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Head out of Glasgow and explore the nearby fishing town of Greenock. This charming community is based 25 miles west of Glasgow and sits on the Firth of the Clyde. There are pleanty of things to do in Greenock, a town with rich historic roots. The town’s maritime links are well known throughout Scotland and the town is celebrated at the Custom House Museum. Greenock is the home to the first-ever dock which was built on the Clyde in 1711. Read the below guide for things to do in Greenock and Hotels in Greenock.
Your Complete Guide to Greenock
The people of Greenock are extremely proud of its architecture as much of the Victorian buildings that were built here are still standing in the west end of the town.
Things to do in Greenock
Aside from having many tourist attractions, this buzzing little town in the west of Scotland has everything you will need for your short break. There is the Oak Mall Shopping Centre, fine restaurants, cosy cafes and lots of great pubs where you will get to know Greenock’s friendly locals. There really is loads of things to do in Greenock.
Any local from Greenock will tell you to climb the Lyle Hill while you are staying there. This famous viewpoint in Inverclyde is one of the best things to do in Greenock and provides a panoramic view across the Clyde. Be prepared with your hillwalking boots as its highest point reaches 426 feet above sea level.
The Beacon Arts Centre
The Beacon Arts Centre is the cultural thing to do in Greenock. Visitors attend the centre to take part or watch performances in everything from music, drama, dance, comedy a to visual arts.
The Beacon is a great place to go if you want to enjoy the views that Greenock has to offer as it overlooks the River Clyde estuary towards the hills of Argyll and Dunbartonshire.
Lunderston Bay sits between Greenock and Gourock, it is the nearest beach to the City of Glasgow.
Families will travel to this gorgeous sandy beach throughout the year to enjoy a picnic and a walk along the shore.
Althought not technically one of the “things to do in Greenock”, Gourock is under ten minutes away from Greenock. Many will travel from Greenock to Gourock on a hot summers day to enjoy the town’s outdoor pool.
This saltwater pool is heated to 29 ºC, perfect if you aren’t brave enough to try wild swimming in Scotland. After a swim, you can chill out on Gourock Pools traditional patio and enjoy the views of the Clyde Estuary.
This pool is a four-star Scottish Tourist Board attraction and was recently refurbished as part of a £1.8m renovation project consisting of modern and contemporary changing facilities.
Greenock Ice Rink
Get your skates on and head along to the town’s Ice Rink. This activity in Greenock is very popular during the Christmas holidays, however, the rink is open all year round.
Ice skating is not the only draw, curling lessons are also available here if you want to take home a new skill!
Accommodation in Greenock
If you are looking for accommodation in Greenock there are several options for you within the town and in the surrounding areas.
The Tontine Hotel
The Tontine Hotel in Greenock is the perfect place for holidaymakers that have travelled to the town for a few days away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
At the Tontine, you will find luxury rooms and great service as the staff here go above and beyond for their guests.
This hotel is also a popular venue for weddings, a great choice if you are planning on getting hitched in Scotland!
You may have guessed it but this accomodation is located in Greenock’s waterfront. It offers guests excellent views of the Clyde and comfortable rooms for a reasonable price.
Guests have free access to the hotel’s car park and WiFi, making it ab excellent choice for those visiting Inverclyde for business or pleasure.
The Custom House Hotel
The Custom House Hotel welcomes couples, families, friends, and dogs! This pet-friendly hotel in Greenock is a stone’s throw away from the waterfront area.
The Muirshiel Regional Park is just under 2 miles away from the hotel, many of the guests that stay here will spend the day here to take part in the wide range of outdoor activities that are available here, everything from cycling to hiking is on offer.
Holiday Inn Express Greenock
What can go wrong at a trusty Holiday Inn? If you are looking for a modern and comfortable hotel in Greenock, this location is the best option for you. This value for money option gives you the option to add on breakfast (vegan and vegetarian options are available).
You will get a good nights sleep at the Holiday Inn Express Greenock which is only one mile away from the River Clyde.
There aren’t many B&Bs in Greenock but we have whittled it down to just the one, Denholm Bed & Breakfast.
The location of this accommodation is great for those that want to near Greenock Golf Club and to restaurants, shops, and waterfront area.
Small but homely, this location has We two rooms with ensuites available. Guests can use the fridge, television, and tea making facilities and have an access door which takes you out to a patio area.
Premier Inn Greenock Hotel
Rest your head for a night or two at the Premier Inn Greenock Hotel.
This safe choice is a 10-minute drive from Loch Thom and a 5-minute drive from Whinhill rail station. Beds at the Premier Inn Greenock Hotel are incredibly comfy and the hotel also offers fabulous breakfast and room service range.
Planning a self-catering stay in Greenock? You will find several apartments neat this area available for hire. We have chosen our favourite self-catering accommodation in the town below.
Recommended by VisitScotland, this comfortable, private serviced holiday home with is located in the heart of Greenock. This is an excellent choice for families as this two-bedroom house can sleep up to five people.
It has everything you need for a self-catering stay, including a fully equipped modern kitchen, flatscreen TV and WiFi.