|Location Map ( geo)|
|Barrhill Road on the left, Broomberry Drive to the right|
|From:||Shore Street (NS241777)|
|To:||Larkfield Road (NS245771)|
|Via:||St Johns Road, Barrhill Road, Broomberry Drive|
|Distance:||0.8 miles (1.3 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The C63 forms a loop to the south of the A770 Shore Street in Gourock. It climbs up St Johns Road, then heads south on Barrhill Road, before turning east along Broomberry Drive to return to Shore Street - almost. It actually finishes on Larkfield Road, the C62 immediately before reaching Shore Road again, via Chapel Street.
St John's Road
St John's Road climbs away from the A770 Shore Street at the historic Victoria Bar which is a former coaching house. It curves gently to the right towards the junction with Barrhill Road. Here stands St John's church with its tall tower which dominates the Gourock skyline.
Barrhill Road is joined at a 90 degree angle at a point where Bath Street has been truncated in the past and the way barred by metal railings. The east side of Barrhill Road is lined mostly by elegant early 20th Century sandstone villas which overlook the Firth of Clyde. The west side of the road drops steeply away towards the Firth beyond a bowling club with three greens.
Barrhill Road continues south to join Victoria Road, but the C63 turns left, again at 90 degrees, to join Broomberry Drive.
The west end of the road is entirely residential and consists of early and mid 20th Century houses on both sides. The road is tree lined, with the trees growing in a narrow strip of grass between the road and pavement on both sides.
East of John Street, the road becomes more open, with fewer and smaller houses, mostly on the south side. After the junction with King Street, Darroch Park and Gourock Primary School stand on the left,soon joined by Gourock's only towerblock, Eastern View. Opposite, a high stone wall surrounds the walled garden of Gourock Park, which continues around the corner at the C62 larkfield Road junction.