Howard Johnson Greenock

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Seeking info on gettting to Bute from Greenock

by vickimay

We'll be in Greenock on Sunday, August 8 (as a kicking off point to Glasgow). However we have friends who are from the Isle of Bute and their family has graciously offered to entertain us for the day. We understand we need to take a ferry. I have a ferry schedule from Wemyss Bay. Is that in Greenock or nearby? Can we walk there from the cruise ship or will we need transportation? If we need transportation what are our options? Appreciate any and all info. Thanks!

Re: Seeking info on gettting to Bute from Greenock

by hawkhead

Wemyss Bay is not Greenock. It is fairly near but you definitely will not be able to walk there.... well, you could but it would take you half a day or so. The best thing to do is to take a train from Greenock to Wemyss Bay. However, as it is a Sunday, you may be limited in choice. Ditto for return. The trains to/from Wemyss Bay should be/always used to be timed to dove tail with the ferry schedule. Look at the Scotrail website. I have no idea where in Greenock the cruise ship docks, so I think your best plan would be to take a taxi to the train station. It won't be very far but will be time consuming. I gather you don't have to get back to the cruise ship?

Re: Seeking info on gettting to Bute from Greenock

by weeflash

i will get more info for you.. but you will find it hard to get there without having your own trasnport.

The Isle of Bute is situated in Scotland’s Firth of Clyde, to the north of Arran, and is easily accessible by regular ferry services from the mainland.
There are two routes to the island. The scenic way (approximately 75 miles by car from Glasgow) takes you along the shores of Loch Lomond and through the Arrochar Alps in the heart of Argyll. This is some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland. Stop at the top of “Rest and Be Thankful” and admire the view. Skirting the top of Loch Fyne, with views across to Inveraray Castle, you head south and arrive at the Colintraive ferry for the 5 minute crossing to Rhubodach on Bute. The crossings are frequent, so if you just miss the boat it’ll be back soon. Rothesay is about 7 miles from here.

The principal route to the island is by car & passenger ferry from Wemyss Bay. The crossing takes half an hour with sailings every 45mins at peak times. Wemyss bay can be reached by car or train

Re: Seeking info on gettting to Bute from Greenock

by Flying.Scotsman

Further to earlier answers, Rothesay on the Isle of Bute is relatively easy to reach by public transport. Greenock West Rail Station is about 1km walking from the Ocean Terminal (double check this with your cruise information). Trains from there to Wemyss Bay leave hourly (including Sundays). For exact times see . The total journey from the station in Greenock to Rothesay is around 1hour 30 minutes. The scenic route mentioned over the Rest & Be thankful is well worth it if you hire a car and have the time to spend. Enjoy your visit to Scotland. If you advise how long your visit will be I can let you know other places worth seeing. Bruce

Travel Tips for Greenock

George Square.

by a5floor

When I lived in Greenock for 2 months, I was living at George Square. One day in the paper (Greenock Telegraph) I saw an old picture of how George Square. The question belonging to this picture was: when was this picture taken. A week later there was an article about this picture:

IT’S amazing how much interest an old photograph can create.
Last week's scene of George Square, Greenock in days gone was no exception.
One reader was thrilled to see where his mother lived for some years, and another expressed pleasure in viewing her current home in the past.
But for Gourock reader Alastair Petrie, the photograph was especially interesting, as it showed businesses premises operated by his grandfather.
Because the particular building in the corner of the square was a commercial garage for many years, I took this to be the occupation of the James Petrie whose name appeared above the door.
However, I was mistaken, and Alastair Petrie popped into the office to explain that James, his grandfather, was a jute merchant and bag manufacturer, much of his trade being associated with the sugar industry.
The building at no 4 George Square was a store, with the main factory in the town's Captain Street.
And the family stayed in the house next to the store. They also owned an imposing villa called Milverton, in Dunoon's West Bay.
A native of Troon, James Petrie died in 1912 at the age of 51, having set up business locally nearly 30 years earlier.
His son, also named James, took over the concern until it was sold around 1925 to fellow Greenock bag maker Thomas Boag.
During the first war James Petrie junior won the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) while serving as a sub lieutenant in the RNVR.
After the family business was sold, James went out to Hong Kong where he was managing director of a company called Davie, Boag, which was associated with Thomas Boag's.

(reed further below). In 1933 he founded the Hongkong Naval Volunteer Force, of which he was made commanding officer in 1936. In 1939 it became the Hong Kong RNVR.
At the outbreak of war James served as a commander in the RNVR and was involved in the demolition and “scorched earth” policy carried out in Singapore and Malaysia prior to the arrival of the Japanese.
James escaped capture, and after the war joined his wife and family in Australia where they had been evacuated.
He later returned to Hong Kong, and then came home to Greenock, where he once again spent a period with Thomas Boag's.
The family lived in Brisbane Street, and then moved to Victoria Road, Gourock.
James, who was predeceased by his wife Edith in 1970, died in Erskine Hospital in 1982.
His son Alastair served an engineering apprenticeship with Scotts shipyard, then was an engineer at sea. Alastair left the area in 1960 and lived and worked abroad until retiring back to Gourock in 1995.
Alastair said: “I was delighted to see the photograph of my grandfather's business and house in the Telegraph.”
This pleasure was shared by his daughter Laura, who also lives in Gourock. His other daughter Jane stays in Letchworth, Hertfordshire.

I was really interesting to see this article. Now I know a bit about the history of George Square. In my travelogue there is a picture at the present time. So, if you are interesting to see this picture.........

Local story

by JessieLang

In 1925, a shipbuilding company with expansion plans needed the waterfront land where the Old West Kirk (1591) was located, so they took it apart, numbered each stone, and reassembled it at the current location. The process took 3 years.

They also excavated the old graveyard, used from 1592 until 1857, and reburied the bodies in the Greenock Cemetery. The company never sold a single ship from the facility they built on the old church site, and the local people said it was because they disturbed the graves.

The ton

by sparkieplug24

Morton Football club is the local team now called Greenock Morton although until a few years ago was just called plain old Morton. They are currently lingering in the second division although they were not so long ago in the first and scottish premiere divisions and some would argue that they were robbed of a place in the first division last season. They almost disbanded a a few years ago due to bad fanancial investments but fought back with the help of other clubs and they fought back up into the second divsion after a couple of bad seasons. They still have a large support who follow them all over scotland. waterproof jacket incase of rain you may want a Morton scarf or hat but you might be lucky to get one a lot of the local shops dont seem to stock them


by JessieLang

Greenock is the cruise port for visiting Glasgow or Edinburgh, but it has something to offer visitors as well. Volunteers were giving free tours of their town on the day we were there.

Greenock was famous for shipbuilding and sugar refining. James Watt was born in Greenock, and they have a connection to Robert Burns through Highland Mary.

Greenock was the main entry point for troops and supplies from North America during WWII because it has a good harbor.

Rons Greenock page

by ronxscott

As a Greenockian born and bred I couldn't wait to leave. (This seems to be a built in response from a large percentage of people born here.) However, since travelling quite a bit I have found there are far worse places in the world.


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