Greenock is situated on the banks of the River Clyde, and has an ancient and proud history. It prospered in the 19th century as a shipbuilding town, which explains the elegant villas of its west end. Recent regeneration efforts have focused on the docks and eastern quarter, near Port Glasgow.
Greenock is located at the end of the A8/M8 that begins in Edinburgh, and it is home to a total of eight train stations across two separate lines. The town is served by a number of local bus routes covering Greenock, Gourock and Port Glasgow, while long-distance services regularly travel to Glasgow, Largs and Dunoon.