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Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus ©Ashley Beolens Website

Inverclyde (meaning mouth of the Clyde) is one of 32 council areas used for local government in Scotland. Together with the East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire council areas, Inverclyde forms part of the historic county of Renfrewshire, which currently exists as a registration county and lieutenancy area - located in the west central Lowlands. It borders the North Ayrshire and Renfrewshire council areas, and is otherwise surrounded by the Firth of Clyde. Its landward area is bordered by the Kelly, North and South Routen burns to the south west (separating Wemyss Bay and Skelmorlie, North Ayrshire), part of the River Gryfe and the Finlaystone Burn to the south-east.

It is one of the smallest in terms of area (29th) and population (27th) out of the 32 Scottish unitary authorities. Along with the council areas clustered around Glasgow it is considered part of Greater Glasgow in some definitions,[1] although it is physically separated from the city area by open countryside and does not share a border with the city.

Top Sites

Cloch Point

Satellite View

Cloch Point is situated just off the A770 on the west side of Gourock at the Cloch Lighthouse, it is a great place to see Manx Shearwaters (sometimes in large numbers) at close range as well as Guillemots, Razorbills, Black Guillemot, Gannet, Sandwich Terns and Kittiwakes from mid-July Through August. Skuas also turn up occasionally into early October.

County Recorder

Iain Gibson

8 Kenmure View, Howwood, Johnstone, Renfrewshire PA0 1DR

01505 705874


Useful Reading

Where to Watch Birds in Scotland

Mike Madders and Julia Welstead - 297 pages, b/w illus, maps - Christopher Helm

ISBN: 071365693X

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Trip Reports


Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

Places to Stay

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Castle Levan


From March 2003 the castle is open to guests as a B&B accommodation. We will make a special effort to provide exactly what you want and so prices will vary according to your particular requirements. As a guide our typical tariffs start from £45 per person per night. We offer continental, English or Scottish breakfast, and if you wish we can also prepare supper for you…