SCOTLAND

GLASGOW (GREENOCK)

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Greenock, only a stone’s throw from Glasgow, is the deepwater port for Scotland’s largest, and many would say most exciting, city.

The site of a human settlement as early as 4000 B.C.E., Glasgow and its residents endured occupation by the Romans (who withdrew in 162 C.E., only eight years after completing the Antonine Wall which sits a few miles north of the current city limits). Glasgow’s flourishing medieval and Renaissance eras began when its church was elevated to the status of a cathedral around 1120, and furthered when it received a Royal Charter from William the Lion some 60 years later.

While much of the old city that Daniel Defoe praised in 1707 as “the cleanest and beautifullest, and best built city in Britain, London excepted,” has been demolished, today’s Glasgow is a monument to Victorian architecture at its finest. It is worth a visit if only to have a look at its magnificent built heritage, though the city offers much more.

Glasgow has reinvented itself many times over the years. Today, brushing aside its onetime reputation for grime and crime following rapid deindustrialization in the 20th century, it has become a cosmopolitan center of culture and a vibrant city of universities, art and music.

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WHAT TO SEE

Learn about the must-see sites to visit around Greenock.

Docking at Greenock puts you within easy reach of some of Scotland’s most popular destinations. Enjoy your day sightseeing in Glasgow or Edinburgh; journey to the countryside to see the rugged highlands and picturesque Loch Lomond; take a tour of a medieval castle; or spend a leisurely day in town, walking the historic city or hiking on nearby trails.

Greenock

Greenock itself is alive with history. Beyond museums, the city’s streets and architecture tell the tale of a once-thriving maritime port that connected Scotland with the world. Outside the city, a number of hikes let you stretch your legs and enjoy sweeping vistas of the harbor.

You’ll find great views of the city and the harbor from Lyle Hill or Greenock Cut Aqueduct. The Greenock Cut walk is considered one of the most scenic in Scotland. In town, highlights include the McLean Museum of Art, the Old West Kirk, a magnificent stone church dating from 1591 and the dramatic Victoria Tower.

Shopping

The Oak Mall is Greenock’s main shopping center, offering a wide range of shops, from fashion and jewelry to gaming and gift cards. You’ll also find a number of shops on both West Blackhall and Cathcart streets. Or, if your inner shopaholic is yearning for some serious retail therapy, travel by train 45 minutes to Glasgow (trains leave every 20 minutes during the day), where you can indulge in the Style Mile, a bustling square in the center of town boasting over 200 brand name, designer and one-off specialty shops and boutiques. In addition to the haute couture found on Argyle Street and the edgy streetwear found on Buchanan Street, Glasgow also offers a number of fab little shops selling handcrafted jewelry, vintage clothing and decor, and much more.

Glasgow

Just 25 miles to the east along the River Clyde, Glasgow is a quick train, car or motor coach trip away. There you’ll discover trendy boutiques, museums, a rich cultural life, distinctive architecture and design and world-class restaurants. The city has tours for many tastes, including Glengoyne Distillery, Tennents Wellpark Brewery or the picturesque campus of The University of Glasgow.
Highlights of Glasgow include The Burrell Collection, which is located in a stunning woodland setting and offers free admission. Art lovers will also enjoy the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Devotees of Art Nouveau style can visit a number of sites featuring the architecture and design of Glasgow’s own Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is about 90 miles east (approximately 2 hours by car, train or motor coach). The centuries-old Edinburgh Castle towers dramatically over this lively, bustling city that is famous for its arts and theatre scene, stunning gardens, shops, pubs and bohemian spirit.

Arthur’s Seat 

An extinct volcano located in Holyrood Park, offers a breathtaking view of the entire city.

Victoria Street

If you’re looking for more down-to-Earth adventures, take a stroll down Victoria Street to sample the city’s trendy boutiques and cafés.

Loch Lomond

Considered one of Britain’s natural wonders, Loch Lomond is the largest lake in Great Britain. As part of Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park, there’s much to explore here—both by boat and by footpath.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Travel Information

What to know before you go to Greenock, Scotland.

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Language

Scotland’s official language is English, though you’ll hear locals speak a Scottish English dialect, which features its own distinctive grammar, pronunciation and expressions. A small number of Scots also still speak Scottish Gaelic, the region’s indigenous language.

Weather

Since everywhere in Scotland is near to water and its climate is moderated by the Gulf Stream, temperatures don’t tend to get extreme. The average summer high for Glasgow is about 66° F (19° C). Depending on where you travel (east to Edinburgh or into the Highlands), the weather could be much different than when you leave the ship, so be prepared. Also, note that because at Scotland’s latitude, the sun won’t set in summer until about 10:00 PM.

Gangways

Typically, gangways provide a minimal incline for embarking and disembarking the ship. However, due to tidal changes at this port, there will be times when the gangway will be at a steep incline. In certain situations, it may be difficult or impossible for a Guest with limited mobility and/or using a wheelchair or mobility device to embark or disembark the ship.

How to Pay

The British pound is the official currency of Scotland, though Scottish banks issue their own pounds, which are equal in value. You can exchange U.S. dollars or euros for pounds in most Scottish post offices or on board your cruise ship. We advise you to request your exchanged notes or change in British pounds, as they’ll be easier to use outside of Scotland. Major credit cards are also accepted.

A tip of around 10% is recommended for cab drivers and restaurant service.

Getting Around

A number of transportation options are available to Guests disembarking at Greenock. A queue of taxis will normally be waiting at the cruise terminal when your ship docks.

The Greenock West and Central railway stops are located a few blocks from your ship terminal. There, you can board trains to Glasgow Central Station (about a 35-minute ride) and Edinburgh (about a 2-hour-and-15-minute ride) as well as other local stops. Check www.scotrail.co.uk for times and fare information.

A number of bus lines connect Greenock with nearby communities, including regular service to Glasgow. Rates, schedules and routes can be found at www.mcgillsbuses.co.uk.

Safety in Greenock

Greenock is a popular travel destination and considered very safe, but Disney Cruise Line Guests are always advised to follow safety precautions to protect valuables.

Instances of pickpocketing activity may increase in busy tourist areas and outdoor festivals. Always be conscious of your personal belongings and surroundings. It is a good practice to keep your wallet in your front pocket and all bags securely zipped.

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Depending on your time, itinerary and preferences, Glasgow is less than one hour by bus from Edinburgh.
Always have correct change if taking a public bus, as many drivers won’t have (or give you) change.