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Glasgow

Tours from Greenock.  Originally a small salmon-fishing village, the 19th century Industrial Revolution turned Glasgow into a prominent city. In 1990 it was voted European City of Culture and today it's known for its fabulous designer shops and unique culture. Art lovers will certainly enjoy this city. Visit the Glasgow School of Art, a building that's reputed to be the greatest architectural work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Nearby, the 18th century Hunterian Art Gallery houses Scotland's largest print collection, while the Burrell Collection contains a number of important artistic artefacts donated by Sir William Burrell, a wealthy shipowner and collector.

 

Shore excursions in Glasgow

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.

Beautiful Glenarn Gardens

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

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

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.

Essential information

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.

Glasgow Heritage Trail

Activity medium

Duration: 4¼ hours

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

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.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is a lift from ground level to the top of the Titan Crane. This tour is not suitable for passengers who suffer from vertigo. There is approximately 1 hour spent at the Riverside Museum.

Glasgow On Your Own

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 6½ hours

Explore the vibrant city of Glasgow at your own leisure.

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.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. The journey 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 lunch, refreshments and entrance fees are not included. 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.

Glengoyne Distillery and Loch Lomond Shores

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

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

The Glengoyne Distillery itself is perfectly located in a peaceful glen with a rolling waterfall, and appealing 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.

Essential information

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.

Highland Cow Encounter and Bonnie Lochs

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4¼ hours

Your Highland En-COW-nter will be an udderly delightful Scottish experience! Ardardan Estate is a quintessential Scottish farm.

A visit to Ardardan Estate promises an authentic and unique Scottish farm experience. Situated on the banks of the Clyde, it offers stunning river views that complement the peaceful countryside setting. You’ll have a fun tractor and trailer ride around the farm to see the star of the tour our delightful Highland cow. There will be a photo opportunity from the tractor and you’ll get up close and personal with this adorable Scottish icon and learn first-hand about these endearing animals from the Ardardan estates farmer.

Afterwards, you’ll have some free time to explore the farm shop, bursting with treats from a variety of small Scottish producers and enjoy refreshments from the award winning tea room, whilst taking in the country atmosphere.

Departing Ardardan, you’ll board the coach for a stunning panoramic tour of the stunning Gare Loch as well as the ‘bonnie, bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond, certainly one of the best known places in all of Scotland. There will be a photo stop at the guide’s discretion along the way back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and tractor and trailer. This tour involves around 15 minutes of walking over varying terrain including gravel surfaces and tarmac. There are 3 steps to board the trailer. The Farmer will give a narration during the tractor ride. Flat, comfortable non- slip shoes are recommended.

 

A selection of cruises to Glasgow

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