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Clyde, Firth of

The River Clyde widens at its mouth to form an estuary named the Firth of Clyde. This extends westwards from Dumbarton to Gourock and then south to the island of Ailsa Craig off the South Ayrshire coast. The Cowal Peninsula lies to the west of the Firth of Clyde, which surrounds the islands of Great and Little Cumbrae between Bute and the mainland. The Firth was a popular place for the Clyde shipyards to run sea trials of their vessels, with several measured miles set up to allow speeds to be measured.


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