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Inverkip (Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Chip) is a village and parish in Inverclydemarker, Scotlandmarker. It lies about southwest of Greenockmarker on the A78 trunk road. The village is served by Inverkip railway stationmarker, on the Inverclyde Line.


Inverkip was made a burgh of barony before the Act of Union in 1707, with the parish containing all of Gourockmarker, Wemyss Baymarker, Skelmorliemarker and part of Greenock. Inverkip Parish Church dates from 1804 and is on the site of an earlier (twelfth century) kirk. The graveyard contains the tomb of the chemist Dr. James Young who was nicknamed 'Paraffin' because of his pioneering work in oil technology. He lived at nearby Kelly House, which burnt down in 1913, the report laying blame with the suffragettes.

The parish of Inverkip's chief claim to fame (or notoriety) was in relation to witches in the mid 17th century. A local verse recalls

"In Auld Kirk the witches ride thick

And in Dunrod they dwell;

But the greatest loon amang them a'

Is Auld Dunrod himsel'."

'Auld Dunrod' was the last of the Lindsay family of Dunrod Castle. As the result of a dissolute life he lost all his possessions and fell into the black arts. Local reputation had it that he was in league with the devil, and he died in mysterious circumstances in a barn belonging to one of his former tenant farmers. Nothing now remains of the castle which stood at the foot of Dunrod Hill.

Places of interest

Today Inverkip is mainly of significance because of the large marina which has grown steadily since the 1970s and now boasts a small community of its own called Kip Villagemarker. Nearby the flue of the mothballed oil-fired Inverkip power stationmarker – another creation of the 70s – looms large.

Cornalees, a nature reserve up the back of inverkip and alongside the Greenock cut is a place to relax and is also a recommended attraction for sightsee-ers and hillwalkers, with a lot of beautiful views and paths.

Lunderston Baymarker is a popular picnic spot nearby and the classical Ardgowan House, built for Sir John Shaw-Stewart in the 17th century stands outside the village. It occasionally has open days and charity fêtes. The late 15th century Ardgowan Castle is a ruin within the estate.

At the top of Langhouse Road a building reminiscent of the cold war can be found. The site which also used to house the HMS Dalriada includes an underground bunker and a surface building.

In Inverkip there is also a small village school. It has around 220 pupils in it.

Inverkip is mainly a residential village and does not boast a huge number of businesses. A sub post office and convenience shop is located on the Main Street, plus a retail and business block, named Kip Park, located to the side of the village comprising of a cafe', fast food outlet, supermarket and a private nursery. A pharmacy is located in a temporary portable building next to this new development. A hotel is also present in Inverkip, as well as a B&B .

Inverkip is good for traveling as it is not far away from other attractions such as the shopping mall in Greenock and the Esplanade in Largs.

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See also

Notes and references

  1. Lives of the Lindsays, II., 291, &c.
  2. Research Study Group: Sites: Inverkip AAOR
  3. Inverkip Primary School Inverclyde Inspection 11/10/2005
  4. Inverkip Hotel Website
  5. Forester's House Website

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