NS2577 : Gourock from Lyle Road

taken 12 years ago, near to Larkfield, Inverclyde, Scotland

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Gourock from Lyle Road
Gourock from Lyle Road
Cardwell Bay is in the foreground, the Holy Loch and Strone Point are in the distance.
Lyle Road

Named after Abram Lyle of the Tate & Lyle sugar company, who was Provost of Greenock when the road was built in 1878. The following extract is from the 1907 book "GREENOCK STREET NAMES - THEIR HISTORY AND ROMANCE, by Gardner Blair, which is reproduced in its entirety on the Inverclyde Council web site at LinkExternal link


"The Lyle Road was formed in the year 1878, during a period of business depression, following on the failure of the City of Glasgow Bank. This event caused much distress in the West of Scotland, and paralysed trade for years afterwards.

In those days Provost Abram Lyle occupied the chair of civic chief, and it is interesting to note that the idea of having a road round the Bingans originated in the mind of his good lady. The streets were full of idle men willing to work, but unable to find anything to which they might turn their hands. Provost Lyle was much exercised in his mind regarding this unhappy state of affairs, and often talked of the matter in his home. During one of these conversations, Mrs. Lyle exclaimed, “Why not put the unemployed to the making of a drive round the Bingans?” And there we have the origin of this popular promenade.

The cost of the road amounted to £16,482 12s 4d, and there is no doubt whatever that it provided necessary labour for decent artizans, while the town acquired at a moderate cost a really splendid boulevard."


The outstanding views from the top of Lyle Road make the effort of the climb worthwhile.

The road climbs around 400 feet over its one mile length, making it popular with cyclists who hold hill climbs there annually. The record for the climb is three minutes and thirty seven seconds, by former Scottish Commonwealth Games rider Sandy Gilchrist in the Scottish Championship event which was organised by Greenock Road Club in 1983.

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Geographical Context: City, Town centre Estuary, Marine
This photo is linked from: Articles: · Parliamentary Constituencies - Election 2017 Automatic Clusters: · Cardwell Bay [51] · Lyle Road [40] · Gourock Bay [34] Title Clusters: · Gourock from Lyle Road [4] ·
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 8 August, 2012   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 22 August, 2012
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2508 7735 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.4335N 4:48.2081W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2562 7715
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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