Something for everyone

Coast & Waters

Our connection with the Clyde runs deep

Coastal excellence

Inverclyde is the gateway to some of the world’s finest sailing waters and visitors travel from around the world to experience the beauty of the River Clyde.

Whether you are on the water, in the water, or under the water, the Clyde offers something for all, from the chance to learn to sail in a 60’ ocean going racing yacht, to the simple joy of a ferry trip from Gourock to Dunoon, enjoying the spectacular views across to Ben Lomond and the Argyll mountains.

The Inverclyde area is a centre of excellence for sailing and boating and home to two major marinas.

Scotland’s premier marina Kip Marina in Inverkip, has 650 berths, while James Watt Dock Marina in Greenock holds 200 boats in a historic harbour setting.

For the more adventurous, try Open Water Swimming and join in the annual Cross Clyde Swims, or get involved with one of the fastest growing water sports in Scotland and try coastal rowing with one of the local yacht clubs or even learn to build your own boat with the members of Royal Gourock Yacht Club as they work on their Skiffs.

Sea kayaking is a popular sport locally and the waters off the Esplanade are often the scene for a gathering of these easily accessible boats. It’s also an easy sport to get involved with as the Royal West Amateur Boat Club offer lessons and use of kayaks and safety equipment for new members.

If you’re planning on bringing your own boat to ‘do the west coast’ of Scotland, Inverclyde is the perfect place to begin your exploration or act as a base.

Visitor berthing and seasonal packages are available at Kip & James Watt Dock for boats of all sizes and even if you decide to send your boat to Inverclyde by road, Kip has a 50-ton hoist to lift and launch even the biggest boats.

Smaller craft on trailers, can be launched from both marinas as well as from slipways available at Gourock and Greenock.