Inverkip lies three miles north of the Wemyss Bay Railway station. The name denotes its position near the influx of the small river Kip to the Clyde. Ynver, or Inver in Celtic ,denotes the outlet or issue of a river; and is used as the refix of many names of places at the mouth of streams,or rivers, as Inverness, etc.
Main St, Inverkip, 1845
The village is small, with a populatin in 1871 of 637 and consists chiefly of two long rows of houses on each side of the turnpike road, but the district around is very beautiful. One great peculiarity of Inverkip is its luxuriant foliage. Looked at from the river, it appears completely buried among the trees. In consequence, the district is rich in varied walks and sylvan retreats. One very fine walk ( which visitors should not omit) is that leading through the Daff Glen. Near the northern extremeity of the village, immediately after crossing the bridge, a gate is seen on the right hand leading to a path along the burn. Entering though the wicket ( at the side of the large gate) the visitor has free access at all times to the varied scenery. Here the Daff flows in its rapid and rugged course to the sea, and the charming little cascades which appear here and there through the glen ,together with the rich and varied foliage, combine to render the spot on of the most attractive in the neighbourhood. Walks have been formed along the banks of the winding stream, and seats placed a different places for the accomodation of visitors.
The Daff rises in Leap muir, and a run of one and a half miles through a very pretty country and falls into the Kip at Inverkip. It contains some good trout, but permison to fish must first be obtained from the proprietors, Sir Stewart or Mr Robert McFie of Langhouse , who preseve it.
The Kip meandering through the southern part of the Ardgowan policies, is neatly embanked, taught to ripple over little falls and crossed by a handsome bridge: and rising abruptly on the east from the stream is the precipitous hill of Idston, with its thickly investing mantle of wood ``the romantic Den at is southern and eastern base``
For those of you wishing to return to the Inverkip of old we suggest that you turn to the MAP site , where you will be able to locate an area map of Invekip ( and other localities) as it was back in the 1700's. This site is an excellent place to spend a great deal of time, however we do ask that you return to our pages at one time or another.
For those of you interested in learning about Inverkip of today we invite you to link up with
West End, Inverkip United Free Church, Inverkip