Greenock, the ‘sunny place’ on the Port’s doorstep
Passengers preferring to explore the local area can sample the town of Greenock just a five minute walk away from the Terminal, with its spectacular views over the River Clyde from The Esplanade. The viewpoint at Lyle Hill boasts vistas of Loch Long, Holy Loch, Loch Goil, Gareloch, the Argyll Hills and a number of Munros on a clear day.
The town was originally built on herring fishing which developed the shipbuilding industry bringing prosperity to the region in the 19th and 20th centuries. This is evident in the many examples of fine Victorian architecture such as the Municipal Buildings, Sheriff Court, Custom House and the McLean Museum which is most certainly worth a visit to learn more about the fascinating history of Greenock and the local area.
James Watt (1736-1819), the famous Scottish Inventor and mechanical engineer is one of Greenock’s most celebrated sons. He developed the concept of horsepower and the unit of power, the “watt”, was named after him. James Watt is commemorated in Greenock by a college, library, pub and street.
The 21stcentury has seen a £400m regeneration of the Greenock waterfront where the shipyards were originally located, with exciting projects including residential and commercial ventures, a marina and theatre.
For passengers wishing a spot of handy shopping, Greenock boasts a pedestrianised indoor shopping mall, the Oak Mall, with many high street names, while West Blackhall Street features a host of independent traders. Nearby towns of Gourock and Kilmacolm are home to many small specialist shops.
Full information on local attractions is available from the Inverclyde Tourist Group Information Area in the Terminal Building.