Situated on a steep north-facing slope, Greenock recieves more rain than anywhere else in the Lowlands. It is the heart of Inverclyde - one of the most deprived areas in Scotland. It was once one of Britain's major ports - hundreds if not thousands of emigrant ships sailed for the New World from Greenock, and it was the major landing point for Glasgow before the dredging of the Clyde. It has a particularly handsome town hall, built at the height of its prosperity, and is the home town of James Watt and the pirate Captain Kidd. There is still a shipyard (Fergusons) in the area, and plenty of freight activity, but the tide of economic activity has receeded from Greenock; leaving behind, similar to many former mining villages, a larger population than the local economy can usefully employ. But still people stick it out in Greenock, hoping to transform the town and ensure a good future for the area.
And, you may ask, why shouldn't they? When the road above town has a view like this?
Clyde from Lyle Hill:
May 1 on the Pacific Crest Trail, 35 Years Ago
6 hours ago