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Shore Excursions from Greenock

Highland Lochs, Glens & Castles Shore Excursion

To book this tour call us on 0141 887 6777 or online Book Now

A full day shore excursion from the port of Greenock (Glasgow), taking in some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer. From shimmering Lochs and breathtaking mountain scenery to historic castles and castle ruins, enjoy the incredible views and settings of Argyll. Visit the magnificent Inveraray Castle and on our return journey back to Greenock we will stop by for some refreshments at the 313 year old haunted Drovers Inn.

Departing from the Ocean Terminal Greenock we cross the Erskine Bridge which looks down on Dumbarton Castle. In 1305 Sir John Menteith betrayed William Wallace (Braveheart) who was imprisoned here before being marched to London where he was condemned as a traitor to the King and sentenced to death without trial. Our route takes us along the west side of Loch Lomond around the head of Loch Long by very steep rocky mountains known as the Arrochar Alps to the “Rest and be Thankful”. These words were etched on a stone near the junction of the A83 and the B828, placed there by soldiers who built the original military road in 1753. The road was so long and steep at the end, that it was traditional for travellers to rest at the top and be thankful for having reached the highest point.

From here we make the short drive to Inveraray, 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 a magnificent piece of Scottish Georgian architecture. We will have around 2 hours here, where you can visit the iconic Inveraray Castle and gardens. Alternatively you can experience Inveraray Courtroom and Jail where actual records for every person who was sentenced and imprisoned there are held. Discover how the wrongdoers were treated before the days of prisons.

From Inveraray we travel to the imposing Kilchurn Castle, which stands at the head of Loch Awe in a backdrop of soaring mountains. We will briefly stop here by the roadside to get some photos of this mid 15th century castle. On our journey back towards Loch Lomond we will have time for a light bite and some refreshments at the Drovers Inn. For over 313 years the Drovers has welcomed the great and good including the infamous Rob Roy MacGregor. Said to be “haunted” there are many tales and sightings of ghouls and ghosts wandering around the Drovers Inn.

Our last stop of the day will be at the picturesque highland village of Luss. There has been a settlement here for over a thousand years at least and it is known that the Vikings passed through Luss in 1263 plundering the nearby communities. You can stroll along the shores of Loch Lomond or just wander around the village. Mackessogs Church is a fascinating place to visit with items of historical interest both inside and outside the church. Of particular interest is the “hog back” Viking grave dating from around the 11th century.

From Luss we will make our way back to the Port of Greenock where our tour ends.

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.

Departs
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.

Returns
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 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 The Drovers Inn.

Optional Extras

Inveraray Castle (Open 1st April – 31st October 2019)
Adults £11.00
Seniors £10.00
Students £10.00 (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

FAQs

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.

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, as we are a Glasgow based company the only port which we serve is Greenock.

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

To book this tour call us on 0141 887 6777 or online Book Now
Highland Lochs, Glens & Castles Shore Excursion

Costs:
Adults 16-59
£52.00

Seniors 60+, Students, Children 5-15
£50.00

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

Please note we are unable to take children under 5 years of age.

 

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