Lyle Hill in Greenock
This west coast of Scotland town, which sees a number of cruise ships each year, is a place I spent most of my summers as a youth. So, it holds a special place in my heart and every now and then I think it would be great to go back permanently.
But I wanted to share some of the spectacular views of Gourock, the surrounding Argyle hills that include Loch Lomand and the Trossachs and more. The main town that the view includes Gourock which is the terminus for one of the railway lines out of Glasgow Central. You can see the railway line if you look carefully in some of the pictures and the station is out on the pier at Gourock.
Other views will include Cardwell Bay a bit closer to Greenock and then the Battery Park and bits of the west end of Greenock. The nearest train station would be Fort Matilda but then to get up the Lyle Hill you would need to be quite ambulatory. Still it makes a nice walk and on a nice day you can see for miles and just relax. There are no services so if you plan to make a hike of it bring a lunch or something.
If you’re arriving by ship and want to pop up you probably could take the Grieve Road bus from the West Stewart Street bus shelters and walk the rest of the way up Grieve Road. It wouldn’t be far.
The Free French Memorial is in the shape of the Cross of Lorraine. It probably is the most photographed view of this area of Scotland. The memorial is dedicated to the French Naval forces that sailed from the Clyde during the Battle of the Atlantic.
Keep climbing up the path at the golf course across the road for even better and higher views. It is well worth a visit if you’re in Greenock. I’ve spent a lot of time here over many years and it is still quite a special and spectacular spot for me.