Inverclyde | Town | ★★

[Customhouse Place and the, err, Custom House, Greenock]

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 decent 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 reasonable 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.

[View over Gourock from Lyle Hill]

Location & info

📌 Greenock ★★
Inverclyde, G.R.: NS 277764 ///shark.gentle.shapes

🚶 The main shopping streets, waterfront and town museums are all quite close to each other. Lyle Hill and our Greenock Cut walk both start about a mile away, uphill. Walking tour leaflets: Greenock Town Trail here; Statues Trail here; Church Trail here.
🚢🚆🚌 Greenock is served by trains on the Glasgow to Gourock line, and there are numerous local and regional buses from settlements including Glasgow, Gourock and Largs. Ferries for Dunoon in Argyll depart from Gourock: a couple of miles away and accessible by train or bus.
🚗 Some car parking around the shopping district has a charge.

See & do (<1 mi away)

>> McLean Museum (not yet featured)
>> Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Museum and Heritage Centre ★★★

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Walk: Greenock: a Cut above ★★★ (1 mi ↓)
>> Lyle Hill viewpoint ★★★ (1 mi ←)

[The twin towers of the Town Hall (left) & Wellpark Mid Kirk (right)]

[Greenock Cut walk (4/2/18)]

[Scottish Fire & Rescue Museum (11/3/18)]

[Wellpark Mid Kirk]

[Town Hall & Cathcart Square]

[Town Hall & Men of the Clyde statue] 

[Dutch Gable House]

[James Watt statue - Greenock's most famous son]

[Custom House]

[The Beacon, Customhouse Quay]

[Leisure centre]

[Prospect / Trust statue]

[Redeveloped waterfront at Customhouse Quay]

[View up the Clyde from Customhouse Quay]

[Ginger the Horse statue]

[James Watt Wetherspoons pub]

[Fountain in Well Park]

[War Memorial, Well Park]

[Old sugar refinery]

[Former St Columba's Gaelic Church]

[The Mount Kirk]

[Orangefield Baptist Church]

[Sheriff Court]

[Greenock West United Reformed Church]

[St John's Episcopal Church]

[Tontine Hotel]

[Lyle Kirk, Union Street]

[Lyle Kirk, Esplanade]

[View from the esplanade]

[Newark Castle is a few miles to the east (13/8/15)]


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