Greenock & Gourock

[Greenock suburbs from Lyle Hill, Arrochar Alps beyond]

Greenock and Gourock are sizeable towns on the Firth of Clyde, historically major port and popular seaside resort respectively. Both these roles have declined in recent decades, although ferries still link the towns to Dunoon and Kilcreggan across the water. Today, what sets these settlements apart from other towns of a similar size are their views: beautiful from the coast road, and simply stunning from the upper suburbs set on steep north-facing slopes. Lyle Hill provides the most panoramic view, encompassing Cowal and Dunoon, the Rosneath Peninsula and the high hills of Argyll. Newark Castle is just along the coast at Port Glasgow.

[Victoria Tower, Greenock (August 2015)]

Name: Gourock ☆☆☆
Description: Seaside resort and gateway to Cowal via frequent ferries from the central pier.
Location (main pier)G.R.: NS 244778 / scuba overdrive koala

Name: Greenock ☆☆☆
Description: Inverclyde's capital, with good shopping and the impressive, central Victoria Tower, illuminated at night.
Location (centre): G.R.: NS 277764 / shark gentle shapes

Name: Lyle Hill viewpoint ★☆☆
Description: Superb viewpoint with an anchor-shaped war memorial to the Free French forces overlooking the Firth of Clyde.
Location: Lyle Road, between Greenock and Gourock, G.R.: NS 256772 / tall event tradition

[Gourock from Lyle Hill at sunset, Cowal beyond]

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