Welcome to the Greenock cruise port guide. Greenock is a friendly little place of 45.000 inhabitants. It is one of the major ship construction centres in Scotland, the birthplace of James Watt and so much more. Although travel guides often don’t mention Greenock, it is worth mentioning because of the people and their attitude on life. When you step into the terminal there are so many facilities there like tourist information, clan information desk and free tours through Greenock. All these volunteers come here because they are so proud of where they come from and they want to give you a piece of it. It is absolutely a pleasure to arrive in Greenock. If it wasn’t for these people we would recommend you to get out of town, but in this case either stick around with the locals you’ll find at the cruise terminal for an unforgettable time or hop on the train to anywhere. Greenock is the gateway to many destinations in Scotland. Visit Stirling castle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk wheel or the Scottish Highlands or lowlands from here.
With 23 miles it is the largest stretch of fresh water in Britain. Loch Lomond is immortalised in the ballad: Bonnie, Bonnie, Banks. The beauty of Loch Lomond is known through Scotland.
It is hard not to fall in love with the city of Edinburg. Layers of history make this a unique city to visit and fair warning: one you get a taste of it, you want more. There are hundreds of historical sights in the city itself. Walk the royal mile from Holyrood Palace to Edinburgh Castle, visit the spot where Harry Potter was written or spend you day pub crawling. A day in Edinburgh will never be disappointing.
There is a taxi information desk in the terminal. Please know that the price for a taxi is approximately 40 pound one way to Glasgow and 30 pound per hour.
Although Greenock is officially on the lowlands the Highlands are literally across the water. Reach them by road or ferry. Take a scenic ride through these valleys to get a sense of what makes the Highlands famous throughout the world.
The Scottish train system is very good especially when traveling to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Double click here to look at the train schedules.
In the late 19th century it was the 2nd largest city of the British Empire (after London). It was the centre of the Scottish trade and industry. In the ’60’s she lost that position when the shipyards closed one by one. The past is still reflected in the architecture of the city: Classic Georgian facades, baroque palaces, victorian buildings display the wealth of the former industrial superpower.
This is the city centre of Greenock and the view you will have from the ship as soon as it is docked. Greenock is rather small with just 45.000 inhabitants and we would necessarily recommend to stick around.