Visit Gourock and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Gourock, Inverclyde, one of the best known of the Firth of Clyde resorts, situated on the bay looking across the Firth to Kilcreggan, Loch Long and the Cowal hills, is the centre for yachting and for steamer trips in the Firth and in the Kyles of Bute. The town extends for over 2 miles along the shore of the Firth of Clyde with houses built along the narrow shelf and backed by buildings picturesquely sited on the high ground.
There are no remains of the former Gourock Castle from which James IV sailed on his expedition to the Hebrides in 1494; the later castle was built in 1747. It was a plain building on Tower Hill and was demolished in the early years of this century, despite public condemnation of the Town Council's refusal to buy it and its grounds. On the cliff side of Gourock is “Granny Kempock's Stone”, a monolith of grey schist 6 ft high, probably of prehistoric origin. It has long been regarded with superstitious awe, featuring in various rites practised by fishermen to ensure fair winds; couples intending to get married used to encircle the stone in order to get “Granny's blessing”. In 1662 Mary Lamont, a girl in her teens, was condemned with other women of Gourock and Greenock and burnt as a witch. She confessed amongst other things to having intended to throw the stone into the sea to cause shipwrecks.
Gourock indulged in early industrial enterprises. There was a rope-walk started in 1736, a copper mine was sunk in 1780 behind Tower Hill, and the first red herring to be cured in Britain was cured in the town in 1688. Gourock is still famous for its herring-curing, and it has other industries. The rope-walk that it so enterprisingly began has flourished at New Lanark.
Nearly 3 miles to the South West, on the coast, is the ruined Levan Castle. Nearby is the notable white-painted landmark of the Cloch lighthouse; it was constructed in 1797 and is 76 ft high.
Nearby towns: Dunoon, Greenock, Largs, Rothesay
Nearby villages: Alexandria, Ardbeg, Ardentinny, Ascog, Balloch, Beach, Benmore, Blairmore, Bonhill, Bridge of Weir, Cardross, Clachaig, Clynder, Coulport, Cove, Garelochhead, Helensburgh, Holy Loch, Hunters Quay, Innellan, Inverchaolain, Inverkip, Jamestown, Kilcreggan, Kilmacolm, Kilmun, Kirn, Langbank, Luss, Mountstuart, Port Bannatyne, Port Glasgow, Portincaple, Ranfurly, Renton, Rhu, Rosneath, Sandbank, Shandon, Skelmorlie, Strone, Townend, Wemyss Bay
Have you decided to visit Gourock or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Gourock bed and breakfast (a Gourock B&B or Gourock b and b)
- a Gourock guesthouse
- a Gourock hotel (or motel)
- a Gourock self-catering establishment, or
- other Gourock accommodation