just please be mind full of other users
Google Map
Anything else to add?: The Maritime Museum and Shopping Centre is close by, along with several more cafes, restaurants, takeaways, ice-cream parlor and individual shops.
The area is rich in heritage with a harbour and long beach.
Listed by Christopher Woodland [10.Dec.2015]

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