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Greenock, Scotland

Greenock, Scotland


Greenock at the mouth of the River Clyde is the seaport for neighboring Glasgow, is convenient to Loch Lomond and the Scottish countryside, and is 90 minutes from Edinburgh. If you have less ambitious goals for your day, Greenock has a bit to offer of its own.

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AMBIENCE

Though just miles from one of England's greatest cities, green, rounded hills and mountains surround your ship's berth on the broad Firth of Clyde. The beauty of Loch Lomond and the urban center of Glasgow are both within a half-hour of the port. Just beyond the port gates, Greenock's downtown is focused on residents rather than tourists, but a pleasant, waterside esplanade starts a few blocks west of the pier. Great museums and serious shopping await those who'd head to Glasgow or more distant Edinburgh, and Scotland's famed, rugged countryside beckons. Whether in the city or the countryside, it's hard to avoid the sweep of Scottish history, with castles and battle sites that hark back to Scotland's long conflict and eventual unification with England. 

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HISTORY

The rich fishing and easy transportation in the Clyde River Estuary meant humans have long called this area home. Though Glasgow was important throughout the Middle Ages, dramatic growth arrived after the 1707 Union with England, and the Industrial Revolution. Shipping, especially with North America and the Caribbean, and shipbuilding spurred an economic boom that made the area the UK's second-largest port and a world center for shipbuilding; in part due to innovations in steam power by Greenock native James Watt. For a while, maritime activity was centered in Greenock, as large ships couldn't pass farther up river, but dredging changed that. By 1821 Glasgow passed Edinburgh as Scotland's largest city, and became one of the foremost cities in Europe. The prosperity of those times is still easy to see in the area's buildings.

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FACTS

Size: Greenock: 7.9 sq. mi. (20.5 sq. km.)/Greater Glasgow: 1,292 sq. mi. (3,346 sq. km.)
Climate: Temperate Maritime Temperatures: 46°F (8°C) to 66°F (19°C)
Population 44,248/1,787,515 Busy Season Summer
Language: English Money: British Pound (£)
Time Zone: Greenwich Transportation: bus, train, taxi
Phones: Dial 011 44 01475 from the US, dial 999 for emergencies
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