This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with access needs, but aims to describe accurately the facilities and services that we offer all our guests/visitors.
Access Statement for Maggie Law Maritime Museum, Gourdon
This Access statement has been written in the context and spirit of the Equality Act 2010, and reflects the principles of equality, diversity and “reasonable adjustment” to provide the widest possible access arrangements for a visitor attraction, for people with a wide range of special physical and sensory needs.
This is our commitment to you, in our desire to provide you with a truly memorable visitor experience, tailored to meet your personal requirements.
Situated in the picturesque fishing village of Gourdon in Kincardineshire, the Maritime Museum is the home of the famous surf boat the Maggie Law, built by subscription by the fishermen of Gourdon in 1890 and in 40 years of service saved 36 lives.
Gourdon is a fishing village with a working harbour, where lobster, crab, prawns and scallops are landed and processed on a daily basis. These processing businesses are clustered round the pleasant harbour, adjacent to the old harbour built to a design by Thomas Telford, and also boasts the friendly and welcoming Harbour Bar, and the Quayside fish restaurant.
The Museum is based on two floors, with an external staircase to the upper floor. The Museum houses an amazing range of maritime exhibits and maritime history in a small space, with Gourdon connections to the Cutty Sark and the Titanic.
The Museum has been designed to be disability friendly, with seating, audio visual tour guide facilities, an audio descriptive Armchair Tour, braille signage, and mobility scooters to enable visitors to maximise their visit to the Museum and the lower village and harbour area.
Dame Anne Begg MP is the Honorary President of the Maggie Law Committee, a voluntary not for profit organisation.
We look forward to welcoming you. If you have any queries or require any assistance please phone 01561 361855 or email Secretary@maggielaw.co.uk.
- For full details and maps of how to reach us please see the directions section of our website.
- The closest rail links for Gourdon are at Montrose (south) and Stonehaven (north) with regular bus services to Gourdon from each station.
- Taxis are available from each station, with Stonehaven station being the closest to the Museum. There are also taxi services available in Gourdon and in Inverbervie (approx. 2 miles away)
- The X7 bus service (Aberdeen - Perth) serves Gourdon, but passengers arrive and depart from the main road, at the Maggie Law Museum brown tourist signs on the A92, and there is approximately a 20 minute walk downhill to the Museum, with the difficulty of a steep uphill brae on the return journey.
- The other local transport (Stonehaven - Montrose) takes you right into the village, with a bus stop adjacent to the Museum, which has both shelter and supported seating for waiting passengers.
- Please see local transport (Stagecoach) bus and coach providers for winter and summer timetables.
Car Parking and Arrival
- The Museum is situated in William Street, Gourdon, beside the old slipway called the "Gutty," with a designated disabled parking space across from the Museum. (Approx. 9 yards from the Museum entrance.)
- Alternatively, if a person has severely restricted mobility, the car can be parked immediately at the Museum entrance, within a safe barrier area provided for wheelchair or other transfer.
- Alternatively, this area can be used as a drop - off point, with on - street parking available around the Museum and old harbour.
- Two mobility scooters are available to maximise your visit, with a smaller version for local travel around the harbour and lower village area, and bar and restaurant and fish shop.
- A more rugged version which can traverse the coastal trail to Inverbervie and return is also available.
- Accessible toilet facilities, coffee shops, bars and shops are available in Inverbervie, and this round trip by mobility scooter, will take approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.
- No charge is made for the use of the scooters, but a donation would be appreciated to help offset maintenance and Health and Safety costs.(Voluntary charitable organisation)
- Even if a visitor is unfamiliar with the use of the scooters, staff guidance, instruction and trials are provided in a safe barrier area at the entrance to the Museum.
- If visitors would like to use this facility, it is best to phone in advance, (01561 - 361855) so that the scooters are available on arrival, thereby avoiding delay.
Main Entrance, Reception and Ticketing Area
- The main entrance is easily and freely accessible from street level to entrance, with wheelchair and mobility scooter access to the inner entrance of the Museum.
- The floor surface is of smooth concrete, and an armchair is provided just inside the doorway.
- If you are unable to fully access the ground floor, or upper area due to the external stairs, an audio descriptive, audio visual Armchair Tour is available with subtitles, and large print and Braille welcome boards are available on entrance.
- A tactile board is also available with Braille lettering, to describe the layout and location of the Maggie Law lifeboat within the Museum.
- Reading aids of various magnifications (Sponsored by Specsavers, Stonehaven) are provided at reception and throughout the Museum.
- 12 different language welcome boards are available on entry, as part of our commitment to diversity, and to try to welcome people in their first language.
- Audio boxes with headphones are placed throughout the Museum, providing information if you have any form of visual impairment.
- The visitor's book for signing and feedback, along with donations boxes and merchandise displays, are all at accessible levels of reach. Notepads and pens are available on the reception desk if required.
Attraction (displays, exhibits, rides etc.)
- All exhibits, notice boards, and information boards, are provided in large text, illustrating the wide range of maritime artefacts and models, with maximum use made of colourful, bold print interpretive panels on both Lower and Upper Decks
- There are some interactive exhibits, games and activities for children and adults, with powerful telescopes to capture the views out to the North Sea.
- A specialist maritime reference library is available within the Upper Deck of the Museum, along with a range of maritime archive albums about fishing, village life, lifeboats, coastguards, and other aspects celebrating the rich maritime heritage of Gourdon and Kincardineshire.
- A computerised Education Suite connects you to all the Maritime Museums in Scotland, and to the Titanic, Cutty Sark and Grace Darling websites as well.
- A hand held audio Tour Guide is available with an audio descriptive script, which enables you to enjoy the Museum at your own pace.
- A warm welcome and short introduction to the Museum by staff volunteers, enables us to assess how best to help you make the most of your visit to the Museum and to Gourdon village.
- Unfortunately there are no public toilet facilities within the Museum, or in the immediate vicinity, given the nature and history of the building.
- The public toilets in Gourdon (which are wheelchair accessible in layout) are situated on Brae Road as you enter the village, and are a substantial distance from the Museum, and would involve a steep uphill journey on foot. Parking is available at the roadside, adjacent to the toilets. (Unfortunately, for the moment these are closed)
- The quayside businesses which are situated close to the Museum have toilet facilities for customers only.
- The customer toilets for the Harbour Bar are accessible in layout for wheelchair users, and have clear and direct level access from the car park.
- The Museum is an approved Positive about Disabled People Employer (Double tick symbol) monitored and reviewed annually by Job Centre Plus, Montrose, in relation to volunteer recruitment, and support. (Review and approved centre notice on public display)
- Evacuation procedures and assembly point instructions are displayed at the entrance to the Museum, and all staff are aware of procedures, and visitor responsibilities.
- Public liability insurance notices are clearly displayed on entering the Museum, and Health and Safety checklists are carried out at the opening and closure of every visitor session.
- A Health and Safety Accident and Incident book, is provided in the Museum for recording purposes.
- All trained assistance dogs are welcome, and a tethering post for family pets is provided at the entrance.
- A bowl of fresh drinking water for pets is supplied at the door of the Museum for every opening session.
- Only trained assistance dogs, have unlimited access to the Museum.
- Prior contact with the Museum in advance of a planned visit will assist us to assist you, in maximising our visitor attraction for your comfort and satisfaction. E – mail Secretary.firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01561 – 361855,
- A new Family History and Fishing Boat Registration Archive will be available on the website.
- New archive books will provide easier access to maritime heritage topics
- New Memorial wall in the Museum will provide a community record of those who lost their lives at sea.
Address (Inc postcode):
The Maggie Law Maritime Museum William Street Gourdon DD10 0LW
01561 - 361855
Hours Of Operation:
April - September: Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Sunday afternoons 1.00 - 4.30. October - March: Saturday, Sunday 1.00 - 4.30, or by appointment.
Local Equipment Hire:
Able Care, Aberdeen
Local Accessible Taxi:
Dunnottar Taxis, Stonehaven A + I Taxis, Stonehaven
Local Public Transport:
Stagecoach, Aberdeen First Bus, Aberdeen M.W. Nicol, Laurencekirk