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Greenock, Scotland

Greenock is a town in Inverclyde, Scotland.

The town is situated at the mouth of the River Clyde in the picturesque area of Inverclyde.

Climate

Greenock's climate is temperate maritime having mainly cool summers but with relatively mild winters. Its location means that the heat retentive properties of seawater help keep winter temperatures higher. Additionally, the effect of the Gulf Stream on the Clyde helps Greenock's average temperature stay approximately one degree above that of eastern coastal towns on the same latitude. Indeed, Greenock's latitude (55.94 degrees north with a longitude of 4.75 degrees west) places it at the same latitude as the Moscow area. The warming effect of the Gulf Stream, however, keeps the winter weather in Greenock much milder than that of Moscow.

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Greenock, Scotland

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Greenock is a town in Inverclyde, Scotland.

The town is situated at the mouth of the River Clyde in the picturesque area of Inverclyde.

Climate

Greenock's climate is temperate maritime having mainly cool summers but with relatively mild winters. Its location means that the heat retentive properties of seawater help keep winter temperatures higher. Additionally, the effect of the Gulf Stream on the Clyde helps Greenock's average temperature stay approximately one degree above that of eastern coastal towns on the same latitude. Indeed, Greenock's latitude (55.94 degrees north with a longitude of 4.75 degrees west) places it at the same latitude as the Moscow area. The warming effect of the Gulf Stream, however, keeps the winter weather in Greenock much milder than that of Moscow.

Greenock anecdotally has the reputation for having higher than average rainfall (the song The Green Oak Tree comments on this) but this is not statistically true; northwest of Fort William has the highest average rainfall in Scotland. Greenock's location gives long hours of daylight in midsummer with the opposite true in midwinter. On the longest day, 21 June, the sun rises at 04:31 and sets at 22:07. In midwinter, 21 December, the sun rises at 08:46 and sets at 15:44.


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Greenock, Scotland: Port Information


Greenock is a popular cruise port, which welcomes cruise liners of all sizes.
It lies in a 35-minute ride from Glasgow.
The cruise terminal has great facilities including shops, visitor information, and Internet access.
It'll take you just 5 minutes to get to the town on foot.

Get around Greenock, Scotland


Greenock is not a huge town, so it is fairly easy to get around the place on foot. However, if you wish to wander around in the hills above the town to take advantage of the spectacular view of the mountains across the Clyde, then using a car to get to those places wouldn't be a bad idea. Taxis are available all over Greenock and are really cheap.
The roads in Greenock are pretty easy to find your way around on, but you should definitely bring a street map. Also, watch out as the very center of the town is governed by a quite awkward one-way system.
The locals are friendly (despite what you may have heard) and will gladly point you in the right direction.

What to see in Greenock, Scotland


There are many things to see and do in Greenock. As mentioned previously there are stunning views from the hills around the town.
  • A particularly nice spot is Craig's Top which provides a panoramic 360-degree view of the whole area including a magnificent view over the gateway to the Highlands. "Craig's Top" is found at the summit of

    Lyle hill

    at the start of "Lyle Road."
  • A further enjoyable experience is to Walk the Cut. The "Cut" is an aqueduct, and beside it, a near level pathway winds up around the hills to the South West of the town. This path rings round Dunrod Hill and takes you to

    Loch Thom

    , a reservoir constructed in 1824 to supply Greenock's water, now also used for leisure fishing. At the point where The Cut meets the loch, the Cornalees Centre provides facilities for nature study and the focus for nature trails and pathways.
  • One of Greenock's most enjoyable walks is The Esplanade this is a beautiful road right down at the edge of the water. The views are breathtaking, with Helensburgh, Kilcreggan and the Highlands to see across the impressive expanse of The Clyde. If you are very lucky, you may even see a Baby Seal!.
  • Nestled between Greenock and the neighboring town of Gourock is The Battery Park. This is a field of green grass and playing fields, with a stunning view of the mountains beyond. There are two children's playparks with the small one for toddlers and the larger for older children, a small but reasonable skate-park, an astroturf football pitch, and a small cafe. The beautiful town of Gourock is also within walking distance. The Battery Park is just off Eldon Street.

What to do in Greenock, Scotland


The town also hosts a varied range of activities. There is something for everyone in and around Greenock.
  • Waterfront Cinema. This is the small local cinema. The screens are relatively small as is the selection of films available to see (normally only the blockbusters and so on). However, if you choose your time well you could be lucky enough to view a whole film in your own private cinema, as the locals rarely go to the cinema during the day on weekdays. So the place has its merits. Popcorn, sweets, and drinks on sale.
  • Waterfront Leisure Centre. This is a large and well-equipped leisure center situated at the Waterfront near the center of Greenock. There is a large swimming pool with plenty of fun slides. There is an Ice-Rink and a well equipped Gym. The enormous glass wall on the Waterside of the building provides beautiful views while you are working out, swimming, or enjoying a skate. There is also a cafe where you can look down onto the gym.
  • McLean Museum and Art Gallery

    . This is a nice museum which features an interesting feature on the history of ship-building at Greenock on The Clyde. Alongside this, the Museum boasts an extensive array of taxidermy specimens of animals and insects. When coupled with the regular and varied displays of local and national artist's works, the McLean makes for an enlightening experience. A welcome addition to what has been known in the past as an "Industrial Town". Greenock has its fair share of Art and Culture. A very interesting museum with plenty of interesting items.

What to eat and drink in Greenock, Scotland


Eat

Go to the famous John Beatons (Beezer) Drunken House where the Buckie flows and enjoy deep-fried Mars bars.

Drink

Pubs

Slanj - Serves food, music, and entertainment in the evening.
The Horse Shoe - old fashioned pub, popular karaoke in evenings.
The Argyle - Nicely furbished small pub with beer garden, serves food, evening entertainment. 
Black Cat
Waterline - Once a restaurant with a bar, but no longer serves food, comfortable atmosphere, usually not too crowded.
Harwoods - Aims for an over 23 age group (Usually the more discerning clientèle!) - Karaoke evenings.
Tokyo Joes - Newly opened, beer garden, serves food, a nightclub in the evening (Over 25's). 
The James Watt - A Wetherspoons, Serves food, large building, No music, beer garden, can have drink deals. 
The Old Bank Bar - beer garden, serves food, busy on a sat night!

Shopping in Greenock, Scotland


  • The Oak Mall. In Greenock is the main shopping center. Contains Shops such as Dorothy Perkins, Topshop, New Look, Burtons, Marks & Spencer, Clinton Cards, Boots, Millets, Superdrug, Game, Greggs, WH Smith, Internacionale, Makays, Argos, JJB Sports, Original Shoe and more.

In the Oak mall, you will also find an Aulds bakery shop which is a really popular local chain where they sell the locally made popular Aulds pies. This is also a sit-in cafe where you can sample some of the baked goods with a nice cuppa.
There is also an O'briens sandwich bar in the middle of the center and a cafe called Leos both of which you can sit in.
The mall is very clean and is patrolled by security.
Outwith the shopping center, there is a large Tesco store which has electrical and clothing as well as the usual food!
There is also a wide range of shops in the streets surrounding "The Oak Mall". The main streets of interest being "West Blackhall Street" and "Cathcart Street".

Safety in Greenock, Scotland


Emergency phone number:​
  • 999 or 112 (from a landline if you can)
  • 101 to contact the Police on non-emergencies
You should always use your common sense. ​Thefts and pickpocketing may occur so always stay alert, especially in crowded places. 

Language spoken in Greenock, Scotland


English is the main language.

LOCAL TIME

4:51 pm
July 23, 2019
Europe/London

CURRENT WEATHER

24.83 °C / 76.694 °F
light rain
Wed

18.13 °C/65 °F
moderate rain
Thu

22.85 °C/73 °F
light rain
Fri

17.45 °C/63 °F
light rain
Sat

16.38 °C/61 °F
light rain

LOCAL CURRENCY

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