The Greenock Cut

Greenock Cut
Greenock Cut

The Greenock Cut was built in 1825 to carry water into the town from Loch Thom reservoir. These days a tunnel carries the water supply, and the Cut is part of Clyde Muirshiel Park forming a 6.5 mile circular walk above the Firth of Clyde with spectacular views. First, you look down at Inverkip (for context, the red vessel and Kip Marina are both in the first picture if you enlarge it enough).

The path then passes 23 stone bridges, a couple of workers’ bothies and some drainage equipment (this was explained in more detail by the engineer, but don’t ask me. It’s a bucket with a hole in it, basically.)

As the path meanders over the moorland, there are grand views of the mountains.

The houses of Greenock then come into view. We spent quite a while here looking down and trying to identify where my Grandad used to live – somewhere on the road running up the middle of the first picture I think. My other grandfather used to walk his whippet up here.

More of Greenock –

When the path met a minor road, we turned and climbed upwards to a ridge from where we made our way down to Loch Thom.

At the bottom we discovered a memorial well and benches. Where’s a bench challenge when you need one?

From here, it was a short walk back to the car which we’d left at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre. We’d hoped to get a coffee there, but it was shut (4pm). However, there is also a little café at Ardgowan Fishery at the other end of the car park which, although basic, is a better bet – we’d had some tasty lentil soup there before we started the walk so we couldn’t complain. In fact, we’d had a lovely afternoon all round.

Linked to Jo’s Monday Walks where there are lots of goodies as usual.


54 thoughts on “The Greenock Cut

  1. Gibbers April 4, 2016 / 11:06

    Amazing views over Greenock! You’ve put me in the mood for some homemade lentil soup now haha


  2. Believe in Utopia April 4, 2016 / 11:28

    Had a lovely walk in Greenock and Gourock a wee while ago and plan to go back- as you’ve shared, so much interesting history


  3. restlessjo April 4, 2016 / 14:05

    I have to say ‘lucky Greenock’, Anabel! The views are wonderful 🙂 I’ve never been to that area, much less walked a whippet there 🙂 Maybe, one of these days (minus the whippet) because I still have a Rennie Mackintosh trip to undertake. Thanks a lot for the link up. 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh April 4, 2016 / 14:21

      It’s a lovely setting but (whispers) Greenock itself isn’t much of a tourist destination!

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  4. Becky B April 4, 2016 / 14:30

    Oh what a lovely lovely walk. Need this today as my walk has been cancelled because of the weather!


    • Anabel Marsh April 4, 2016 / 14:33

      Yes, it’s rubbish weather here too! Making do with writing up another walk for next week, and hoping it clears up later in the afternoon.

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  5. Pit April 4, 2016 / 15:13

    Looks like a great hike with great views. 🙂
    Have a wonderful week,


    • Anabel Marsh April 4, 2016 / 15:21

      Thanks Pit, you too! Though unfortunately it’s no longer sunny as it was in the pictures 😦


  6. ms6282 April 4, 2016 / 18:49

    You’ve pinched my wife’s coat!


      • ms6282 April 4, 2016 / 19:49

        Yes. Especially when they have a sale 😋(me too)


        • Anabel Marsh April 4, 2016 / 20:45

          Yes, both of us too – particularly John. It’s not unknown for him to walk into the shop completely clad in Rohan and come out with more.

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  7. Jaspa April 4, 2016 / 19:04

    Great photo story, Anabel.


  8. Silvia Writes April 4, 2016 / 20:00

    Grand views of the mountains indeed. Beautiful views every each way. Thanks, Anabel.


  9. anotherday2paradise April 4, 2016 / 20:24

    Such gorgeous views, Anabel. Love the benches even though there’s no bench challenge. You could always start a new one. 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh April 4, 2016 / 20:46

      Ha ha! I’m not a glutton for punishment. Jude and Jo work so hard on their challenges.

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  10. tots2travel April 4, 2016 / 20:35

    Never heard of this. But i do love all the history associated with the tail of the bank at Greenock.


    • Anabel Marsh April 4, 2016 / 20:49

      It’s a lovely walk – yet despite living 40 minutes away we hadn’t been up there for years.

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  11. Lynne Rickards April 5, 2016 / 11:16

    It does look like a beautiful place to walk a whippet, with plenty of space to run and no dangerous traffic about. My daughter and I are whippet fans, so the idea really appeals!


    • Anabel Marsh April 5, 2016 / 12:32

      Well, although we saw a lot of dog walkers up there, it’s not obligatory! We got on fine without one 😉


  12. Liesbet April 5, 2016 / 18:28

    23 stone bridges? How cool, Anabel! I love the architecture of the olden days, but I love your photos of the scenery around Greenock even more. The landscape reminds me of the South Island in New Zealand. I keep being amazed at how much Scotland has to offer. It is about time, I get my a… over there! 🙂

    Liesbet @ Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary


    • Anabel Marsh April 5, 2016 / 18:38

      I’ve often seen Scotland compared to NZ. From your comment I deduce the answer to the question I have just asked on your blog about highland roads (single track with passing places, would hate to drive a camper along them, though people do. Often bring roundly cursed by those behind!)

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      • Liesbet April 5, 2016 / 19:05

        I guess we are having this conversation going on two sites at once. How exciting! 🙂 I’d love to check the highlands out in a camper van, but I would hate holding other drivers up. Although, by doing so, I might actually save their life. 🙂 But, what if I get there and have to turn around? I assume some research will be involved, or I will just have to believe you and explore with an electric bike when the sun is out. 🙂


        • Anabel Marsh April 5, 2016 / 19:20

          We are! Yes, I think research might be necessary. We have only been in a car. Etiquette is that larger, slower vehicles pull in to a passion place and let everyone else by. It’s the one’s who don’t that cause problems, but I’m sure you’d be polite!

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          • Liesbet April 5, 2016 / 19:39

            You are right. I am very polite! 🙂 And, safe as well (most of the time). We have been in a few places with pull outs to the side and I’d rather pull off and let others go by than knowingly annoy them. The horror of having a car pushing behind you, on a small road. Common sense to let them by when possible…


  13. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy April 5, 2016 / 19:33

    What amazing views!

    I have to say, over the last year (since I am pretty sure I first showed up here during last year’s A to Z Challenge), I have learned so much about Scotland and its amazing countryside (and cities) that I never knew, thanks to all your posts. This one in particular struck me as a place I don’t think I ever would have heard of/known without you, so I just wanted to say it in honor of that.

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  14. jazzfeathers April 5, 2016 / 21:25

    Beautiful palce. The lakes are gorgeous!
    And hey, that bench with the musicians! I could steal it for my jazz posts 😉


    • Anabel Marsh April 5, 2016 / 21:44

      That puzzled me then I saw what you meant – the soldiers! But musical instruments would be much better than guns of course.


  15. claudiabookwright April 9, 2016 / 03:22

    Love your pictures, especially the mountains — looks like Colorado. My husband asked that I save the picture of the metal bench with the soldiers. He does metal-work.


    • Anabel Marsh April 9, 2016 / 11:17

      Interesting that it reminds you of Colorado! We’ll find out later in the year. Currently on a spring break then will turn our attention to summer. Glad your husband liked the bench.


  16. Denzil April 10, 2016 / 16:04

    Some benches are simply too nice to sit on!


  17. lisadorenfest April 24, 2016 / 04:46

    Thanks for taking me on this beautiful walk Anabel. I especially enjoyed the views of the Arrochar Alps


    • Anabel Marsh April 24, 2016 / 08:06

      A touch smaller than the “real” Alps but beautiful anyway! Glad you enjoyed them.

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