Welcome to Scotland’s maritime heart, Greenock and the Inverclyde area flanking the Firth of Clyde is rich in maritime and shipbuilding heritage, explored in-depth in Greenock’s Custom House Museum. Today the town is a departure point for cruise liners and the perfect base for exploring both the Inverclyde and Glasgow areas, with a funky waterfront and a plentiful choice of accommodation and amenities.
Inverclyde’s boom in shipbuilding during the industrial revolution ran parallel with is rapid construction of spectacular civic architecture. You’ll find Victorian architectural gems galore in Greenock centre including the magnificent town hall with Victoria Tower.
Essential visiting is The McLean Museum and Art Gallery with a superb art collection, particularly for Scottish art, with work by the Inverclyde Group, the Scottish Colourists and the Glasgow Boys all on show here. The museum also holds one of the most extensive archives and personal memorabilia collections of Greenock’s famous son, the great Scottish engineer and inventor James Watt.
Head down to Greenock’s chic waterfront and discover new bars, cafes, fitness centres and more in an area which has seen much development in recent times and sits a mere 30 minutes from Glasgow centre via the M8 or excellent rail and bus links. Pick up regular ferry services from McInroy’s Point at nearby Gourock across to Victorian seaside resort Dunoon on Argyll. Other local ferry services include the Weymess Bay service across to Rothesay and the Gourock ferry service to Kilcreggan with a mere 15 minute crossing time.
You’ll find a wealth of outdoor and family activities in the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park just inland from the Inverclyde coast and accommodation in the area caters for all, be it a family holiday park in Weymess Bay or a modern conference hotel around Greenock. Stay on the Inverclyde coast, the perfect area for exploring the Argylls by boat, and conveniently close to Glasgow city centre and Airport. Book Greenock accommodation online now.