Situated on the banks of the Firth of Clyde overlooking the Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula, Inverkip has a history dating back to before medieval times. By the 17th century the village had earned notoriety as a centre for witchcraft with local landowner Alexander Dunrod suspected of being a practising Warlock and landlord to many alleged witches. Today the only magic experienced in Inverkip is the wonder of the surrounding countryside and, for many, the excitement to be had in Kip Marina. Indeed it is considered by many to be Scotland's gateway to some of the world's finest sailing waters.
It has to be said that the marina is the focal point for the village, which has only basic shopping. However it does have a memorable charm and the locals are friendly and hospitable. There is also much to do and see in the area including Lunderston Bay, Ardgowan House and Castle to name a few. But Inverkip has thrived mainly through the redevelopment of the site that was formerly home to a huge power station (the construction material for which came from what is now the bay). The development of purpose built residences for those with a love for the nautical life and the funds to enjoy it have seen the marina expand to become one of the most impressive and certainly most popular amongst yachtsmen, pleasure boaters and water-sports fanatics on the Firth of Clyde.
A lovely place to visit and a great base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and waterways, Inverkip is one of Scotlandís many pleasant little surprises.