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Captain of cruise ship docked in Glasgow during covid says leaving city 'pulled at heart strings'

Captain Johannes Tysse says sailing the Azamara Quest away from our city - after it was berthed here for 13 months during covid lockdown - is something he'll never forget.

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A cruise ship captain has shared the emotional moment it sailed away from Glasgow after spending 13 months docked in the city during the covid crisis.

The Azamara Quest was one of the three sister ships tied up in the city as the cruise industry and the world came to a halt when coronavirus struck in 2020.

The Quest found home at King George V Dock in Shieldhall in June 2020 before eventually departing the city the following summer.

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In the time the three ships were berthed, Glaswegians struck up quite an affinity with the trio, with thousands lining the banks of the Clyde to welcome them in and out of the city.

The Azamara Quest can hold up to 700 passengers at capacity and around 390 staff, many of who were onboard the ship in Glasgow during lockdown. Although they could stretch their legs on the dock, for the majority of the time they were unable to travel into the city itself.

Cruise ship Azamara Quest

Describing what the experience was like, Captain Johannes Tysse, who has had a career at sea since 1983, said having a good team helped everyone pull through.

He told Glasgow Live : "When you work at sea, you’re used to being on the ship and sometimes for weeks and maybe a month or more without even getting off the ship.

"Of course we were able to get down on the dock and walk about, but we weren’t allowed to go into the city.

"But we had a good team on board, we had gatherings and enjoyed our time. Every Sunday we had a BBQ up on the pool deck with ribs, hot dogs and hamburgers, so that was one of the highlights of the week."

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Captain Johannes was speaking as the Quest returned to Scotland's west coast - this time with over 600 passengers on board - as part of a cruise that had departed Amsterdam for Dublin, with stops in Leith, Invergordon and Ullapool before docking up in Greenock last week.

He said it was good to be back in Scotland, a place where he and his staff had been made so welcome by locals on their last visit.

He added: "As you know, during Covid, all of our three ships sat in Glasgow for about 13 months.

"At the start, the crew were allowed to go ashore for a month and then they were only allowed to stay onboard.

Azamara Quest

"I arrived in Glasgow at the end of November 2020, so unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to go out and see Glasgow and get the feel of the city.

"But still we felt very welcome and the crew got given gifts by locals at Christmas and so on. We got give some typical Scottish food like haggis and Irn-Bru! We got loads of that! I tried some of it … it was different!"

Thanks to the hospitality of Glaswegians, when the Quest left the city to go back out to sea, Captain Johannes said it left him with a bittersweet feeling. Although he was pleased the moment marked a step closer to normality, he admitted the sail away from the city the Azamara Quest had called 'home' for such a long time left him and others feeling emotional.

Azamara Quest

He commented: "Sailing away from Glasgow is something I’ll never forget. You felt like it was pulling on your heart strings.

"As we backed out of the basin and sailed out of the Clyde, the river was lined with a few thousand locals on each side and I described it as an ‘electric atmosphere'.

"Leaving Glasgow meant we were a day closer to getting back into operation and having the ships come to life again with a fully staffed crew and having passengers come on.

"We got so many messages from people in Glasgow saying it would be a sad day when the ships are going to leave us.

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"It was emotional with all the people lining the banks of the river and clapping, some kids yelling ‘honk the horn, honk the horn’. It was fun and emotional at the same time."

However, Johannes is hopeful the the Azmara Quest will make a return to Glasgow in the future.

He said: " We’d love to be back, but we’d have to make it an overnight and two-day stay as it’s quite a bit of distance to go all the way up to Glasgow and so on.

"We’ll see! We’ll maybe be back - hopefully under different circumstances."

To see our chat with the captain in full you can play back our Facebook Live video here.

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Glasgow Port Overview (Greenock Port) | 12 Best Things To Do

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Welcome to Glasgow port guide (Greenock port)! Conveniently located on Scotland’s western coast, at the “Tail of the Bank” where the River Clyde expands into the Firth of Clyde, the charming seaside town of Greenock is the main gateway to Glasgow and Edinburgh. In this article, read about:

  • Glasgow port (Greenock cruise terminal, getting to Glasgow and Edinburgh)
  • 12 best things to do in Glasgow (Greenock) port & best shore excursions

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Glasgow Port Overview (Greenock Port)

Cruise ships dock at Greenock Ocean Terminal , located in the town of Greenock, approximately 25 miles/40 km (a 40-minute drive) west of Glasgow. The port of Greenock (officially Clydeport) is owned and managed by Peel Ports, the United Kingdom’s largest port operator. It has two berths and its deepwater quay can accommodate cruise vessels of all sizes.

Greenock Ocean Terminal boasts a modern terminal building featuring a tourist information center, currency exchange booth, restrooms, local vendors, and several souvenir stands. The town center of Greenock is only a few minutes walk from the pier and there is a short walkway connecting the cruise passenger terminal to the city center.

Cruise ship passengers are traditionally welcomed by bagpipe performers who greet guests with popular tunes wishing them a pleasant stay in their friendly city. The local volunteer association Inverclyde Tourist Group has a dedicated seating area in the building and their friendly volunteers offer maps, brochures, and free guided coach tours of the area.

Glasgow port map - Greenock Ocean Terminal

Getting Around & Local Transportation

  • The easiest way to get to Glasgow from Greenock is by train . There are two train stations in Greenock, Greenock West and Greenock Central, both located within a 15-20 minute walk from the pier. The trains to Glasgow depart frequently, 3-4 times per hour depending on the time of the day, and the journey takes approximately 30-40 minutes. See the train timetables and fares on the official webpage of the National Train Company of Scotland https://www.scotrail.co.uk/
  • Public buses depart from the main Greenock bus station located on Kilblain Street less than a 10-minute walk from the port. Bus lines #901 and #906 serve Glasgow, and the journey takes approximately 50 minutes. Check the timetables at https://www.travelinescotland.com/
  • Taxis are available outside the port. A ride to Glasgow takes around 30 minutes, subject to traffic conditions. Taxis in Scotland are metered and they accept major credit cards.
  • Glasgow Hop on Hop off sightseeing buses are a popular way of exploring the city’s highlights. Check out Glasgow Hop on Hop off tours on Viator and Get Your Guide
  • Glasgow Airport is located 17 miles/27 km (a 30-minute drive) southeast of Greenock cruise port.
  • Like in the rest of the United Kingdom, the official currency in Scotland is the British Pound (£). ATM and currency exchange are available in the terminal building and town. Local currency and credit cards are widely accepted.
  • Book a private transfer to/from Greenock cruise terminal
  • Explore Glasgow tours and activities
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12 Best Things to Do in Glasgow Port

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If you decide to stay around the cruise port area, you can take a walk to the town center and admire some of Greenock’s highlights:

  • Victoria Tower – The imposing 245-foot (75-meter) tall tower makes up part of the Municipal buildings and is one of the most striking structures in the town. It is located on Clyde Square, 0.6 miles (0.9 km) or less than a 15-minute walk from the cruise terminal.
  • Lyle Kirk (former Old West Kirk) – A lovely town church that originally dates from the 19th century is located right next to the cruise terminal.
  • The Mount Kirk – The old, red-brick Presbyterian Church was one of the first Presbyterian churches ever built in Scotland. It’s located 0.9 miles (1.5 km) or a 20-minute walk from Greenock Ocean Terminal.
  • The Greenock Cut – A scenic walkway through the hills offering stunning views over the Clyde estuary. It takes up to 3 hours to walk and on the top, you can visit Greenock Cut Visitor Centre.
  • Dunrod Hill – Climb the hill and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of Clyde.

Check out Greenock tours and activities

Victoria Tower and Wellpark Mid-Kirk, Greenock

2. Stirling Castle

Discover the rich history, architecture, and secrets of one of Scotland’s largest and most iconic castles. This impressive fortress was built in the 12th century in a strategic location atop Castle Hill overlooking River Forth. Home of Mary Queen of Scots and James VI and I, the Castle also served as a military base and home to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders infantry regiment.

Admire the exquisite decoration and furniture of the Royal Palace and visit the Great Hall , a magnificent banquet hall and one of the largest of its kind built in Scotland. Visit the  Royal Chapel completed in only seven months under the order of King James VI for the baptism of his son Prince Henry.

Visitors also have access to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum , the Stirling Tapestries , and the Stirling Heads Gallery amongst other attractions within the Castle walls.

Stirling Castle Scotland

Stirling Castle is located approximately 50 miles (80 km) from Greenock Ocean Terminal and due to the distance, the best way to visit it is on an organized shore excursion. You can also get to Stirling Castle from Glasgow Port by train but the ride takes around 2 hours each way (including changing trains twice) so I wouldn’t recommend this option for cruise passengers. A taxi or booking a private transfer may be an alternative option.

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3. Glasgow Cathedral

Also known as St Mungo Cathedral or the High Kirk of Glasgow, this magnificent Cathedral is the oldest building in the city and mainland Scotland. Built in the 12th century, the Cathedral is a remarkable example of Scottish Gothic architecture.

One of the best features of the Cathedral is its medieval pulpit, a beautifully carved stone dating from the early 15th century, and the shrine of St Mungo, the city’s patron saint and founder. Glasgow Cathedral also boasts one of the finest post-war collections of stained glass windows found in Great Britain. If you have time, visit the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art located right next to the Cathedral, where you can learn about the Saint Patron who brought Christianity to Scotland.

Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis

The Cathedral is located in the city center, only a few minutes walk from Cathedral Square . There is no entrance fee, however, donations are welcome. There is a small lift at the west entrance for visitors with mobility challenges but some areas inside the Cathedral have limited accessibility.

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4. Glasgow Necropolis

Take a walk through this fascinating 37-acre Victorian garden cemetery filled with graves and mausoleums of the Victorian elite and the prominent people of Glasgow. Located high up on the hill offering breathtaking views of the town, this cemetery is quite unlike any other, filled with beautiful memorial stones, statues and buildings designed by Glasgow artists.

One of the most extraordinary monuments sitting on the top of the hill is the 19th-century statue of John Knox, minister, writer and the founder of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. The Necropolis is located adjacent to the Glasgow Cathedral. The entrance is free of charge, but you can also take a guided tour.

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Glasgow Necropolis

5. The Bagpipe Museum

If you are a fan of music and want to get an insight into the piping heritage, then the Museum of Piping is a must-stop. Learn about Scotland’s tradition and its musical heritage while exploring a great collection of piping memorabilia including the world’s oldest surviving bagpipe relic.

The Bagpipe Museum is located inside the National Piping Centre , approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) or a 20-minute walk from Glasgow Cathedral. To get there you can either walk or take a 5-minute taxi from the city center.

6. Glasgow Shopping

Glasgow is considered to have the best shopping in the United Kingdom after London. If you decide to spend your day browsing the shops, these are some of the locations that you must check out:

  • St. Enoch Centre shopping mall (20 minutes walk from the Glasgow Cathedral)
  • Princes Square Shopping Centre with food court and stylish bars (located on Buchanan Street, also 20 minutes walk from the Glasgow Cathedral and only 5 minutes walk north of St. Enoch Centre).
  • Merchant Square – An indoor market and event place filled with stalls, bars and eateries, very lively in the evening. It is cobbled inside and there is no toilet for disabled people, so guests with disabilities/wheelchair users might not feel comfortable. The Merchant Square is located a 15-minute walk from the Glasgow Cathedral and a 10-minute walk from each of the shopping malls.
  • Argyll Arcade – Glasgow’s jewelry quarter that offers the largest and finest selection of diamond jewelry, wedding rings and luxury watches in Scotland. It’s located next to the Princess Square Shopping Mall.

Buchanan Street in Glasgow

7. The Scottish Wool Center and Loch Lomond

Take a scenic bus ride through the Scottish countryside to the charming Victorian village of Aberfoyle and learn about the history of Scottish sheep and the working sheepdogs. The Wool Center offers a daily sheep shearing and herding demonstration, interactive activities, and a large store with a variety of Scottish merchandise.

Head over to the village of Balloch for a scenic boat ride across Loch Lomond , the largest freshwater lake in Britain, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this magnificent lake that has played an important role in Scottish literature and history.

Scottish Wool Center

Aberfoyle is located around 40 miles (65 km) north of Glasgow port (Greenock Ocean Terminal), or approximately a 1-hour 15-minute drive. The village of Ballock, located at the foot of Loch Lomond, is situated about a 30-minute drive southwest of Aberfoyle and 40 minutes drive from the Greenock cruise terminal. The best way to get here is through organized shore excursions due to the distance. You can also take a taxi (which will be an expensive option) or book a private round-trip transfer.

Check out the Scottish Wool Center and Loch Lomond tours and activities

8. Edinburgh

No trip to Scotland is complete without a visit to the capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings, Edinburg is a cosmopolitan city full of rich history and culture.

St Giles' Cathedral - Edinburg, Scotland

If it’s your first time visiting Edinburgh, I strongly suggest you take an organized guided shore excursion to make sure you capture the most of this beautiful city. However, if you decide to explore the city on your own, do not miss these city highlights:

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • The Edinburgh Dungeon
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Calton Hill
  • Grassmarket
  • Dynamic Earth
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • John Knox House
  • Arthur’s Seat

St Giles’ Cathedral

Edinburgh Hop on Hop off bus tours are one of the best options to explore the city at your own pace. You can find these sightseeing buses at St Andrew’s Square or Grassmarket Square located in Edinburgh city center. You can also book the tickets online .

How to Get to Edinburgh from Glasgow Port (Greenock Ocean Terminal)?

  • The distance from Glasgow port (Greenock cruise port) to Edinburgh is around 72 miles (115 km), or approximately a 1-hour 30-minute drive, so due to the distance, the best way to visit it is on an organized shore excursion. Cruise lines normally offer guided tours to Edinburgh and transfer-only tours.
  • If you decide to come on your own, you can take a taxi , book a private transfer , or take a train that is available from Greenock. The journey by train takes over 2 hours one way, so this option is not recommended for cruise ship passengers.

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9. Edinburgh Castle

Start your day at the most visited Edinburgh attraction located in the heart of the city. This impressive 11th-century fortress sits atop Castle Rock overlooking the city and is home to the Honours of Scotland, the Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny. Tour around some of the castle’s highlights including the Royal Palace , the Great Hall , St Margaret’s Chapel, Scottish National War Memorial, and do not miss the One o’Clock salute from Half Moon Battery .

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Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

10. Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat

Located about 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town, Holyrood Park is a royal park sitting on the highest hill in the Scottish capital, with a 251-meter (823 ft) high peak that can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. Arthur’s Seat , an extinct volcano, is the highest peak in the center of the hill surrounded by the cliffs of Salisbury Crags and three magnificent lochs.

Holyrood Park - The view of Edinburgh

There are different routes you can choose from Holyrood Castle to the summit (Red, Blue, Pink, Yellow and Green) with different activity levels. The red route offers the prettiest views and is not too steep. Along the way, you will enjoy stunning views of St Margaret’s Loch and the ruins of the medieval St Anthony’s Chapel .

The hike can take approximately one hour each way. Make sure you wear comfortable footwear. You can also choose to take a taxi to Holyrood Park and then take the green route, a slow but easy climb to the summit. Find more information on Holyrood Park routes on https://www.geowalks.co.uk/

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11. Palace of Holyroodhouse

Nestled at the foot of the Holyrood Park, this majestic palace dates from the 16th century and is the official residence of the Queen in Scotland. The palace is open to the public and visitors can admire the stunning historic and State Apartments , famous for their elegant furniture, tapestries, and plasterwork. Stroll through the Palace Gardens and tour the Holyrood Abbey , one of the most extraordinary medieval abbeys in Scotland.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is located in the center of Edinburgh, at the end of the notable Royal Mile Street.  The Palace is mostly accessible for visitors with mobility challenges with some restrictions in Mary, Queen of Scots’ rooms. Visitors can also enjoy a proper afternoon tea at the charming café.

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Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland

12. Shopping in Edinburgh

Shopping in Edinburgh is quite an experience and there are plenty of locations to choose from. One of the most popular locations is Grassmarket Street , a cobbled former livestock market street located in the heart of the Old Town, filled with eateries, bars and shops. Another renowned place is Royal Mile Street , a narrow alley lined with charming townhouses, churches, souvenir stores, cafes and museums.

Wrapping Up

There are so many things to see and do in the Glasgow cruise port and based on your priorities and preferences, make sure you plan your day to get the most out of it!

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Cruise ships dock at Greenock’s Ocean Terminal. The cruise terminal of Greenock is full of information. There is tourist information desk, wi-fi and souvenir shops. The cruise terminal is only around 1 km walk from the city centre of Greenock. There are a couple of nice walks around the town or even hikes up the hill but that is about it.

There are a hand full of volunteers that have such an amazing love for their region that they offer free tours in the cruise terminal. They don’t take you to anything mind blowing, but the fact that can step into detail about their region and tell you stories with such passion is what makes this worth it. Find them in the cruise terminal, but please know there is a very limited amount of spots available. You can also book online:  http://www.inverclydetouristgroup.co.uk/content/tours/#tours  The tours are free, but we highly recommend to tip big as renting buses and guides doesn’t come cheap.

There is a taxi information desk at the terminal. They have several tours they can offer, but one way rides are also no problem. Except that a one way ride to Glasgow is 40 GBP. A taxi tour is around 30 pound per hour.

There are 2 train stations nearby. We recommend you to go to Greenock Central so you can avoid all the steps going to West station. From here you can easily reach Glasgow and Edinburgh.  You can check the train schedule through the following link:  http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/service/planjourney/search  . If you are planning in taking a trip to Edinburg, we not stop for coffee in Glasgow as it is on the way.

You could take the bus to Glasgow: 901 or 906. They are leaving from the main bus station. You can also take the bus to Stirling castle. This takes about 2 hours though. From Greenock you take bus 901 or 906 to Dundas street, Glasgow. Walk 1 minute to the Glasgow Queen Street and take the train to Stirling. From here the castle is about 15 minute walk.

Destination and distance from port:

Greenock city centre = 1 km walk Glasgow = 27 mile east Edinburgh = 72 mile east Loch Lomond = 33 mile north Stirlng castle = 55 mile north east Falkirk wheel = 49 mile east

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cruise ships docked in glasgow

Cruise ships are welcomed at the Greenock cruise port center. This cruise terminal has superb facilities like souvenir shop, tourist information, taxi information desk and lots more! Make sure to read the full Greenock cruise port guide for all the information.

Greenock cruise dock

The Scottish Highlands

Although Greenock is officially on the lowlands the Highlands are literally across the water. Reach them by road or ferry. Take a scenic ride through these valleys to get a sense of what makes the Highlands famous throughout the world.

The Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Scottish train system

The Scottish train system is very good especially when traveling to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Double click here to look at the train schedules.

Scottish train system

Greenock trainstation, Greenock

Loch Lomond

With 23 miles it is the largest stretch of fresh water in Britain. Loch Lomond is immortalised in the ballad: Bonnie, Bonnie, Banks. The beauty of Loch Lomond is known through Scotland.

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond, Scotland

Greenock

This is the city centre of Greenock and the view you will have from the ship as soon as it is docked. Greenock is rather small with just 45.000 inhabitants and we would necessarily recommend to stick around.

Greenock, Scotland

Edinburgh

It is hard not to fall in love with the city of Edinburg. Layers of history make this a unique city to visit and fair warning: one you get a taste of it, you want more. There are hundreds of historical sights in the city itself. Walk the royal mile from Holyrood Palace to Edinburgh Castle, visit the spot where Harry Potter was written or spend you day pub crawling. A day in Edinburgh will never be disappointing.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Glasgow

In the late 19th century it was the 2nd largest city of the British Empire (after London). It was the centre of the Scottish trade and industry. In the ’60’s she lost that position when the shipyards closed one by one. The past is still reflected in the architecture of the city: Classic Georgian facades, baroque palaces, victorian buildings display the wealth of the former industrial superpower.

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Greenock taxi information desk

There is a taxi information desk in the terminal. Please know that the price for a taxi is approximately 40 pound one way to Glasgow and 30 pound per hour.

Greenock taxi information desk

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Travelling around the greenock (glasgow) cruise port.

You can get to Glasgow by train. There are two stations a mile from the port. Greenock West Station is easier to get to. There is a train to Glasgow Central Station about every 20 minutes. The journey is about 25 to 45 minutes. On the way back, take the train to Gourock to return to Greenock West station.

Once in Glasgow, the tube and bus are good means of transport.

Activities in Greenock (Glasgow)

Neighborhoods, george square.

Glasgow city centre is surrounded by historic buildings including City Hall

Glasgow Cathedral

This church was built at the end of the 12th century and is next to the Museum of Religious Arts. It is a fine example of gothic architecture.

Inveraray Castle

18th century castle containing a collection of portraits and porcelains from the family of the Duke of Argyll.

A charming town where Stirling Castle is located and that has witnessed several royal coronations, weddings and baptisms.

Culzean Castle

Fortress that was converted into a castle in the 18th century.

Gallery of Modern Art

GoMA is located in the centre of Glasgow. It contains four galleries, a café, a shop and a library.

Glasgow Police Museum

Exhibition about the Glasgow Police and International Police.

Glasgow Science Center

There is a planetarium and an IMAX cinema

Kelvingrove Museum

Free - The collection of this museum is very varied and includes fossils, ancient artifacts and paintings of great masters such as Van Gogh, Monet and Rembrant.

People’s Palace and Winter Gardens

Free - Museum about the history of Glasgow and its people.

Riverside Museum

Transportation museum where you can see trains, cars, buses and planes. Behind the museum, you can visit a boat.

Burrell Collection

For art lovers. This museum is a bit far and you will have to take the train to Pollokshaws West Station.

Museum of Religious Arts

The galleries are full of displays, objects and stunning works of art that explore the importance of religion in peoples’ lives across the world and across time.

The city has several parks that each have their own personality.

Loch Lomond

Beautiful lake punctuated by islands in a setting surrounded by mountains.

Botanical Garden

Family activities, falkirk wheel.

Opened in 2002, this boat “elevator” replaces the locks of yesteryear. You can take a boat ride to experience this marvel of human genius.

Excursions in Greenock (Glasgow)

  • Tours of the city of Glasgow and its attractions.
  • Several excursions to visit castles in the region.
  • Excursion to Edinburgh .

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The Greenock Ocean and Cruise terminal is connected by a short walkway to the center of town. Glasgow is easily reached by train from Greenock. Taxis are also available. Passenger railway within 10 minutes walk. Ask for the nearest station. Trains leave about every 20 minutes.

At the head of the sheltered and scenic Clyde estuary on Scotland's Atlantic coast, Greenock Ocean Terminal's deep water quay combines modern quayside facilities with a fantastic location

Once inside the terminal there are some information areas, currency exchange, and vendors. The Inverclyde tourist group had some tables set in the middle where you could get local information, maps or sign up for the free bus tours in the local area. These are run by volunteers, which are really proud of their area.

You most likely be greeted by bagpipes as you arrive in super friendly Greenock.

A new terminal building has been built and is in operation since summer 2022.

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Sightseeing:

Greenock is not a huge town, so it is fairly easy to get around the place on foot. However if you wish to wander around in the hills above the town to take advantage of the spectacular view of the mountains across the Clyde, then using a car to get to those places wouldn't be a bad idea.

One of Greenock's most enjoyable walks is The Esplanade this is a beautiful road right down at the edge of the water. The views are breathtaking, with Helensburgh, Kilcreggan and the Highlands to see across the impressive expanse of The Clyde. If you are very lucky, you may even see a Baby Seal!.

Tours Excursions Transportation:

There are some free tours around the local area but these are quickly snapped up.

There are two train stations both 1km away from the pier. Fare to Glasgow is £6-8 depending on departure time and the journey takes 25-45 minutes.

Taxi's charge about 30 pounds per hour. A ride to Glasgow costs around £50 – £65 and the journey takes around 30 minutes

Bus Schedule to and from Glasgow. Bus lines #901 and X7 serve Glasgow, and the journey takes approximately 50 minutes. The ticket price costs around £5 per person each way. the main Greenock bus station located on Kilblain Street less than a 10-minute walk from the port.

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Nearby Places:

Glasgow (35 minutes by train, 50 minutes by bus) and Edinburgh (2 hours by train) are not to far away. Both cities offer hop on/off double decker tours. Both leaving from their respective train stations. Check trains here.

Shopping and Food

The Oak Mall in Greenock is the main shopping center. It contains the majority of high-street shops you would expect to find in any reasonable UK town. Next door is a large Tesco supermarket. There are also a wide range of shops in the streets surrounding "The Oak Mall". The main streets of interest being "West Blackhall Street" and "Cathcart Street".

The currency throughout the UK is the pound (£). You may also hear the slang term quid for pounds. Scottish bank notes are frowned upon in other parts of the UK, so change the notes before leaving Scotland.

Cash machines (ATM) or less formally 'holes in the wall' are very widely available and usually dispense £10 and £20 notes.

Visa, Mastercard and Maestro, are accepted by most shops and restaurants.

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Communication:

English and of course Scottish is spoken here.

The Ocean Terminal has limited wi-fi. The password can be obtained from the Inverclyde Tourist Group information desk. There are also 3 terminals.

Most cafe's and restaurants offer free WiFi.

The local emergency telephone number is 999, however the EU-wide 112 can also be used.

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Shopping hours are in general:

Small stores 6 or 7 days a week (10am - 6pm) Larger stores in general stay open till' 9PM Hyper marts often 24/7

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Where do cruise ships dock for Glasgow Scotland?

Alysha

  • April 3, 2023

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Introduction, port of glasgow: a guide to cruise ship docking, exploring glasgow’s waterfront: top cruise ship ports, clydebank: a hidden gem for cruise ship passengers, discovering the best docking spots for cruise ships in greenock, from glasgow to loch lomond: cruise ship excursions and docking locations.

Cruise ships that visit Glasgow, Scotland typically dock at the Greenock Ocean Terminal, which is located approximately 25 miles west of the city center. The terminal is easily accessible by train or taxi, and offers a variety of amenities for passengers.

Glasgow, Scotland is a popular destination for cruise ships, with many visitors eager to explore the city’s rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning architecture. But where do these massive vessels dock when they arrive in Glasgow? In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the Port of Glasgow and the various docking options available for cruise ships.

The Port of Glasgow is located on the River Clyde, which flows through the heart of the city. It is one of the busiest ports in the UK, handling a wide range of cargo and passenger traffic. When it comes to cruise ships, there are several different docking options available depending on the size and type of vessel.

For smaller cruise ships, the most common docking location is Greenock Ocean Terminal. This modern facility is located about 25 miles west of Glasgow and offers easy access to the city via train or bus. The terminal can accommodate ships up to 250 meters in length and has a range of amenities for passengers, including shops, restaurants, and a tourist information center.

For larger cruise ships, the Port of Glasgow has several options available. One of the most popular is King George V Dock, which is located just a few miles from the city center. This dock can accommodate ships up to 300 meters in length and has a range of facilities for passengers, including a shuttle bus service to the city center.

Another option for larger cruise ships is the Ocean Terminal, which is located in the heart of the city. This terminal can accommodate ships up to 345 meters in length and has a range of amenities for passengers, including shops, restaurants, and a tourist information center. The terminal is also within walking distance of many of Glasgow’s top attractions, making it a convenient choice for visitors who want to explore the city on foot.

In addition to these main docking locations, the Port of Glasgow also has several other options available for cruise ships. These include the Rothesay Dock, which can accommodate ships up to 200 meters in length, and the Yorkhill Quay, which is primarily used for smaller vessels.

No matter which docking location a cruise ship chooses, passengers can expect a warm welcome from the people of Glasgow. The city is known for its friendly locals, lively nightlife, and rich cultural heritage, making it a popular destination for visitors from around the world.

Of course, before any cruise ship can dock in Glasgow, it must first navigate the River Clyde. This can be a challenging task, as the river is narrow and has several bridges and other obstacles that must be navigated carefully. However, experienced pilots and tugboat crews are on hand to guide ships safely to their destination.

In conclusion, the Port of Glasgow offers a range of docking options for cruise ships of all sizes. From the modern facilities of Greenock Ocean Terminal to the historic charm of King George V Dock, there is something for every visitor to enjoy. And with Glasgow’s rich culture, stunning architecture, and friendly locals, it’s no wonder that so many cruise ships choose to make this vibrant city their destination.

Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, is a popular destination for cruise ships. The city’s rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning architecture make it an ideal stop for travelers exploring the British Isles. But where do these massive ships dock when they arrive in Glasgow?

The main port for cruise ships in Glasgow is the Greenock Ocean Terminal. Located just 25 miles from the city center, the terminal is easily accessible by car or public transportation. It is also conveniently located near several popular tourist attractions, including the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and the historic town of Helensburgh.

The Greenock Ocean Terminal is a modern facility that can accommodate even the largest cruise ships. It features a spacious terminal building with all the amenities that passengers need, including shops, restaurants, and restrooms. The terminal also has a large parking area for those who are driving to the port.

Another popular port for cruise ships in Glasgow is the Glasgow Harbour. This port is located on the River Clyde, just a few miles from the city center. It is a smaller facility than the Greenock Ocean Terminal, but it is still capable of accommodating most cruise ships. The Glasgow Harbour is also conveniently located near several popular tourist attractions, including the Glasgow Science Centre and the Riverside Museum.

In addition to these two main ports, there are several other smaller ports in Glasgow that are occasionally used by cruise ships. These include the Port of Troon, which is located on the west coast of Scotland, and the Port of Ardrossan, which is located on the east coast. These ports are typically used for smaller ships or for ships that are making a brief stop in Glasgow before continuing on to other destinations.

No matter which port a cruise ship docks at in Glasgow, passengers will find plenty to see and do in this vibrant city. Glasgow is known for its stunning architecture, including the iconic Glasgow Cathedral and the Glasgow School of Art. The city is also home to several world-class museums, including the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the Scottish Football Museum.

For those who love shopping, Glasgow is a paradise. The city is home to several large shopping centers, including the Buchanan Galleries and the St. Enoch Centre. And for those who love to eat, Glasgow has a thriving food scene, with everything from traditional Scottish fare to international cuisine.

Overall, Glasgow is a fantastic destination for cruise ship passengers. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning architecture, there is something for everyone in this beautiful city. And with two main ports and several smaller ports, getting to Glasgow by cruise ship is easy and convenient. So if you’re planning a trip to the British Isles, be sure to add Glasgow to your itinerary – you won’t be disappointed!

Glasgow, Scotland is a popular destination for cruise ships, with many visitors eager to explore the city’s rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning architecture. However, many people are unaware that there is a hidden gem just a short distance from Glasgow where cruise ships can dock: Clydebank.

Clydebank is a town located on the north bank of the River Clyde, just 6 miles west of Glasgow. It was once a thriving industrial center, known for its shipbuilding and engineering industries. Today, Clydebank is a bustling town with a rich history and plenty of attractions for visitors.

For cruise ship passengers, Clydebank offers a convenient and unique alternative to docking in Glasgow. The town has a dedicated cruise terminal, which can accommodate ships of all sizes. The terminal is located just a short distance from the town center, making it easy for visitors to explore all that Clydebank has to offer.

One of the main attractions in Clydebank is the Titan Clydebank. This impressive structure is a crane that was once used in the shipbuilding industry. Today, it has been converted into a museum and visitor center, where visitors can learn about the history of shipbuilding in Clydebank and see the crane in action.

Another popular attraction in Clydebank is the Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery. This museum is dedicated to the history of the town and its people, with exhibits on everything from shipbuilding to local art and culture. The museum also has a café and gift shop, making it a great place to spend a few hours.

For those who enjoy the outdoors, Clydebank has plenty of parks and green spaces to explore. The town is home to the Clydebank Community Sports Hub, which has a range of facilities including a gym, sports hall, and outdoor pitches. There are also several parks in the area, including the popular Dalmuir Park, which has a children’s play area, tennis courts, and a boating pond.

Clydebank is also a great place to shop and dine. The town has a range of shops and boutiques, selling everything from local crafts to designer clothing. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes, serving up delicious Scottish cuisine and international dishes.

Overall, Clydebank is a hidden gem for cruise ship passengers visiting Glasgow. With its convenient location, rich history, and range of attractions, it offers a unique and memorable experience for visitors. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or outdoor activities, there’s something for everyone in Clydebank. So next time you’re planning a trip to Glasgow, be sure to consider docking in Clydebank and exploring all that this charming town has to offer.

Glasgow, Scotland is a popular destination for cruise ships, with many visitors eager to explore the city’s rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture. However, before passengers can disembark and begin their adventures, their ships must first find a suitable docking spot. In this article, we will explore the best docking spots for cruise ships in Greenock, the port town that serves as Glasgow’s primary cruise ship terminal.

Greenock is located on the west coast of Scotland, approximately 25 miles from Glasgow. It is a bustling port town with a long history of maritime trade and industry. Today, it is a popular destination for cruise ships, with several docking options available for ships of all sizes.

The main docking spot for cruise ships in Greenock is the Ocean Terminal. This modern facility can accommodate ships up to 300 meters in length and offers a range of services and amenities for passengers. The terminal is located just a short distance from Greenock town center, making it an ideal starting point for exploring the area. Passengers can easily access local shops, restaurants, and attractions, or take a short train ride to Glasgow to explore the city.

Another popular docking spot for cruise ships in Greenock is the King George V Dock. This historic dock was built in the early 20th century and has been refurbished to accommodate modern cruise ships. It can accommodate ships up to 340 meters in length and offers a range of services and amenities for passengers. The dock is located just a short distance from Greenock town center and offers easy access to local attractions and amenities.

For smaller ships, the James Watt Dock Marina is an excellent option. This picturesque marina is located in the heart of Greenock and can accommodate ships up to 60 meters in length. It offers a range of services and amenities for passengers, including restaurants, shops, and a yacht club. The marina is located just a short distance from Greenock town center and offers easy access to local attractions and amenities.

In addition to these primary docking spots, there are several other options available for cruise ships in Greenock. These include the Newark Castle Quay, which can accommodate ships up to 100 meters in length, and the Custom House Quay, which can accommodate ships up to 150 meters in length. Both of these docks are located in the heart of Greenock and offer easy access to local attractions and amenities.

Overall, Greenock offers a range of excellent docking options for cruise ships visiting Glasgow, Scotland. Whether you are traveling on a large or small ship, there is a suitable docking spot available to meet your needs. From the modern facilities of the Ocean Terminal to the historic charm of the King George V Dock and the picturesque James Watt Dock Marina, Greenock has something to offer every passenger. So if you are planning a cruise to Glasgow, be sure to consider Greenock as your port of call.

Glasgow, Scotland is a bustling city with a rich history and culture. It is also a popular destination for cruise ships, with many docking locations available for visitors to disembark and explore the city and surrounding areas.

One of the most popular docking locations for cruise ships in Glasgow is the Greenock Ocean Terminal. This terminal is located approximately 25 miles from Glasgow city center and is easily accessible by train or bus. The terminal is equipped with all the necessary facilities for cruise ship passengers, including customs and immigration services, baggage handling, and transportation options.

From the Greenock Ocean Terminal, visitors can take a short train ride to Glasgow city center, where they can explore the many attractions the city has to offer. Glasgow is known for its stunning architecture, including the Glasgow Cathedral and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Visitors can also enjoy shopping on Buchanan Street or taking a stroll through the beautiful Glasgow Green park.

Another popular docking location for cruise ships in Glasgow is the Port of Glasgow. This port is located in the heart of the city and is within walking distance of many of Glasgow’s top attractions. The port is equipped with all the necessary facilities for cruise ship passengers, including customs and immigration services, baggage handling, and transportation options.

From the Port of Glasgow, visitors can explore the city’s many attractions, including the Glasgow Science Centre, the Riverside Museum, and the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. Visitors can also take a short train ride to Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s most beautiful natural attractions. Loch Lomond is a stunning freshwater lake surrounded by mountains and forests, and is a popular destination for hiking, boating, and fishing.

For those looking to explore the Scottish countryside, there are also several docking locations available for cruise ships on the River Clyde. These locations offer easy access to the beautiful Scottish countryside, including the Trossachs National Park and the Isle of Arran.

Overall, Glasgow is a fantastic destination for cruise ship visitors, with a wide range of docking locations available and plenty of attractions to explore. Whether you’re interested in exploring the city’s rich history and culture, or taking in the stunning natural beauty of Scotland, Glasgow has something for everyone. So why not plan your next cruise to Glasgow and experience all that this beautiful city has to offer?

1. Where do cruise ships dock in Glasgow, Scotland? Cruise ships dock at the Greenock Ocean Terminal, located about 25 miles west of Glasgow.

2. How far is the Greenock Ocean Terminal from Glasgow? The Greenock Ocean Terminal is about 25 miles west of Glasgow.

3. Is there transportation available from the Greenock Ocean Terminal to Glasgow? Yes, there are several transportation options available, including taxis, buses, and trains.

4. What attractions are near the Greenock Ocean Terminal? Attractions near the Greenock Ocean Terminal include the historic town of Greenock, the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, and the city of Glasgow.

5. How many cruise ships can dock at the Greenock Ocean Terminal at once? The Greenock Ocean Terminal can accommodate up to two large cruise ships at once.

Cruise ships dock at the Greenock Ocean Terminal, located about 25 miles west of Glasgow city center.

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Greenock Glasgow Scotland - Destination Guide

Greenock is a beautiful coastal town located on the River Clyde, in the West of Scotland. It is a popular departure port for many cruise lines sailing to various destinations worldwide. This guide will provide you with all the necessary information you need to know about Greenock as a departure port.

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Cruise lines departing.

Greenock is a departure port for several popular cruise lines , including:

  • Cruise and Maritime Voyages
  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Hebridean Island Cruises
  • Seabourn Cruise Line

Best time to Visit

Weather and climate of greenock.

Greenock experiences a temperate maritime climate, with mild winters and cool summers. The average temperature in summer ranges from 12 to 18 degrees Celsius, while the winter temperatures range from 3 to 8 degrees Celsius.

Best Time to Visit Greenock

The best time to visit Greenock is during the summer months from June to August when the weather is warmest, and there is an abundance of daylight. However, the tourist season in Greenock is from April to October, during which many events and festivals take place.

Transportation

How to reach greenock port.

The Greenock port is easily accessible by air, road, and rail. The nearest airport is Glasgow International Airport, which is approximately 23 miles away from Greenock. There are buses and taxis available from the airport to Greenock port. If you are traveling by train, the Greenock Central station is only a ten-minute walk from the port.

Transportation Options in Greenock

Greenock is well connected by public transportation, including buses and trains. Taxis are also available for hire. However, if you want to explore the town and its surroundings at your leisure, it is recommended that you rent a car.

Costs and Expenses

How to save money on cruise from greenock.

To save money on your cruise from Greenock, consider booking your cruise during the offseason. This is usually during the winter months when there are fewer tourists. You can also save money by booking your cruise well in advance and taking advantage of any early bird discounts offered by the cruise lines.

Budget Planning

When planning your budget for your Greenock cruise, consider the following expenses:

  • Accommodation (if staying in Greenock before or after the cruise)
  • Transportation to and from the port
  • Cruise fare
  • Food and drink
  • Tours and shore excursions
  • Travel insurance

Eateries and Restaurants

Top restaurants near the greenock port.

Greenock has a wide variety of restaurants and eateries to suit all tastes and budgets. Some of the top restaurants near the Greenock port include:

  • The Exchange Grill
  • The Tontine Hotel
  • The James Watt Bar and Restaurant
  • La Rambla Tapas Bar

Tourist Attractions

Must-visit tourist attractions in greenock.

Greenock is a historic town with several tourist attractions worth exploring, including:

  • Greenock Cut Visitor Centre
  • McLean Museum and Art Gallery
  • Custom House Museum

Popular Landmarks and Monuments

Greenock is home to several prominent landmarks and monuments, including:

  • Victoria Tower
  • The Sugar Sheds
  • The Titan Crane
  • St John’s Episcopal Church

Famous Museums and Art Galleries

Greenock has several museums and art galleries that showcase the town’s rich history and culture, including:

  • Beacon Arts Centre
  • The Dutch Gable House

Things to do near the port

Places to visit near greenock port.

There are plenty of fun and exciting things to do near the Greenock port, including:

  • Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
  • The Kelpies
  • The Falkirk Wheel
  • The Isle of Arran

Fun Activities to Do Near Greenock Port

If you’re looking for some fun activities to do near the Greenock port, consider the following:

  • Golfing at one of the many golf courses in the area
  • Cycling along the scenic routes
  • Hiking in the nearby hills and mountains
  • Visiting one of the many whisky distilleries in the area

Best Shopping Destinations in Greenock

Greenock has several shopping destinations where you can find great deals on souvenirs and other items, including:

  • Oak Mall Shopping Centre
  • Princes Square
  • Buchanan Galleries

Souvenirs to Buy from Greenock

Some of the best souvenirs to buy from Greenock include woolen scarves, tartan blankets, Scottish whisky, and locally made pottery.

Shore Excursions

Popular shore excursions from greenock.

There are several exciting shore excursions to choose from when sailing from Greenock, including:

  • Visiting the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
  • Exploring the Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel
  • Discovering the Isle of Arran
  • City tours of Glasgow and Edinburgh

Best Sites to Explore from Greenock

Some of the best sites to explore from Greenock include:

  • Glasgow City Centre
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Stirling Castle
  • Culzean Castle

Historical Background of Greenock

Greenock has a rich and fascinating history, with evidence of human settlement dating back to the Neolithic period. The town was a prominent center of shipbuilding during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Interesting Facts about Greenock

  • The town was once home to James Watt, the inventor of the steam engine.
  • Greenock is the birthplace of the famous playwright, John Byrne.
  • The town has been used as a filming location for several movies and TV shows, including Outlander and World War Z.

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Brindisi, Italy is the ultimate cruise departure port for exploring the Adriatic Sea. Recommended cruise lines like MSC Cruises and Royal Caribbean offer exciting itineraries that stop in Brindisi, where you can visit attractions like the Roman Columns, the Swabian Castle, and the stunning beaches along the coast.

Tips for First-time Cruisers from Greenock

If you are a first-time cruiser from Greenock, here are some tips to help you make the most of your trip:

  • Pack light and bring comfortable shoes for shore excursions.
  • Purchase travel insurance to protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances.
  • Make copies of your travel documents and keep them in a safe place.
  • Don’t forget to pack a warm jacket, even if you are cruising during the summer months.

Cruise Travel Tips for Greenock Port

Here are some cruise travel tips to keep in mind when departing from Greenock:

  • Arrive at the port early to avoid long lines and delays.
  • Make sure you have all the necessary travel documents, including your passport and visa (if required).
  • Purchase shore excursions in advance to save time and money.
  • Consider purchasing a beverage package if you plan on enjoying alcoholic drinks during your cruise.

In conclusion, Greenock is a beautiful departure port with plenty to offer for both seasoned cruisers and first-time travelers. Whether you are interested in history, culture, or outdoor activities, Greenock has something to offer everyone.

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Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland

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Glasgow was Scotland's great industrial center during the 19th century. Today, the city remains the commercial and cultural capital of the Lowlands. Lying on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow boasts some of the finest Victorian architecture in the entire United Kingdom, including the stately City Chambers. Elegant Princes Square offers excellent shopping, and among the host of museums and galleries, the Burrell Collection features a superb treasure trove of paintings and art objects. Note: Your ship docks in Greenock, which is approximately 45 minutes from Glasgow.

Points of Interest

  • Loch Lomond
  • Glasgow Cathedral
  • Transport Museum
  • Inveraray Castle
  • Culzean Castle
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery

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This stunningly beautiful and popular leisure destination has been featured in song and is Scotland's second largest freshwater lake, dotted with many islands.

The only cathedral in Scotland to have survived the Reformation intact, this 12th-century medieval church houses one of the finest post-war collections of stained glass windows in Britain.

Take the opportunity to climb aboard some of the exhibits to get a real feel of public transport or take a stroll along one of the museum's recreated streets dating back to the early 1900s.

Featuring four imposing conical spires, this 18th-century Scottish castle is the seat of the Duke of Argyll and houses a stunning collection of family portraits, artifacts and English china.

Known as Scotland's crossroads, this charming city is home to the popular and historic Stirling Castle, scene of royal coronations, weddings, baptisms and even murders.

Converted from a fortress by great Scottish architect Robert Adams in the 18th century, this splendid storybook castle is filled with architectural marvels and memorabilia.

This imposing Victorian red sandstone structure is one of Glasgow's landmark building and houses ever-changing exhibits highlighting dinosaurs, suits of armor, weaponry and treasures from around the world.

Scotland's capital boasts 1,000 years of history, culture and tradition. Majestic Edinburgh Castle dominates the Royal Mile from atop its volcanic crag.

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Glasgow (Greenock)

The natural deepwater port of Greenock offers a safe, convenient stopping point for cruise ships of all sizes, accessible 24/7 with no tidal or lock restrictions.

Magnificent views across to the mountains and beyond welcome all ships arriving and leaving the port, which is outstanding in its access to tourist destinations, historic sites, and shopping - a real hidden gem. From the moment passengers disembark to the stirring sounds of a traditional pipers welcome, they experience the friendliness and character for which Scotland is well renowned.

The town of Greenock is just a 5 minute walk from the terminal, with its spectacular views over the River Clyde from the Esplanade. The viewpoint at Lyle Hill boasts vistas of Long Long, Holy Loch , Loch Goil, Gareloch, the Argyll Hills and a number of Munros on a clear day. There are many examples of fine Victorian architecture such as the Municipal Buildings, Sheriff Court, Custom House and the McLean Museum, which is most certainly worth a visit to learn more about the fascinating history of Greenock and the local area.

Greenock Ocean Terminal lies at the heart of an air, rail and road network providing easy access to the rest of Scotland- from Scotland’s largest city Glasgow with its fantastic range of visitor attractions and iconic architecture to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, from Ayrshire’s Burns Country to majestic Edinburgh.

The spacious quayside can easily accommodate 60 coaches with further parking facilities available on site. The newly refurbished terminal building provides access to a host of local information for both passengers and crew, from opportunities to purchase essential items and souvenirs, right through to internet access.

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Popular excursions, the following is a list of popular excursions that are available..

It should be noted that these details are not definitive but are intended to demonstrate the range of excursions and activities available to cruise passengers visiting Glasgow (Greenock) as part of a cruise. Please note that, in many cases and with prior arrangement, half day tours can be combined to create full day itineraries

Shore excursions are normally pre-booked onboard via the cruise line concerned. Cruise Scotland cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of this information and all details and tour descriptions should be checked with the cruise line concerned.

ART & ARTEFACTS

Experience the depth and variety of one of Europe’s greatest civic art collections in one outstanding location by including a visit to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in your itinerary. In addition to the fascinating exhibits, Kelvingrove is an imposing red stone architecture , making it one of Glasgow’s landmark buildings. Located in the West End of the city, Kelvingrove offers excellent guided tours, and visitors can enjoy its cafes and shops .

Play a round

Less than 90 minutes drive from Greenock Ocean Terminal, passengers can savour the delights of championship fairways at Scotland’s famous Turnberry Resort in South Ayrshire. Offering world class golf on the Ailsa, Kintyre and Arran courses, combined with exceptional teaching facilities in the Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy , this outstanding and accessible tour option means passengers can maximise their time on the course whilst enjoying some of Scotland’s beautiful coastal scenery. Passengers can also enjoy the Spa at Turnberry , from heat experiences to relaxation rooms, bespoke treatments to the swimming pool, whirlpool and outdoor terrace.

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To appreciate the creative genius of world renowned architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh, passengers can enjoy a compact itinerary with conveniently short passenger times between places of interest. Start the tour with a visit to House for an Art Lover on the south side of Glasgow, a unique attraction inspired from Mackintosh’s portfolio of drawings of 1901 which includes a permanent exhibition of decoratively furnished rooms. Head to the city centre for sumptuous afternoon tea at The Willow Tearooms in Buchanan Street, followed by a visit to The Glasgow School of Art , one of the most influential structures of the twentieth century.

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It’s about a 10 minute walk up to the Station in Greenock.

The journey time is around 40-50 minutes (fast and slow trains), an off Peak Return (travel after 09:15 Mon-Fri) is only £7:30, if your ship docks early and you want to get up to Glasgow earlier than that then a Standard Return is £10:90.

It's easy.

Should also add there is no need to book in advance, these are Commuter trains and you just buy your ticket at the Station on the day.

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Thanks to you all for this very useful information. My wife and I are good walkers so that will not be a problem.

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TIANJIN, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Baesch David Rudolph, 65, who hails from the United States, was very excited as he wheeled his suitcase into the lobby of the Tianjin International Cruise Home Port in north China's port city of Tianjin, which neighbors Beijing.

Rudolph was among more than 1,800 tourists from 50 countries and regions aboard the cruise ship Serenade of the Seas, which arrived at the port on Sunday.

Rudolph decided to visit the Forbidden City and the Great Wall in Beijing. "That's wonderful and exciting! I'm looking forward to this trip in China."

Sailing from Incheon, the Republic of Korea, on Friday, the cruise ship docked in Tianjin for two days and one night. Most of the tourists went sightseeing in Tianjin and Beijing, experiencing the local customs and traditions.

The 275-day cruise on the ship, which is registered in the Bahamas and operated by Royal Caribbean Group, is the longest round-the-world route at present. Tianjin is its only stop on the Chinese mainland, according to the company.

Bi Linlin, an immigration inspection officer in Tianjin, said that with the rapid recovery of China's cruise industry, the demand from foreign tourists to visit China's scenic spots and historic sites is growing.

"The immigration authorities are working with the cruise line and the port company to streamline passenger clearance procedures and let them have more time to travel in China," said Bi.

Since China's Ministry of Transport announced the full resumption of international cruise ship transport to and from ports in the country in September 2023, some international cruise companies have expressed their confidence in the Chinese cruise market.

On March 10 and 11, about 2,000 tourists and staff members aboard the Zuiderdam cruise ship operated by the Holland America Line visited the port city of Dalian in northeast China and Tianjin, respectively.

The Silver Shadow cruise ship, operated by Royal Caribbean Group, docked in Shanghai on Sunday. It was the ship's first visit to Shanghai in the past five years, according to the company.

About 300 tourists on board visited Shanghai's famous tourist attractions, including the Oriental Pearl, the Bund, and the Yuyuan Garden.

"We always stick to the Chinese market, and we are committed to creating value for Chinese consumers, society and economic development and inbound and outbound travel. We have full confidence in the resilience of the Chinese economy," said Liu Zinan, chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Asia.

Moreover, Royal Caribbean International announced its new China route deployment plan in March, with two cruises deployed in ports in Shanghai, Tianjin and Hong Kong. The plan's sailing time frame ranges from February 2025 to April 2026.

"In terms of the number of cruise ships, the Chinese cruise industry is experiencing significant growth in 2024," said Ye Xinliang, deputy dean of the School of Management of Shanghai University of Engineering Science.

As the largest cruise home port in north China, Tianjin International Cruise Home Port has welcomed 22 cruise ships and seen 68,000 tourist visits so far this year, according to Dong Zichen, deputy general manager of Tianjin International Cruise Home Port Co., Ltd.

"We are quite optimistic about the recovery of the cruise tourism industry in Tianjin," Dong said, adding that Tianjin International Cruise Home Port is estimated to receive 100 cruise ships and 300,000 inbound and outbound tourist visits this year.

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