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Gaelic: An Eochair
Row of shops, Yoker - geograph.org.uk - 470011.jpg
Shops in Yoker
Grid reference: NS513692
Location: 55°53’34"N, 4°22’46"W
Post town: Glasgow
Postcode: G14
Dialling code: 0141
Local Government
Council: Glasgow
Glasgow North West

Yoker is a western district of Glasgow, forming part of the Renfrewshire parish of Renfrew north of the Clyde. It is located on the border with Dunbartonshire, approximately five miles west of the city centre, and a mile and a half to the east of Clydebank. From the fourteenth century a ferry has linked Yoker with the burgh of Renfrew on the south bank. Although shipbuilding has declined, the Yarrows shipyard, now owned by BAE as part of BAE Systems Surface Ships is still in operation on the Yoker/Scotstoun boundary.

The name Yoker is an Anglicisation of the Scottish Gaelic Eochair meaning a river bank.[1]

Motor vehicles and tramcars were also manufactured in Yoker, which is now an operations centre for the North Clyde Line, part of Glasgow’s suburban rail network, the largest suburban rail network outside London.

From late 2006, there has been substantial investment in building residential property in the Yoker area; this is most likely due to the popularity of property in the banks of the Clyde.

Transport links include Yoker railway station (across the border in Dunbartonshire) offering services on the Argyle and North Clyde lines, the Renfrew Ferry, and numerous bus routes.

Famous Rangers F.C. footballer Sam English also played for Yoker Athletic. Another famous Yoker Athletic son was Charlie Gallagher who went on to play for Celtic F.C.

In Popular Culture

The series Limmy's Show featured a character, Dee Dee, travelling to Yoker on a bus during its second series. [2]


  1. "Search Results: Yoker". Gaelic Place-names of Scotland. Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba. http://www.gaelicplacenames.org/databasedetails.php?id=396. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  2. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00z1jhd