Home after being round the world backwards
Trip Start Mar 22, 2008
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The River Clyde used to be home to many shipbuilding yards, so Greenock was once a very industrial town, and famous ship exports include the QE2, which still comes to visit in its round the world voyages. Sadly there are no shipyards left in Greenock, just one in the next town, Port Glasgow, and then some further up the River towards Glasgow, in Clydebank. Instead of shipyards, there tends to be a lot of call centres now. Research showed that the Scottish West coast accent, can have a calming effect on angry customers! It is also home to the IBM head office.
Perhaps the most famous Greenockian you might know (in a way!) is James Watt
Places of Interest:
The Lyle Hill: A viewing point showing stunning scenery, overlooking Greenock, Gourock and the River Clyde. Also home to the "Free French Memorial" - a tribute to the French who lost their lives here during the first and second world wars. (Greenock was badly bombed during the second world war)
The Esplanade: For a lovely walk down by the River Clyde
The Waterfront sports complex: If you're feeling sporty, this relatively new facility has fun pools with flumes and wave machines, as well as a pool for serious swimmers
The Oak Mall shopping centre: Where the locals shop for clothes etc, if they haven't headed to Glasgow on the train! (Greenock plays on it's name quite a lot - we even have a song called "The Green Oak Tree" - gettit? It goes like this "I'm proud tae be a branch o' the Green Oak Tree" - clearer now?)
Travellers would probably visit Greenock because they are either on a QE2 cruise and making the compulsory stop (the QE2 was built here)! Or, they have come up/are heading down the coastal route to/from Glasgow. But there is lots of pretty scenery to see, so it is worth a stop...