Inverclyde

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Inverclyde (Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Chluaidh, pronounced [iɲiɾʲˈxlˠ̪uəj]) is one of 32 council areas of Scotland. It borders on to Renfrewshire and North Ayrshire, and is otherwise surrounded by the Firth of Clyde. Inverclyde is one of three council areas contained within the boundaries of the historic Renfrewshire, the other two being East Renfrewshire and a Renfrewshire area with reduced boundaries. The older Renfrewshire still remains in the form of a registration county and lieutenancy area covering Inverclyde.

Inverclyde District was one of nineteen districts within Strathclyde Region, from 1975 until 1996. Prior to 1975, Inverclyde was governed as part of the local government county of Renfrewshire, comprising the burghs of Greenock, Port Glasgow and Gourock, and the former fifth district of the county. Its landward area is bordered by the Kelly, North and South Routen burns to the south west (separating Wemyss Bay and Skelmorlie, North Ayrshire), part of the River Gryfe and the Finlaystone Burn to the south-east.

It is one of the smallest in terms of area (29th) and population (27th) out of the 32 Scottish unitary authorities.

The name derives from the extinct barony of Inverclyde (1897) conferred upon Sir John Burns of Wemyss Bay and his heirs.

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