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The local area guide to living in Inverkip

Situated 65 miles away from Glasgow in the Inverclyde council area and stunning Renfrewshire county lies Inverkip. The historic village overlooks the gorgeous River Kip and acres of beautiful rolling countryside – Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park – can be found a mere 3 miles away. Lunderston Bay, a scenic sandy beach perfect for an evening stroll, can also be found up the road. These features naturally paint Inverkip as an ideal place to retreat to when you need a break from city living.

Since the hub of Glasgow can be reached in just under an hour by train or car, many working professionals and families also escape to this picturesque area to take advantage of living away from the buzz of the big city yet still wish to be within reach for work purposes. Another demographic lured into this parish is boat owners who wish to set up base at Inverkip’s famed marina.

Information about the local residents

As Inverkip mainly consists of residential property, residents tend to commute to work in either the neighbouring towns or the bustling hub of Glasgow. According to the USP Scot, 3,058 people call the charming village home.

27.9% of this permanent population is between 24-44 years, 29.7% is between 45-65 years and 7.5% is between 65-74 years. 74.8% of the population are also in full-time employment. This reflects how Inverkip is home to a bustling commuter community as well as an older retirement community, who, of course, wish to take advantage of the rural setting.

A majority of the residents who live here, tend to own their home and either live alone or in a married couple with or without children. Indicating that Inverkip is also an idyllic base to raise or start a family.

Nearby schools

If you’re a young family looking to move to Inverkip, you’ll be looking at the educational institutes in the immediate area and how they could benefit your child or children. In Inverkip, you’ll find one school. Inverkip primary school teaches children between the ages of 5 to 11 and boasts a supportive learning environment, which was praised by the HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) on their last inspection.

For secondary level education, however, students will have to travel to Gourock to attend Clydeview Academy. This institute is a popular choice with those who live in Gourock and the Inverclyde area as the school boasts excellent pupil achievements. Upon finishing school, 97% of its students went into further education or employment, which is much higher than the national average of 63%. Another option is St Columba's High School, which boasts similar feats.

Getting around

Considering Inverkip is a village, the transport infrastructure is more than adequate. After the introduction of a railway station back in the 1800s, Inverkip blossomed into the commuter haven and holiday destination it is today. The Inverkip train station conveniently connects locals with Greenock, Wemyss Bay and Glasgow and boasts attractive journey times – an inevitable hit with commuters and holidaymakers!

Residents also have a reliable bus service provided by McGills to depend on, which similarly connects users with the surrounding neighbourhoods. However, the most popular method of transportation in this pretty village is via car with 48.9% of households owning 2 or more. As the A78 and M8 are located nearby, motorists can get to their desired destination with ease – depending on traffic, of course. Another perk of living in Inverkip is that you can catch a ferry from either Wemyss Bay or Gourock, both a short drive away, to the Island of Bute – perfect for a relaxing, scenic day out.

Local shops

When it comes to shopping, Inverkip’s offering is simple like the village. Though there are no clothing retailers, you will find a pharmacy, post office and a Sainsbury’s supermarket to purchase essential goods.

For name brand stores, you will have to drive up the coast to Greenock. Here, you can find a Marks and Spencer, Iceland Foods, Dorothy Perkins and a Currys.

You also have the glittering stores of Glasgow just over an hour away, so you’re never too far from the amenities you desire!

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.