Shore Excursions from Greenock

Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle & Trossachs Shore Excursion

From the port of Greenock (Glasgow), sit back, relax and admire the beauty and tranquillity of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. With picture postcard views at every corner, its forest covered mountains and shimmering highland lochs will take your breath away. You’ll have time to wander around the picturesque highland village of Luss and to unearth the legends of one of Scotland’s most important castles, Stirling Castle. Home of the Stuart Kings and of Mary, Queen of Scots, you too can explore this grand castle where knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to the Royal Court and a powerful stronghold.

Main Departure Point
Greenock Ocean Terminal

Costs:
Adults 16-59: £52.00
Seniors 60+, Students: £50.00
Children 5-15: £50.00

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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Departing from Greenock Ocean Terminal, your luxury mini coach transports you to Luss, one of Scotland’s prettiest highland villages sitting on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. As you stroll around the village you’ll find rows of little cottages that come alive in spring and summer with over-flowing floral displays. These avenues of blooms will lead you to the pier where you can enjoy panoramic views of Loch Lomond and of Ben Lomond on the other side.

Although developed in the 18th and 19th centuries to house workers from nearby slate quarries, there has actually been a Christian settlement here for at least 1500 years. The village’s beautifully restored Church, founded by Celtic Saint MacKessog, makes for a fascinating visit. The ancient graveyard is even more curious. We know that the Vikings, led by King Haakon, passed through Luss in 1263 as they plundered local communities. In the churchyard you’ll find an example of their ‘hogback’ grave, a stone sculpture thought to date back to that 1263 raid.

From Luss our small group tour heads through the dramatic Dukes Pass, one of Scotland’s most scenic drives, deep into the Trossachs, dubbed the ‘Highlands in miniature’ thanks to their outstanding beauty.

The name ‘Trossachs’ comes from the Gaelic meaning ‘the bristly country’. Its thick forest, gushing waterfalls and tranquil lochs were the backyard of one of Scotland’s most notorious outlaws Rob Roy MacGregor, who gained notoriety as a bandit and soldier but ended up a Scottish folk hero. He’s immortalised in the film Rob Roy and in the historical novel of the same name by Sir Walter Scott, who was also inspired by this wild, romantic landscape to pen his epic poem Lady of the Lake.

A tour of Scotland wouldn’t be complete without photographs of our unofficial mascot, the long-horned Highland cow. Your friendly driver-guide will be sure to point out our ‘hairy coos’ on your journey.

We stop for lunch in the bustling tourist town of Callander. Crammed with teashops and souvenir opportunities, Callander is often described as ‘the gateway to the Highlands’.

After lunch we’ll make a short stop for photos at Doune Castle which dates back to the late 14th century. Cult comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail turned it into Swamp Castle, Castle Anthrax and Camelot. More recently this picturesque keep was cast as Winterfell in Game of Thrones and the MacKenzie ancestral seat of Castle Leoch in the TV adaption of the Outlander novels.

From an atmospheric ruin to splendid Stirling Castle, one of the best preserved Renaissance buildings in the country which has been returned to its original glory. Follow in the footsteps of Scotland’s Stuart Kings, of Mary, Queen of Scots and of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

You’ll have enough time for a leisurely visit to the castle to learn about key moments in Scotland’s long, violent and bloody history. It wouldn’t be a Scottish castle if it hadn’t witnessed some historic battles. In its shadows are the sites of the Battle of Stirling Bridge where William Wallace (of Braveheart fame) defeated a much larger English army in 1297, and Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce did the same in 1314.

Leaving Stirling Castle we head west and, time permitting, make a quick stop in Glasgow’s most famous square, George Square. Here your friendly driver-guide will give you a flavour of Scotland’s most vibrant city and point out its stunning architecture before dropping you off at the port of Greenock where your 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.

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.

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 fees to visitor attractions.

Tour Highlights
Loch Lomond, Ben Lomond, Highland Village of Luss, The Trossachs, Callander, Stirling Castle & Glasgow.

Optional Extras

Stirling Castle
Adults £16.00
Seniors £12.80
Students £16.00
Child £9.60

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.

Can we reserve our tickets for Stirling Castle in advance?

Advance booking isn’t necessary. You can pre-book on the Historic and Environment Scotland Website if you would like to.

Are there guided tours available at Stirling Castle?

Stirling Castle currently has guided tours throughout the day which are included in your Stirling Castle ticket price. Timings of these tours are not guaranteed to coincide with our arrival times however. Audio Guides are also available to hire for a small fee when you are inside the castle.

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

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