Glasgow (from Greenock) cruises

When you cruise to Greenock, think of it as the gateway to some of Scotland’s most exciting cultural cities and perhaps the most breathtaking scenery you will ever experience. As you disembark, you will often be greeted by the stirring sight and sound of a traditional Scottish pipe band in full tartan regalia.

Greenock itself is a pretty town just a short walk from the port. It has a rich heritage of herring fishing and ship building. The prosperity resulting from these lucrative industries is quite evident in the impressive Victorian architecture of the major buildings in town, such as the Sheriff Court, the Municipal Building and the Customs House – now a museum dedicated to the town’s maritime history.

Things to do and see

Recently there has been huge investment in the waterfront area, the original location of the shipyards. The heavy industry has now been replaced with some very impressive residential property and a theatre overlooking the stunning marina. The town has a range of shops to suit most tastes from exclusive boutiques to large department stores. Both can be found undercover in the Oak Mall and outside on the main thoroughfare of West Blackhall Street.

The cosmopolitan city of Glasgow, the largest in Scotland, is only 25 miles from Greenock and is not to be missed. As if the city’s blend of Victorian and ultra-modern architecture was not enough of a spectacle, there are a host of museums and galleries. The Riverside Museum stands out simply because it looks so very different from its counterparts, and hosts a vast range of exhibits illustrating Glasgow’s rich past. The Gallery of Modern Art is Scotland’s most visited art gallery – and once again, a glimpse at the building from the outside is an attraction in itself.

To help you wind down after the bustle of the vibrant city, Scotland’s largest country park at Castle Semple is a scenic retreat on the shores of Castle Semple Loch. You could simply relax along the loch shore or take one of the guided tours through the designed landscape of Parkhill Woods and the ancestral home of the Semple clan.

Scotland is famed for its majestic and mystical scenery and the tranquil beauty simply makes your soul happy. Loch Ness may be famous for its monster, but Loch Lomond must take the prize for the most beautiful. Set in the heart of Scotland’s first national park, the loch is only half an hour’s drive from Glasgow. Its awesome loveliness changes through every season but never diminishes, even in the depth of winter when a ghostly stillness blankets the waters.

A taste of Scotland

Close to Loch Lomond, the Glengoyne distillery offers not only a chance to sample the ‘Water of Life’ but also an interesting and in-depth tour behind the scenes of a working distillery. The ‘Slainte Mhath’ (“your good health”) shop provides a great opportunity to purchase some memories of your visit.

It would be wrong not to mention golf when extolling the virtues of Scotland. After all, it is the game’s ancestral home. There are over 60 courses around the Glasgow area and if you’ve time for a few holes the clubs will always be willing to hire out equipment for a small cost.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Glasgow On Your Own

    Explore the vibrant city of Glasgow at your own leisure.

    Glasgow On Your Own

    Glasgow is one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan destinations in Europe. The city has been reborn as a centre of style and vitality set against a backdrop of outstanding Victorian architecture. Scotland's best known architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s style adorns many unique attractions throughout Scotland's largest city. Glasgow boasts world famous art collections, numerous museums and some of the best shopping in the United Kingdom.

    Sit back and relax as your transfer takes you into the heart of Glasgow. You’ll have around 4½ hours to explore this multicultural city at your own pace.


    This excursion will operate by coach. The transfer time to Glasgow is around 45 minutes each way depending on traffic. The drop-off and pick-up point is North Hanover Street. Maps will be supplied. This excursion is non-guided and exclusive of luncheon, refreshments and entrance fees. Before you exit the coach please ensure you understand where the pick-up point is and what time you need to return, as the coaches cannot be held for latecomers.

    Tour code

    GBG_008

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    6½ hours

  • Glasgow Heritage Trail

    Travel back into Glasgow’s glorious shipbuilding past and discover a way of life that defined a great city and great people.

    Glasgow Heritage Trail

    To be ‘Clyde-built’ was once synonymous the world over with the height of quality in steamship building, this is an opportunity to visit the little heritage which now remains to commemorate the Clyde’s one-time dominance of the globe.

    Visit the Titan Crane, the only accessible crane in Scotland that once towered over John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank. Explore the small wheelhouse of this giant 150-ton cantilever crane and watch a presentation of the launchings of Queen Mary and QE2. Admire the city from the vantage point of the crane’s jib whilst imagining how the old liners grew like towering skyscrapers above the narrow streets and tenements below.

    Explore the Riverside Museum, a new iconic transport museum located on the banks of the River Clyde. This modern landmark building, designed by acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid, is the new home to Glasgow's Museum of Transport. It houses around 3000 objects which give a proper interpretation of Glasgow's important maritime history. There is also a recreated street with shop fronts and vintage vehicles which span the years 1890 to 1930.

    En route, spot the mighty Clyde River and the Erskine Bridge, with awe inspiring views up the Clyde valley to the old shipyards, now under-going intense regeneration.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is an elevator from ground level to the top of the Titan Crane. This tour is not suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo. There is approximately one hour spent at the Riverside Museum.

    Tour code

    GBG_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4¼ hours

  • Historic Stirling Castle

    Absorb the beautiful surroundings as you travel to the magnificent Stirling Castle.

    Historic Stirling Castle

    Embark on a journey across the River Clyde through the ancient town of Dumbarton towards the picturesque countryside known as the ‘Miniature Highlands’. The route will pass near Loch Lomond before driving through the quaint villages of Drymen, Buchlyvie and Arnprior before arriving at Stirling Castle.

    Stirling Castle is considered to be the grandest of all Scotland‘s Castles, set on a high rocky outcrop over the meandering Forth River with commanding views over the surrounding countryside. The Castle is a great symbol of Scottish independence and a source of enduring national pride. Its long, turbulent history is associated with great figures from Scotland’s past, such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots.

    You’ll have the chance to visit the stunningly reconstructed Great Hall, scene of many medieval banquets, as well as the Chapel Royal, Renaissance Palace and the Artillery Fortifications of the 16th-18th centuries. There will be an opportunity to see the Museum of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who fought in campaigns all across the world, including the English assault on New Orleans. From the Castle esplanade you’ll be able to enjoy panoramic views of the Highlands and Lowlands.

    On the returning to the ship you’ll pass through the vibrant city of Glasgow.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours spent at Stirling Castle. The terrain around the Castle consists of paved and cobbled streets. There are steep inclines and steps within the Castle.

    Tour code

    GBG_007

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4¾ hours

  • Glengoyne Distillery & Loch Lomond Shores

    Visit the interesting Glengoyne Distillery, where the ‘Water of Life’ is produced before discovering the beauty of Loch Lomond.

    Glengoyne Distillery & Loch Lomond Shores

    The Glengoyne Distillery itself is perfectly located in a peaceful glen with a rolling waterfall, and a pristine visitor centre. Savour the warm feeling of a ‘wee dram’ of one of the world’s leading premium malt whiskies as you watch a short presentation about the history of production on the site.

    Take an informative and entertaining guided tour through the distillery and learn all about the whisky distillation process. Smell the familiar sharp odour as you arrive at the mash tuns where the whisky is produced. End the tour by seeing the soaring distillation stills and the final shed where the casks are kept during the maturation process. There is an opportunity at the end to buy souvenirs in their shop.

    Marvel at the stunning landscape as you drive towards Loch Lomond. A stop will be made at Loch Lomond Shores, popular for its souvenir shops. Here, you can browse the shops and enjoy the surrounding views up the Loch to Ben Lomond and the Highland Boundary Fault.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is up to 1½ hours of walking on this tour, including 30 steps at the distillery. For safety reasons photography is not permitted in the main distillery.

    Tour code

    GBG_006

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Beautiful Glenarn Gardens

    Discover the spectacular Glenarn gardens showcasing plants from around the world.

    Beautiful Glenarn Gardens

    Head around the estuary of the River Clyde to Glenarn gardens. The West Coast of Scotland has a special plant wealth due to the warmth of the Gulf stream. This private garden is one of the "glorious gardens of Argyll and Bute"

    Established in the 1920's and 1930's and made famous for its collection of rhododendrons by the Gibson family. Glenarn lies in a protected hollow, falling to the south and west, with a steeply sloping Himalayan glen running its length and providing shelter for large-leaved and tender rhododendrons. Early in the spring, the garden is dominated by tall Asiatic magnolias flower on bare branches creating dramatic effect. Rhododendrons provide colour throughout April, May and June, with a wide range of shapes, leaves, trunks and flowers. From May onwards, other ericaceous plants give variety, including embothriums, crinodendrons and acers while later hoherias and euchryphias flower from July to September.

    There are dramatic views from the upper quarry path down to Rhu Church tower and the Gare loch. Enjoy a guided tour by the owners, followed by refreshments in their conservatory.

    Your tour concludes with a journey back across the Erskine Bridge over the river Clyde to Greenock.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are some gentle slopes to be negotiated and some steeper. The ground is uneven in parts. There are steps and pathways in and around the gardens. Comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    GBG_014

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Stately Scotland & Bagpipe Workshop

    This tour combines the best of Scottish elegance and entertainment with the fun factor!

    Stately Scotland & Bagpipe Workshop

    Enjoy an exclusive Visit to Ardgowan House and understand why this beautiful well-kept home is out of bounds to most. The splendour is apparent as you weave your way through the rooms where you’ll learn about the illustrious, colourful and at times incredible history that is on offer as your guide transports you back in time. It’s a fascinating story - one that tells of the fortunes of Robert the Bruce, Princess Pocahontas, Charles I, the Emperor Napoleon and Florence Nightingale amongst others.

    Afterwards, you’ll be served refreshments in stately grandeur, before being entertained and given the opportunity to join in a fun workshop which allows you to understand Scottish music and dress. Listening to the bagpipes being played is simply enchanting and you’ll hear how the memorable sound is made using a lot of hot air! Next, get a shot of a ‘chanter’ for yourselves; the instrument used when learning to play the pipes. This fun workshop allows everyone to join in and even try on some tartan to strut around in.

    Following a fun time at Ardgowan Estate and taking home with you a certificate proving that you have completed an introduction to bagpipes workshop, you’ll journey along the banks of the River Clyde back to Greenock.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour has very limited space and early booking is advised. This tour involves around three hours of walking (at your discretion) and some standing. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    GBG_011

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3¾ hours

  • Panoramic Scottish Lochs

    Enjoy the beautiful lochs of Scotland and explore the picturesque village of Luss.

    Panoramic Scottish Lochs

    Drive east to the other side of the Clyde via Erskine Bridge, before reaching Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest freshwater lake. Loch Lomond is the epitome of Scottish scenic splendour, offering unique views of high mountains and blue waters.

    Make a stop in the picturesque village of Luss. Legend has it that the village takes its name from an adaptation of the French for the heraldic flower, the iris, or Fleur de Lys. According to the legend, a local girl married a high ranking French officer in the 14th century. She died in France, but her body was returned and buried by Loch Lomond. Fleur de Lys strewn on her grave by her husband are said to have taken root and grown here ever since. The Luss you see today owes much to the local landowners, the Colquhouns, who lived in nearby Rossdhu Castle. Take some time to enjoy a walk on the bank of the Loch or have a drink in a local pub.

    Continue north along Loch Lomond, to reach the viewpoint of ‘rest and be thankful’, have your cameras ready to capture the stunning views over the local mountains. Watch the dramatic scenery as you pass by the beautiful Loch Fyne, Loch Eck and Holy Loch before boarding the car ferry at Hunter’s Quay.


    This excursion will operate by coach. There is 45 minutes of free time at Luss, where walking is at guests’ discretion.

    Tour code

    GBG_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Leisurely Lochs & Afternoon Tea

    Enjoy Afternoon tea with a difference. Set Sail to explore the magnificent Sea Lochs of the Clyde Estuary.

    Leisurely Lochs & Afternoon Tea

    You’ll be welcomed on board the river boat - Clyde Clipper with a glass of chilled prosecco, before embarking on a three hour leisurely cruise on the stunning Firth of Clyde.

    Sit back and relax, while you explore the fjord like sea lochs of Gare Loch, Loch Long and Loch Goil. Passing the Royal Navy submarine base at Coulport you’ll enjoy a close up view of the 14th Century Carrick Castle. Nothing quite beats sitting on the top deck whilst watching the world go by with the chance of spotting porpoises or dolphins. This is sheltered water cruising at its very best, with spectacular west coast scenery all the way. A stunning setting for a Scottish boat trip!

    Below deck, in the salon you’ll be served a vintage style afternoon tea with a selection of freshly made dainty sandwiches with varied fillings, handmade cream cakes, strawberry tarts, scones with jam and cream and tea and coffee – served in traditional tea room style cups with side plates.


    This excursion will operate by boat. There are some steps to negotiate on the boat. Flat, comfortable non-slip shoes are essential.

    Tour code

    GBG_012

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Highlights of Glasgow

    An interesting historic tour of the vibrant city of Glasgow with a visit to the renowned Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum.

    Highlights of Glasgow

    Glasgow is a place of internationally acclaimed museums, galleries and a vibrant contemporary arts scene. Listen to the city’s interesting history and heritage including its contribution to shipbuilding as you take a leisurely drive around the main sights of Glasgow.

    Your knowledgeable guide will point out other interesting elements such as George Square, with its imposing series of statues of Glasgow’s great and good. Pass the Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s oldest house, before stopping to photograph the impressive Gothic architecture of Glasgow Cathedral with the Necropolis silhouetted on the hill in the background.

    After driving through the main city park, you’ll make another stop at Glasgow University to admire its historic buildings and impressive wrought iron gates with their ornamental crests before travelling onto Kelvingrove.

    Experience an adventure through art, time and the natural world at the Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum. Following a three year, £27.9 million restoration, the museum now has over 8,000 objects on display over three floors. The gallery includes art treasures such as masterpieces by Rembrandt, Titian and Dali. Among the interesting exhibits in the museum are the unique display of fearsome weapons and stunning suits of armour along with objects from Ancient Egypt, including a real mummy.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There will be 1½ hours at Kelvingrove Gallery, where walking is at guests’ discretion. The museum is wheelchair accessible.

    Tour code

    GBG_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4½ hours