Gourock Pier

Location type


Name and dates

Gourock Pier (1889-)

Opened on the Caledonian Steam Packet Company.


Description

This pier is open. It is a combined facility with Gourock station. Ferries operate from Gourock to Dunoon Pier and Kilcreggan Pier, and sometimes Helensburgh Pier. The pier is located on Kempock Point.

This pier opened when the Caledonian Railway extended their Glasgow to Greenock line on to Gourock. The pier opened to counter the opening of the Glasgow and South Western Railway's pier at Greenock Princes Pier [1st] (opened 1869) and the North British Railway's new pier at Craigendoran Pier (opened 1882). Clearly trains are faster than steamers and reducing the steamer portion and lengthening the train portion reduced the journey time from, say, Dunoon Pier to Glasgow.

There was a pier at Gourock before the line and new pier opened, this was a major expansion of that pier and a large amount of the beach was reclaimed for its construction as well as the building of the pier in timber.

Local

The headquarters of Caledonian MacBrayne is by Gourock station.

Argyll Ferries operate a passenger ferry service between Gourock Pier and Dunoon Pier.


Tags

Station terminus pier

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67
NLS Map
NLS Map
NLS Map