Monday 9th March 2015


When we live and work in an area we can sometimes fail to appreciate what might be right on our doorstep.  Last week, I was reminded of this, when I visited Wemyss Bay Holiday Park as part of Scottish Tourism Week.

Despite the bitter cold weather, this was a really enjoyable visit and a reminder of Inverclyde’s beautiful natural resources with stunning views from the park over the River Clyde and the Argyll Hills in the backdrop.

It was great to talk with staff about their work and receive a tour of this modern award winning Caravan Park which attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year.

It’s in a great location in the heart of a country estate and an ideal base for walking and cycling. It is also conveniently close to ferry routes which will take visitors to Cumbrae and Bute as well as being just a small distance away from Wemyss Bay train station allowing for a short trip into Glasgow.

Although we share this location and environment, it is easy to overlook the positive impact it has on our local economy.

In the peak season the Wemyss Bay Park directly employs up to ninety members of staff making it a key employer in the community. It also provides work for local tradesman some of whom were hard at work preparing the park for the holiday season during my visit.

As well as creating jobs, it also brings money into Inverclyde through the droves of visitors who spend their money at the local shops.

There is no doubt that Wemyss Bay Holiday Park is an asset to Inverclyde helping to boost the economy and underline the beauty of the area.