Silversea Luxury Cruises To Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland

Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland

Trendy stores, a booming cultural life, fascinating architecture, and stylish restaurants reinforce Glasgow's claim to being Scotland's most exciting city. After decades of decline, it has experienced an urban renaissance uniquely its own. The city’s grand architecture reflects a prosperous past built on trade and shipbuilding. Today buildings by Charles Rennie Mackintosh hold pride of place along with the Zaha Hadid–designed Riverside Museum.Glasgow (the "dear green place," as it was known) was founded some 1,500 years ago. View more

Legend has it that the king of Strathclyde, irate about his wife's infidelity, had a ring he had given her thrown into the river Clyde. (Apparently she had passed it on to an admirer.) When the king demanded to know where the ring had gone, the distraught queen asked the advice of her confessor, St. Mungo. He suggested fishing for it—and the first salmon to emerge had the ring in its mouth. The moment is commemorated on the city's coat of arms.The medieval city expanded when it was given a royal license to trade; the current High Street was the main thoroughfare at the time. The vast profits from American cotton and tobacco built the grand mansions of the Merchant City in the 18th century. In the 19th century the river Clyde became the center of a vibrant shipbuilding industry, fed by the city’s iron and steel works. The city grew again, but its internal divisions grew at the same time. The West End harbored the elegant homes of the newly rich shipyard owners. Down by the river, areas like the infamous Gorbals, with its crowded slums, sheltered the laborers who built the ships. They came from the Highlands, expelled to make way for sheep, or from Ireland, where the potato famines drove thousands from their homes.During the 19th century the population grew from 80,000 to more than a million. And the new prosperity gave Glasgow its grand neoclassical buildings, such as those built by Alexander "Greek" Thomson, as well as the adventurous visionary buildings designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and others who produced Glasgow’s Arts and Crafts movement. The City Chambers, built in 1888, are a proud statement in marble and gold sandstone, a clear symbol of the wealthy and powerful Victorian industrialists' hopes for the future.The decline of shipbuilding and the closure of the factories led to much speculation as to what direction the city would take now. The curious thing is that, at least in part, the past gave the city a new lease of life. It was as if people looked at their city and saw Glasgow’s beauty for the first time: its extraordinarily rich architectural heritage, its leafy parks, its artistic heritage, and its complex social history. Today Glasgow is a vibrant cultural center and a commercial hub, as well as a launching pad from which to explore the rest of Scotland, which, as it turns out, is not so far away. In fact, it takes only 40 minutes to reach Loch Lomond, where the other Scotland begins.

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Excursions in Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland

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Silver Shore Privato - Greenock by Private Van with English-Speaking Guide - Full Day

Explore Greenock at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Greenock by Private Van with English-Speaking Guide- Half Day

Explore Greenock at your leisure during your half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Greenock by Private Car with English-Speaking Guide - Full Day

Explore Greenock at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car . Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Greenock by Private Car & English-Speaking Guide - Half Day

Explore Greenock at your leisure during your half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Inverary Castle and Loch Lomond

Experience the scenic natural splendour and rich history of Scotland during this picturesque, full-day sightseeing excursion.


Erskine Bridge, Glasgow City and Loch Lomond

Depart the pier for the scenic drive across the impressive Erskine Bridge, with views of Glasgow City in the distance, and travel through the countryside to Loch Lomond. This famous and beautiful inland loch, known as the 'Queen of Scottish Lakes' and noted for its fishing, is the largest loch in Great Britain. The broad southern end, approximately five miles (about eight kilometres) in width, is enhanced by many small islands sparkling like emeralds against a backdrop of blue waters and rugged mountains. To the north, the loch gradually narrows until only approximately 200 yards (about 183 metres) of dark water separate the two shores, creating a fjord-like atmosphere.


Luss Village, Rest & Be Thankful Viewpoint and Loch Fyne

Upon arrival at the western shore of the loch, a stop is made in the lovely village of Luss, where flower-adorned cottages overlook a group of wooded islands. After some free time to explore the village at your leisure, re-board your coach and continue your drive through Glen Coe and Glen Kinglas, which offer spectacular views of your surrounds. At approximately 2,891 feet, (about 881 metres) the distinctively-shaped Cobbler looms above the winding road ascending to the Rest & Be Thankful Viewpoint. A photo stop is made here for breath-taking panoramic vistas over glens and mountains before driving back down the winding road en route to the tranquil Loch Fyne. As you head along the tree-lined shore around the top of the loch, see the lovely town of Inveraray in the distance.


Inveraray Castle

Upon arrival in Inveraray, take a guided tour of Inveraray Castle. Built on the site of a 15th-century fortress and dating from 1770, Inveraray Castle is the seat of the Duke of Argyll, the head of Clan Campbell. The castle, one of the great bastions of National Heritage, is among the earliest examples of Gothic revival in Britain. Its fairy-tale exterior suggests the grandeur of its gracious interior, which reflects the many fascinating tastes of the family throughout the years. Inside, view a fine collection of family pictures and superb tapestries set in painted rooms of outstanding beauty. The Armoury Hall alone contains 1,300 pieces. Other highlights include fine 18th-century French furniture, English and Continental china, and family artefacts form a unique collection that spans the generations.



Lunch, Inveraray, Argyll Park, Firth of Clyde Ferry, and Gourock

Following your tour, re-board your coach and proceed for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, some free time is made available to explore Inveraray at your leisure before commencing the drive back to Greenock. Pass through Argyll Park, and travel alongside the relatively small Loch Eck. The contrasting scenery slips behind you as you skirt Holy Loch en route to Western Ferries Terminal. Upon arrival, embark a ferry for the short ride across the Firth of Clyde, and to the Clyde-side town of Gourock. From here, follow the coastal road back to Greenock and the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the ferry. Walking in Luss and Inveraray is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket or coat, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

A Taste of Scotland – Glengoyne Distillery

Embrace the splendid beauty, flavours and traditions of Scotland during this half-day excursion to the Glengoyne Distillery.


Blaine Valley and Campsie Hills

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the Glengoyne Distillery. En route, travel out of the city of Glasgow and into the quiet countryside of the historic Blane Valley. The Glengoyne Distillery is nestled amidst the lea of the lovely Campsie Hills, and draws its pure, soft water from a 50-foot (15-metre) cascading waterfall.


Glengoyne Distillery

For more than 150 years, the Glengoyne Distillery has continuously utilised traditional methods that have been handed down from generation-to-generation to produce a distinctive malt whisky savoured by a growing number of connoisseurs. Years of maturation in the soft Highland air mellow and mature the product, resulting in the unique quality of Glengoyne Malt Whisky, which is sold at 10 and 17 years old.


Distillery Tour and Tasting

Upon arrival, you are welcomed in the Reception Room overlooking the dam, glen and waterfall, and served a dram of Glengoyne single malt whisky. Whilst sipping your dram, watch a short video describing the distillery and production processes involved in making malt whisky. Afterward, you are escorted on an entertaining and informative tour of the distillery. Your tour concludes with a tasting of Glengoyne's 17-year-old single Highland malt whisky. Some time is made available for you to browse the small shop selling various whiskies and a selection of Scottish souvenirs before commencing the one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the Glengoyne Distillery. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, a sweater or light jacket, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in whiskey tastings. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Glasgow On Your Own

Experience the stunning Victorian cityscape and landmarks of Glasgow at your leisure during this full-day, self-guided tour of the city.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive along the River Clyde en route to Glasgow. Upon arrival in the Glasgow's city centre, your guide points out the main areas and sights of the city.


Afterward, leave the coach at Hanover Street and begin your self-guided tour of the city. You can explore the splendid landmarks, browse a wide array of charming shops, and visit some of the finest museums and art galleries in Britain.


At the conclusion of your visit, return to the coach at the pre-arranged time and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Walking in Glasgow City is at the discretion of each guest. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes, a sweater or light jacket, and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled.

Edinburgh – Scotland’s Capital

Indulge your senses with the Old World beauty of the 'Athens of the North' during this full-day sightseeing excursion through historic Edinburgh.


Edinburgh Sightseeing

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 105-minute sightseeing drive along the River Clyde en route to Edinburgh, the 'Athens of the North'. A dramatic balance exists between the high dark buildings of the city's Medieval Old Town, and the classical architecture of the Georgian New Town. The city has an impressive natural setting in the foreground of the dominating mass of Arthur's Seat, a small mountain. Upon arrival, begin your orientation tour of the city. See the excellent shops on the north side of Princes Street. The south side of Princes Street offers a splendid view over the beautiful gardens and Edinburgh Castle beyond. This historic castle is perched on an extinct volcanic rock 445 feet (133 metres) above the city.


Lunch and the Old Town

Next, proceed for a Scottish lunch at a local restaurant.. After lunch, re-board your coach and travel through the Old Town. Descending eastward along the ridge from the castle, explore an historic area known as the 'Royal Mile`. As you drive along Castle Hill, Lawnmarket, High Street and Canongate, pass by delightful, multi-storeyed houses, quaint side streets and the Palace of Holyrood, Scotland's premier Royal Palace. Dating from the late-15th century, it is the official Scottish residence of the Queen.


Edinburgh Castle

Your tour continues with a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of Scottish kings and queens for centuries. The city's most notable landmark, Edinburgh Castle overlooks the picturesque streets of the Old Town. The oldest section of the castle dates from the 12th century. During your guided tour, see the castle's many different architectural styles that reflect its importance throughout the history of Scotland. In addition, view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and Stone of Destiny, as well as the apartment in which Mary, Queen of Scots, gave birth to the future King James VI of Scotland.


Free Time in Edinburgh

Following your tour of Edinburgh Castle, some free is time is made available for you to explore Princes Street, browse the charming shops or take photographs of the castle silhouetted against the skyline. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately two-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, with cobblestone streets in the Old Town and a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes, a sweater or light jacket, and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. The tour sequence may vary.

City of Glasgow & Kelvingrove Gallery

Explore the splendid beauty, architecture and history of Glasgow during this half-day tour of the city, and a visit to the Kelvingrove Gallery.


Glasgow Sightseeing

Depart the pier for the approximately 45-minute drive along the southern shore of the River Clyde en route to Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. Glasgow's skyline is a kaleidoscope of architectural gems that encompasses the magnificent 12th-century Cathedral, stunning Victorian cityscape, art galleries and museums, and Art Nouveau-style. Upon arrival, begin your orientation drive through the centre of the city. Along the way, see the statues at the 18th-century George Square, Glasgow's oldest public square, and pass by Cathedral Square, home of the 12th-century Glasgow Cathedral, one of the most historic Medieval sites in Glasgow.


Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

Next, continue on to Kelvingrove for a visit to the Victorian-style Art Gallery & Museum. This large, imposing red sandstone structure is one of Glasgow's landmark buildings, and features a magnificent interior that has been recently restored to its original splendour. Inside, see ever-changing contemporary exhibitions that include dinosaurs, suits of armour, frightening weaponry and treasures from throughout the world. The museum also houses a superb collection of paintings by renowned artists, including Botticelli, Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Dali, whose world-renowned work, Christ of St. John of the Cross, makes a welcome return to the gallery.


A section of the museum features an exhibit that is dedicated to famous Scottish luminaries, from Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots to modern-day political figures, and includes costumes, historic artefacts, arms and some wonderful Scottish landscapes. Alternatively, you may opt to explore the museum's other enthralling galleries and exhibits independently. The museum's location also offers splendid views of the 15th-century, Gothic-style buildings of Glasgow University, which is perched on a hillside above the River Kelvin. Following your museum visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, a sweater or light jacket, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled.

Hotels in Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland

POST-CRUISE GRANDE HOTEL: HILTON GLASGOW HOTEL

With a central location in the heart of Glasgow's business district, Hilton Glasgow is conveniently situated for all the city's most popular attractions. A popular choice for business travelers and those looking to experience all that Scotland's largest city has to offer, the hotel is in close proximity to the SECC, great shopping and excellent bars and restaurants.

Extensive facilities, comfortable surroundings and professional, welcoming service ensures that your stay in Glasgow is as successful as possible.The 24-hour business center allows you to stay connected while high-speed internet access and generous work space lets busy guests remain productive within the comfort of their room.

The Livingwell Health Club, with indoor pool and a full range of cardiovascular and resistance machines, is the perfect way to relax and unwind after a busy day in Glasgow. The hotel's choice of restaurants and bars, as well as the Ocean Rooms Spa, Hair Spa and Maclays gift shop ensures that everything is on hand to make your time at the hotel enjoyable and hassle free

PRE-CRUISE GRANDE HOTEL: HILTON GLASGOW HOTEL

With a central location in the heart of Glasgow's business district, Hilton Glasgow is conveniently situated for all the city's most popular attractions. A popular choice for business travelers and those looking to experience all that Scotland's largest city has to offer, the hotel is in close proximity to the SECC, great shopping and excellent bars and restaurants.

Extensive facilities, comfortable surroundings and professional, welcoming service ensures that your stay in Glasgow is as successful as possible.The 24-hour business center allows you to stay connected while high-speed internet access and generous work space lets busy guests remain productive within the comfort of their room.

The Livingwell Health Club, with indoor pool and a full range of cardiovascular and resistance machines, is the perfect way to relax and unwind after a busy day in Glasgow. The hotel's choice of restaurants and bars, as well as the Ocean Rooms Spa, Hair Spa and Maclays gift shop ensures that everything is on hand to make your time at the hotel enjoyable and hassle free.

POST-CRUISE SIMPLY HOTEL: GLASGOW GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL

In the heart of Glasgow stands the historic Grand Central Hotel. A much-loved icon in the city, the hotel has undergone a £20 million refurbishment transforming it into one of Glasgow's most superior, conference, banqueting and short break destinations which once again takes its place as Glasgow's leading four-star hotel. The Grand Central Hotel is the leading business venue and first choice luxury hotel in Glasgow.

PRE-CRUISE SIMPLY HOTEL: GLASGOW GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL

In the heart of Glasgow stands the historic Grand Central Hotel. A much-loved icon in the city, the hotel has undergone a £20 million refurbishment transforming it into one of Glasgow's most superior, conference, banqueting and short break destinations which once again takes its place as Glasgow's leading four-star hotel. The Grand Central Hotel is the leading business venue and first choice luxury hotel in Glasgow.