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Shore Excursions from Greenock

Highland Lochs, Glens & Castles Shore Excursion

Our Highland Lochs, Glens & Castles shore excursion from the port of Greenock (Glasgow), will take you to some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer.

From shimmering lochs and breath-taking mountain scenery to historic castles and atmospheric ruins, enjoy the incredible views and settings of Argyll. See how many Munros (Scottish mountains over 3000 feet) you can tick off.

Visit magnificent Inveraray Castle and gardens and enjoy refreshments at traditional Highland pub, the 315 year-old haunted Drovers Inn. In addition to this, we'll also visit the pretty highland village of Luss.

Main Departure Point
Greenock Ocean Terminal

Prices From: £55.00 per person

Please note we are unable to take children under 5.

See the Details & FAQ tab for optional extra costs and further information.

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Highland Lochs, Glens & Castles Shore Excursion

Departing from Ocean Terminal Greenock we cross the River Clyde via the Erskine Bridge which looks down on Dumbarton Castle. This is Scotland’s ancient capital, a medieval power base and visiting place of Mary, Queen of Scots as a child.

This is also the spot where in 1305 William Wallace was betrayed by Sir John Menteith. Keeper of the castle, Mentieth imprisoned Wallace at Dumbarton Castle before handing him over to the English. Scotland’s ‘Braveheart’ was marched to London where he was condemned as a traitor to the King and then sentenced to death without trial.

Our route will then take us along the western side of Loch Lomond and around the head of Loch Long. From there we climb the steep rocky mountain pass to the ‘Rest and be Thankful’. The name comes from the words etched on a stone by soldiers who built the original military road in 1753. The road was so long and steep that it was tradition for weary travellers to rest at the top. While resting they would be thankful for having reached the highest point. We'll make a short stop here to enjoy the view.

A short drive from here and we'll arrive in Inveraray. This is a classic example of an 18th century planned town, built by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, chief of the powerful Clan Campbell. With its distinctive white-washed buildings, the town is certainly a magnificent piece of Scottish Georgian architecture.

With around two hours here, you can choose to explore the majestic Inveraray Castle and its spectacular gardens. On the other hand, for something a little different you may like to experience life behind bars! At the award-winning Inveraray Jail & County Court you’ll take a step back to the brutal times of 19th century Scotland when even children were locked up for minor crimes. The prison has actual records for every person who was sentenced and imprisoned here and actors bring their terrifying stories to life.

From Inveraray, we'll then travel to the imposing Kilchurn Castle, which stands at the head of Loch Awe in a backdrop of soaring mountains. We’ll have a brief stop for photos at this mid 15th century castle.

On our road trip back towards Loch Lomond there’s time for a light bite and some refreshments at traditional Scottish pub the Drovers Inn. For 315 years the Drovers has welcomed the great and good including the infamous outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. It's also said to be haunted, there are many tales and sightings of ghouls and ghosts wandering around its creaking corridors.

Our last stop of the day is on Loch Lomond’s shores at the picturesque highland village of Luss. This conservation village is a favourite stop for tourists and also for pilgrims, having been a Christian settlement for at least 1500 years.

There’s evidence of the Vikings having plundered the area in 1263 and you can see their legacy in the ‘hogback’ grave, a stone sculpture, in the ancient churchyard. In addition, the interior of Luss Parish Church, founded by the Celtic Saint MacKessog, has been restored to its former glory and features a unique timber roof architecture and stunning stained glass. Alternatively, you may just want to take a stroll along the shores of Loch Lomond or have a wander around this pretty little village.

Finally, from Luss we return you to the Port of Greenock where our Highland Lochs, Glens & Castle shore excursion ends.

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Departure & Return Information
Our shore excursions take around 8.5 hours to complete. There are occasions where we have to shorten the length of the excursion due to the ships departure time. In all events we aim to be back at port a minimum of one hour prior to your ships departure time. Your email confirmation will detail the departure time of your excursion.

Greenock Ocean Terminal
Our coaches are parked at the Patrick St exit. There are terminal staff members who will direct you to the Patrick St exit. When you get there you will see your Discover Scotland Tours driver-guide waiting with a sign.

Return Drop Off Point
Greenock Ocean Terminal.

Tour Inclusions
Costs are for transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini coach and the services of an English speaking driver-guide.

Tour Exclusions
Lunch, refreshments and entry to visitor attractions.

Tour Highlights
Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Ben Lomond, Highland Village of Luss, Arrochar Alps, Rest and be Thankful, Inveraray Castle, Inveraray Courtroom and Jail, Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe and finally The Drovers Inn.

Optional Extras

Inveraray Castle (Open 1st April - 31st October 2019)
Adults £12.50
Seniors £11.00
Students £11.00 (with valid ID)
Child £8.00

Inveraray Jail
Adults £11.50
Seniors £10.45
Students £8.95 (with valid ID)
Child £6.95

All payable on the day


Where do we meet the coach?

Our coaches park by the Patrick Street exit gate to the terminal. There will be members of terminal staff to guide you in the correct direction upon exiting the ship. You will also see your Driver-Guide standing with a sign as you approach the exit.

How long does our excursion last?

Our Shore Excursions depart one hour after the ship has docked and are due to return around 1 ½ hours before departure in most cases. Exact timings are dependent on the cruise times so please ask if you require more details.

What happens if our ship is unable to dock?

In the unlikely event that your ship is unable to dock - you will receive a full refund.

Do you shore excursions only depart from Greenock Ocean Terminal? (What ports do you leave from?)

Yes we are a Glasgow based company, therefore the only port we serve is Greenock.

Departure Time: Your email confirmation will detail your departure time.

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