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Inverclyde
Inbhir Chluaidh
Logo Coat of arms
Logo Coat of arms
Location
Inverclyde in Scotland.svg
Geography
Area Ranked
 - Total
 - % Water  ?
Admin HQ Greenock
ISO 3166-2 GB-IVC
ONS code S12000018
Demographics
Population Ranked
 - Total (2006)
 - Density
Politics
Inverclyde Council
Control  
MPs
  • Ronnie Cowan
MSPs
  • Stuart McMillan
  • Derek Mackay
Scotland

Inverclyde (Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Chluaidh, pronounced [iɲiɾʲˈxlˠ̪uəj], "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 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 () and population () 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.

Places of interest

  • Ardgowan Estate
  • The Bogal Stone
  • Cappielow
  • Castle Levan
  • Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park
  • Greenock Cut Visitor Centre
  • Custom House Quay and Museum
  • Duchal House
  • Finlaystone House
  • Gourock Outdoor Pool
  • Granny Kempock Stone
  • Loch Thom
  • Lunderston Bay
  • McLean Museum and Art Gallery
  • Newark Castle
  • Waterfront Leisure Complex

Demography

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.


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