Sailing on Firth of Clyde, Scotland

 This evening, I am focusing on the Firth of Clyde, S.W.Scotland. Firth is a Scottish word meaning bay or estuary which in this case means the broadening stretch of water where the River Clyde enters the sea. This area has a long history dating back to Roman times, has numerous castles dotted along the edges, was at the forefront of the Iindustrial Revolution but today is perhaps best known for activities such as sailing and as a cruise ship destination (Greenock). A summary of some of the more important places and sites is as follows:

  • Dumbarton Castle, location of a the centre of a former ancient Kingdom of Strathclyde ( before Scotland was unified in the 9th century AD).
  • Port Glasgow, famous for shipbuilding and base of the P.S.Comet, Europe’s first successful steamboat service dating from 1812.
  • Newark Castle, also at Port Glasgow.
  • Lurg Moor Roman Fortlet, high on the moor above Greenock. Today, large cruise ships call in at Greenock.
  • Helensburgh, an upscale residential area where can be found Hill House, by Rennie Mackintosh.
  • The holiday destination of Dunoon.
  • Inverkip, famous for its sailing boats and marinas.
  • Largs, site of a defining 13th centurymarine  battle and now a popular residential location with a marina.
  • Isle of Bute
  • Interesting geology and raised beaches.
  • Great Cumbrae Island
  • Portencross Castle
  • Ardrossan harbour and ferry port. Also home to a marina.
  • Troon, famous for golf  and and as a ferry port.
  • Isle of Arran


  Firth of Clyde, Greenock and Helnsburgh

  Newark Castle, Port Glasgow

  Pencil Monument, Largs

  Inverkip Marina, Firth of Clyde

  Portencross Castle, Firth of Clyde

 Firth of Clyde from Dumbarton Castle

This part of Scotland has much to offer the visitor and is a popular holiday destination.