In both the Scottish Islands and along the coast, the early Viking raids on monasteries were soon followed by the establishment of permanent settlements. The first Viking attack in Scotland was in 795 and the raids of monasteries continued unabated for the next 50 years. But by the mid-9th century, the emphasis had changed from marauding to settling. The Norse eventually converted to Christianity and the assimilation was complete.
We have visited Greenock several times. And never have the Vikings been mentioned. Such was the case this time, also. On prior occasions, we have toured Glasgow and Edinburgh as well as Greenock itself. This time, we opted to visit the shipbuilding town of Port Glasgow. We had learned the Inverclyde Tourist Group provided FREE 2-hour tours through Greenock, or to Gourock, or to Port Glasgow and the Newark Castle. Upon disembarking the ship, we signed up for the Castle tour which also included a windshield tour of Greenock.
Here are the photos:
Our next port-of-call is Portree on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.