Greenock

Scotland’s west coast and the pretty port of Greenock make a dream setting for your next luxury cruise through Northern Europe with MSC Cruises.

Enjoy the tranquil beauty of Greenock on the west coast of Scotland in the UK when you book a relaxing cruise to Northern Europe with MSC Cruises

Scotland’s west coast and the pretty port of Greenock make a dream setting for your next luxury cruise through Northern Europe with MSC Cruises.

Among the many lovely holiday destinations the UK has to offer, Greenock – situated at the point where the River Clyde meets the Firth of Clyde in the west central Scottish Lowlands - is  the perfect spot for a revitalising vacation surrounded by gloriously green landscape and mountains rising majestically in the background.

The best place to get an all-round look at the whole area from a bird’s eye perspective is the Craig Top vantage point at the top of Lyle Hill – also ideal for taking some wonderful holiday snaps of your Scottish experience.

Another must-see on your visit to Greenock is “The Cut”, an old aqueduct flanked by a scenic path up to the Loch Thorn reservoir, which was built in the early 19th century to supply Greenock with water.

The haunting natural beauty of the landscape is well matched by the attractions offered by the town and the friendly locals. The gorgeous Esplanade, the town’s elegantly sweeping mile-long waterfront promenade, is one such place. As you look out over the water, you might even spot some baby seals playing in the water.

Greenock is also home to the family-friendly Battery Park and a waterfront leisure centre with a swimming pool and an ice rink. Whatever you choose to do while on or off the ship during your Northern Europe cruise to the UK, you can rest assured MSC Cruises is dedicated to giving you the best holiday experience ever. Also check out our Shore Excursions section for more ideas on what do to on shore.

Cruise to Greenock - UK - Northern Europe - MSC Cruises

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 GRK01 - GLASGOW SIGHTSEEING TOUR (4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  An enjoyable 1-hour coach drive through Scotland’s spectacular landscape will first take you from Greenock to Glasgow, which was widely known as the “Second City of the British Empire” for much of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Nowadays, Glasgow is a vibrant multi-cultural locale and one of Europe’s top financial centres. Your city tour begins at the heart of Glasgow in George Square, the site of various statues, before continuing on for an external viewing of the impressive Gothic-style St. Mungo’s Cathedral, which is said to have been built on the spot where Saint Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow, once built a church. A stop will be made in the area known as Townhead for a short walking tour that will give you an outside look at the medieval Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s oldest building dating back to 1471, and the Museum of Religious Life and Art. En route to the beautiful district known as Kelvingrove, home also of the gorgeous red-brick palace housing the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, you can admire several examples of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s inspired architecture. Continuing with a drive through the city’s main park, your tour of Kelvingrove will culminate at the university for an outside viewing of the wonderful historical buildings, which lend this venerable seat of learning a distinctly medieval flavour. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 GRK02 - PANORAMIC SCOTTISH LOCHS (4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Any visit to Scotland should include some time spent enjoying its incredible scenery, which this tour of mountains and lochs gives you a chance to do from the comfort of a modern coach. Leaving the port, you will first travel eastwards to cross the River Clyde and then make your way up to Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest freshwater lake. Watch out for the quite dramatic change in scenery as you approach the loch. The mountainous backdrop and clear blue of the water serve to epitomise the rugged splendour of this Scottish landscape – and are certainly worth a photo or two. A stop will be made in Luss, a picturesque village that is thought to have taken its name from an adaptation of the French for the heraldic iris, a so-called fleur-de-lis. Evidence suggests that Luss was founded sometime in the 1300s when it is known that a church dedicated to Saint Kessog stood here. You will have some free time to stroll along the banks of the loch or have a drink in a traditional Scottish pub (not included in the price of the tour). Next up is a stop at the “Rest and Be Thankful” viewpoint for another chance to take some photos of the incredible scenery. Your return journey will take you past Loch Fryne, Loch Eck and Holy Loch for more splendid vistas to enjoy. A crossing on the car ferry from Hunter’s Quay to McInroy’s Point completes the final leg of your return trip to Greenock pier. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $63.00 Adults $44.00 Children

   


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 GRK03 - STIRLING CASTLE (4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  After boarding a coach at the pier, you will first travel northeast through the scenic countryside en route to Stirling, passing through Dumbarton and the pretty villages of Drymen, Buchlyvie and Arnprior on the way. Among Stirling’s main attractions are Wallace Monument, built on top of the Abbey Craig hill in honour of the 13th-century Scottish hero, Sir William Wallace, as well as the magnificent Stirling Castle, the destination of this tour. Thanks to its favourable position in the middle of Scotland, Stirling was of huge strategic importance in the past. You will have a chance to visit and explore the historic castle and its incredible architecture as well as the co-located 16th-century Renaissance-style Royal Palace, which has now been returned to its former glory. The furniture and décor in the royal apartments will give you an idea of the Palace’s former splendour. The whole experience is richly brought to life by all sorts of “great lords and ladies” and their “servants” who roam the grounds and will happily explain the details of daily castle life. Your visit will conclude with a stop at the tapestry studio to see world-class weavers restoring one of the world’s finest surviving sets of medieval tapestries. After savouring the fabulous views of the Highlands and Lowlands from the castle’s esplanade and taking some photos, your 1.5-hour return trip to Greenock will begin with more opportunities to enjoy the spectacular Scottish scenery. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $94.00 Adults $66.00 Children

   


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 GRK04 - STUNNING LOCH LOMOND: CRUISE & SHOPPING (4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Shopping  Only a short coach ride from the pier in Greenock will see you reach Scotland’s most famous lake, the scenic centrepiece of the National Park and the largest body of freshwater in the whole of the U.K.: Loch Lomond. After leaving the coach and boarding a pleasure boat at the loch, you can look forward to a relaxing 1-hour cruise with a whole host of amazing views for you to enjoy. As you cruise, you will pass by six of Scotland’s most elegant Victorian stately homes, built by rich Glaswegian merchants on the banks of the loch, and the isle of Inchmurrin, the largest of 60 isles in Loch Lomond and home to the ruins of a 7th-century monastery and Lennox Castle. Nowadays, the isle is inhabited by no more than ten residents and a few farm animals. Following the cruise, the next leg of the tour will take you to Balloch, situated a little north of Dumbarton, for a quality shopping experience. With a luxury outlet of Jenners, a well-known Edinburgh department store, plus shops of other well-known brands, local jewellery and arts & crafts to browse, you can shop to your heart’s content and maybe pick up a special souvenir or two. Your return trip to Greenock will take you via Dumbarton, site of the famous fortifications on Dumbarton Rock. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $76.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 GRK05 - GLASGOW ON YOUR OWN (6.5 hours, lunch not included) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  No guide available  This tour is the perfect opportunity to explore Glasgow at your own pace and visit only those places you really want to see. On leaving Greenock in a modern coach, a scenic 1-hour drive will take you to Glasgow through Scotland’s appealing countryside. After a brief unguided orientation tour of the city, passing the lovely district of Kelvingrove and Saint Mungo’s Cathedral on the way, you can enjoy plenty of free time to do as you please. Once considered to be the “Second City of the British Empire”, modern-day Glasgow is a vibrant multi-cultural locale with lots to see and discover. Places of interest while in Glasgow include the City Chambers, an impressive late 19th-century building constructed in Italian Renaissance style, the lovingly restored Willow Tea Rooms, which were originally designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1904, as well as the ultra-modern Tradeston Pedestrian Bridge, which is also called the “Squiggly Bridge” – no prizes for guessing why. But whatever you choose to do while in Glasgow, the friendly vibe of this Scottish city is sure to work its magic on you. Your tour ends with your return trip to Greenock by coach.

Price per person $38.00 Adults $31.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.