Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Gourock - Cloch Road Huts

I decided to take a morning walk along Cloch Road towards Gourock yesterday morning.   This is a road I've driven many times and never realised that there were huts hidden by trees facing the shore.  

Curiosity got the better of me and I returned with camera to take photos.


This one has a lucky horseshoe above the door and has been given a name - Colonsay.   It is easy to get a sense of how close to the shore they are from this picture. 

They seem to be made out of different material: corrugated iron; wood; sheet metal and brick.


There are quite a few along this stretch of shore:

All of them seem to have a form of heating given the pipes coming out of the roofs.     They've been made into a sort of home from home.   Some have fencing round the front and you can see the upturned boat in the far ground.

At a guess - the huts are probably used for fishing or they could they be a seaside version of the garden shed?

No one was at home during my visit and I'm going to keep a lookout because I have more questions of curiosity:
  • when were they built
  • are they owned / bought
  • have they been kept in families
  • are they just an escape from the daily grind
So - if there is anyone reading this who knows - let me know or better still if you have one of these huts - invite me for tea/coffee.


  1. That's really interesting. Do you think they are the local equivalent of those beautiful English ice-cream coloured huts you see every year in the Sunday magazines?

  2. that horseshoe is upside down, all the luck's poured away :o(

  3. Curious little structures. I have to confess that I like the huts at Southwold better! I hope you get your invite for a cuppa though - if it's getting chilly here in the mornings, I can't imagine what it's like there. :-)
    (Cesar doing very well - thanks.)

  4. Hi there - as a child I spent my summers here. My Great Grandfather owned (?) one of these and it was a huge treat to go down from the town to spend the day fishing and swimming (water was cold). I seem to remember that these huts were passed down in the family - but I don't know for sure. The one my Great Grandfather had was 3 or 4 away from the old Cloch but at that time there was quite a little distance between them (keep in mind this was 30 years ago and that could have been my child-size thinking they were far apart).

    1. Hello there, lovely to hear your memories. I'd really love to get inside one and am determined to go and pester someone when I next see a car parked beside one. Hopefully they will let me take pictures if I bring biscuits.
      Thank you for stopping by.


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