A great believer in exploring the off beat, non-touristy things hidden inside every city.
Published August 22nd 2015
A splash about in Scotland
There are local swimming pools and then there's Magnum. Located in Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland, it would probably be more accurate to call it a mini water park. While the beauty of the Scottish mountains and seas evoked the sublime in us (read self and hubby), our 11 year old and 7 year old made it clear that they wanted to sample the less ethereal bits of the country too ('you've seen one mountain you've seem them all' was the subtext here).
Having seen Magnum Leisure Centre advertised in the various leaflets we had see around and realising it was quite light on the pocket as well, we decided to check it out. It turned out to be a wonderful afternoon. The company basically runs the leisure centre for the North Ayrshire Council. They've really gone the extra mile too and built not just a regular swimming pool, but one with family slides, jacuzzi, lazy river and a teaching pool. While all this is indoors, there is an outdoor pool too.
The best part was the cost (of course, apart from the hassle-free parking available). For a family of 4 like ours, it cost just £7.60 (no limits on time). We spent a lazy afternoon chilling out in the heated pool, trying out the slides (ok, well, my daughters did) and finally finishing off in the hot jacuzzi. Now, for someone who lives in London, to have all this at that price was luxury indeed. I saw there were other facilities on offer too like the gym, ice rink, badminton etc. but didn't have time to check them out. It seems to be a hit with the local residents judging by their ever busy front desk.
So yes, I understand that not everyone's going to head to Scotland exclusively for this, but if you do happen to be holidaying in the area and want a break from the idyllic beauty around, try Magnum Leisure Centre.