Lyle Hill viewpoint

A high level road around the back of the suburbs of Greenock and Gourock provides fantastic views across the Firth of Clyde to the south-west Highlands. The hill, named after Abram Lyle of sugar fame, is crowned with a whitewashed memorial. This takes the form of an anchor combined with the Cross of Lorraine, remembering the WWII efforts of the Free French forces. Sunset views are spectacular; squint a little bit and Gourock looks almost as alluring as Oban in the evening sun.

Name: Lyle Hill viewpoint ★★★☆☆
Location: Lyle Road, between Greenock and Gourock, G.R.: NS 256772 ///tall.event.tradition


Greenock is a sizeable town on the Firth Clyde and the capital of the Inverclyde region. Historically a shipbuilding hub and major port for inbound fish, sugar, rum and wine, it still boasts a large container terminal and boat building continues at nearby Port Glasgow. Industrial towns often don't make the best tourist destinations, but while Greenock's unlikely to make the cover page of many tourist brochures, it actually has a sizeable collection of grand buildings in the spots which escaped WWII bombing - the Italianate Victoria Tower is the highlight, crowning the town hall. Inverclyde council promotes three town walking tours (info below) which are all of interest, and there are two central museums and decent everyday shopping. Views across the Clyde are good from the coast road, and stunning from the viewpoint on Lyle Hill, encompassing the nearby (and less interesting) seaside resort of Gourock, the Rosneath Peninsula, Cowal and the high hills of Argyll.

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Walk: A Fairlie good Glen

A couple of miles short of the town Largs, the railway line along the Ayrshire coast plunges into a long tunnel under the steep ground of Fairlie village. Head uphill from the tunnel entrance (there's plenty of parking and a railway station nearby) and you can follow the verdant folds of Fairlie Glen to the local castle: ruined but undergoing extensive restoration at the time of writing. Despite the ugly groundworks and scaffolding, you can see the original owners chose well when selecting a defensive site. To the north are uninterrupted views over the lower slopes of the Whatside Hills, while to the south the burn runs through a series of constricted canyons with dozens of waterfalls, preventing unwanted access from this side. Several picturesque cascades are safely visible for today's explorers without getting onto risky ground, with the most impressive, upper fall reached by a low-risk but muddy scramble up a vegetated crag.

Name: Walk: A Fairlie good Glen ★★★☆☆
Length: 2 km…