Gourock on Firth of Clyde: A seaside town with many facilties, panoramic views and a ferry connection.

                     (Above image is a capture of Gourock looking north with Firth of Clyde.)

This afternoon, I am posting information on the town of Gourock (pop 11,500) which is located on the south bank of the River Clyde, about 26 miles  (42  km) west of Glasgow, Scotland.

Summary facts and information as follows:-
  • The name is a phonetic version of the Gaelic word guireag which means ‘a pimple’ in turn referring to the rounded hill behind Gourock.
  • A linear village existed in the 1600s at which time fishing was important.
  • Location is strategic, at the confluence of Gare Loch and Loch Long with the River Clyde. Opposite Gourock are popular destinations of Helensburgh, Kilcreggan and Dunoon. Gourock was and remains a base for ferry transport.There is a direct ferry link across the Clyde from Gourock to Dunoon.
  • Gourock is essentially residential. Housing grew after the arrival of the railway in 1889.
  • Administrative area is Inverclyde.
  • Church: Old Gourock and Ashton Parish Church (Presbyterian)
  • Museum: McLean Museum & Art Gallery.
  • Transport:The town is served by rail, bus and ferries.
  • Excellent views can be obtained from atop Tower Hill. Image above was taken from this vantage point.
  • Sailing: Royal Gourock Yacht Club.
  • Golf: Gourock Golf Club
  • There are hotels and other facilities consistent with a popular seaside town. These include an outdoor swimming pool.

Kempock Place, Gourock

Cove Road, Gourock

Tower on Tower Hill

Firth of Clyde from Tower Hill


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