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Inbhir Chluaidh
Inverclyde in Scotland.svg
Coat of arms of Inverclyde
Coat of arms
Official logo of Inverclyde
Council logo
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Lieutenancy area Renfrewshire
Admin HQ Greenock
 • Body Inverclyde Council
 • Total 62.0 sq mi (160.5 km2)
Area rank Ranked 29th
 • Total 78,150
 • Rank Ranked 28th
 • Density 1,261.1/sq mi (486.92/km2)
ONS code S12000018
ISO 3166 code GB-IVC

Inverclyde (Scots: [Inerclyde] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help), Scottish Gaelic: [Inbhir Chluaidh] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help) "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.

Inverclyde was formerly one of nineteen districts within Strathclyde Region, from 1975 until 1996. Prior to 1975, Inverclyde was governed as part of the local government county of Renfrewshire, comprising the burghs of Greenock, Port Glasgow and Gourock, and the former fifth district of the county. Its landward area is bordered by the Kelly, North and South Routen burns to the southwest (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 (28th) 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, although it is physically separated from the city area by open countryside and does not share a border with the city.

The name derives from the extinct barony of Inverclyde (1897) conferred upon Sir John Burns of Wemyss Bay and his heirs.

Towns and villages

Name Population (2001 census)
Gourock 11,511
Greenock 45,467
Inverkip 1,598
Kilmacolm 4,000
Port Glasgow 16,617
Quarrier's Village > 999 ‡
Wemyss Bay 2,466

‡ Taken from Inverclyde Ward 1 figure, minus Kilmacolm settlement population.

Inverclyde District

Inverclyde was one of nineteen local government districts in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, which existed between 1975 and 1996. The district was formed by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 from part of the county of Renfrewshire. The boundaries remain the same as those of the modern council area. The remaining parts of the County of Renfrew (Renfrewshire) where divided between two other districts: Eastwood and Renfrew District. In 1996 Inverclyde District was abolished under the provisions of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994. Most of its area became the new Inverclyde council area, with the regions - such as Strathclyde - disappearing entirely.

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The average life expectancy for Inverclyde male residents (2013–2015) is 75.4 years, to rank 28th out of the 32 areas in Scotland. The average Inverclyde female lives for 80.4 years, to rank 26th out 32. There are large health disparities between settlements in Inverclyde with many health indicators being above the Scottish average in certain areas, whilst considerably below in others.

In 2019, the Inverclyde Council Area was rated as the most deprived in Scotland by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD), with Greenock Town Centre the most deprived community. (The term "deprivation" refers not only to low income according to the BBC, but may also include "fewer resources and opportunities, for example in health and education".) After the announcement, Deputy leader Jim Clocherty said that he hoped that investment money would arrive soon, and that "no part of Scotland wants to be labelled as the 'most deprived'". A £3m investment was scheduled for Greenock Town Centre and there was also plan to create a new cruise visitor centre with other investment funds being expected.


Inverclyde has twenty primary schools serving all areas of its settlements. These are:

  • Aileymill Primary School, Greenock (merger of Larkfield and Ravenscraig primaries)
  • All Saints Primary School, Greenock (merger of St. Kenneth's and St. Lawrence's primaries)
  • Ardgowan Primary School, Greenock
  • Gourock Primary School, Gourock
  • Inverkip Primary School, Inverkip
  • Kilmacolm Primary School, Kilmacolm/Port Glasgow
  • King's Oak Primary School, Greenock (merger of King's Glen and Oakfield primaries)
  • Lady Alice Primary School, Greenock
  • Moorfoot Primary School, Gourock
  • Newark Primary School, Port Glasgow (merger of Boglestone, Clune Park, Highholm and Slaemuir primaries)
  • St. Andrew's Primary School, Greenock (merger of Sacred Heart and St. Gabriel's primaries)
  • St. Francis' Primary School, Port Glasgow
  • St. John's Primary School, Port Glasgow
  • St. Joseph's Primary School, Greenock
  • St. Mary's Primary School, Greenock
  • St. Michael's Primary School, Port Glasgow
  • St. Ninian's Primary School, Gourock
  • St. Patrick's Primary School, Greenock
  • Wemyss Bay Primary School, Wemyss Bay
  • Whinhill Primary School, Greenock (merger of Highlanders' Academy and Overton primaries)

These are connected to several Secondary schools which serve Inverclyde as follows:

  • Clydeview Academy, serving the West End of Greenock and the town of Gourock
  • Inverclyde Academy, serving South and East Greenock as well as the villages of Inverkip and Wemyss Bay
  • Notre Dame High School, serving Greenock
  • Port Glasgow High School, serving Port Glasgow and Kilmacolm
  • St Columba's High School, Gourock/Greenock, serving Gourock, Inverkip and Wemyss Bay
  • St. Stephen's High School, serving Port Glasgow, Kilmacolm and the East End of Greenock
  • Craigmarloch School which is an Additional Support Needs school for pupils aged 4–18 based at the new Port Glasgow Community Campus after the merging of Glenburn and Lilybank schools.

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