SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    Go Local - Glaswegian Experience

    Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland

    Duration 6 1/2 hrs

    Sample classic Scottish dishes and delicacies made with locally sourced ingredients at several popular Glaswegian venues. In all likelihood, you will taste haggis, the national dish of Scotland. This pudding-like dish is made with meat, oatmeal, onions, spices and whisky sauce. It is often accompanied with side dishes of bashed neeps and mashed tatties, which is Scottish for turnips and potatoes, respectively. You might also be offered samples of haddock fillet, steak pie and Cullen skink, a thick seafood soup. Desserts could range from classic shortbread to cranachan, a sweet concoction with raspberries, honey, oats and whisky. Following your foodie jaunt around town, you will enjoy free time to explore Glasgow, a working-class city with first-rate cultural attractions. You might shop in the heart of downtown, admire the stately Victorian mansions and relax in a pub over a glass of St. Mungo, a local lager named for the patron saint of Glasgow.

    Need to Know:

    This tour includes about 3½ hours of walking and standing with some inclines and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who should evaluate their stamina and ability before joining the tour.

    • Adult from: $449.00 USD
    • Child from: $449.00 USD
    DURATION 6 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Snack
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    City Of Glasgow

    Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland

    Duration 3 3/4 hrs

    Greenock lies on the southern shore of the River Clyde, which has long been the lifeblood of the area, for over 200 years the famous Clyde-built ships began their voyages out to sea. Your excursion will follow the line of the river and then into the center of Glasgow. The skyline is a mixture of architectural gems, encompassing the magnificent 12th century cathedral, the stunning Victorian cityscape and revolutionary Art Nouveau. Upon arrival into the city center, your tour guide will point out the major attractions and principal buildings, including George Square and Cathedral Square, where a stop will be made to admire the cathedral from the outside.


    Beyond the cathedral, you’ll see the Necropolis – a unique, graveyard, covered with the elaborate tombs of rich industrialists and merchants. You’ll continue your stroll to see Glasgow’s oldest house dating back to 1471. In contrast, stands the modern St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art - representing the world’s major religious faiths. The coach will stop for you to take photographs of the pinnacled Gothic buildings of the second oldest university in Scotland and then continue to Greenock.


    Need to Know:

    Note: There is a considerable amount of walking on this tour, wear comfortable shoes.
    • Adult from: $75.00 USD
    • Child from: $35.00 USD
    DURATION 3 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Hop On Hop Off

    Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland

    Duration 5 hrs

    View Glasgow’s highlights at your own pace by riding a double-decker bus around town, hopping on and off whenever you please at the attractions you find most intriguing. The buses follow a continuous loop that starts in George Square and encompasses nearly two dozen destinations, so there will be plenty to explore. Although proud of its industrial, working-class roots, Glasgow has transformed itself into a cultural hub with venues such as the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Riverside, a museum on the River Clyde that holds an astonishing collection of vintage modes of transportation. Other delightful stops include the People’s Palace on Glasgow Green, Glasgow Cathedral and St. Enoch Shopping Centre. If you wish to relax over a cup of tea and a fresh-baked scone, try the Willow Tea Rooms. Or for something a bit stronger, drop by most any pub for a glass of locally made St. Mungo, a lager named for the patron saint of Glasgow.



    HIGHLIGHTS


    • Ride a double-decker bus around Glasgow, taking in the sights along the way. • Hop off the bus at attractions that you find most intriguing and stay as long as you like. • Hop on another bus whenever you wish and ride it to the next interesting attraction. • Hear commentary that describes each attraction, so you can easily pick your favorites.

    Need to Know:

    Note: Walking on this tour is at the guests’ discretion during any stops they choose to get off the bus. It is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; an umbrella; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. While the lower deck of the bus is air-conditioned, the open-top upper deck is not. The duration will vary based upon the guests’ choice of stops and time spent at each.
    • Adult from: $69.00 USD
    • Child from: $54.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Scenic Scottish Lochs

    Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland

    Duration 4 1/4 hrs

    This is an excursion with contrasting scenery as you travel from the banks of the River Clyde to catch glimpses of glens, mountains, and lochs. Cross the impressive Erskine Bridge, with views of the city of Glasgow in the distance and travel through rural areas that make up the outer districts of the metropolis. Soon Loch Lomond, known as the ‘Queen of Scottish Lakes’, comes into view. You’ll stop at the pretty village of Luss, and stroll through the village to the water’s edge, or browse in the well-stocked gift shops. From Luss, the magical loch is your constant companion as you journey further northwards passing through the villages of Tarbet and Arrochar.


    Your route then takes you to the summit viewpoint of ‘Rest and Be Thankful’, a name which speaks for itself. Here there will be a photo stop and a chance for you to enjoy the panoramic views. Descending now, you’ll see more contrasting views as you now journey along the upper reaches of Loch Fyne and through the Argyll Park to travel alongside the relatively small Loch Eck. You’ll then travel around the head of Holy Loch and into Hunter’s Quay and the terminal of Western Ferries. The 20-minute crossing of the Firth of Clyde will bring you to the Clyde-side town of Gourock. From here you’ll follow the coastal road returning to Greenock.


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    Note: The order of this tour may be reversed
    • Adult from: $85.00 USD
    • Child from: $45.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Glasgow On Your Own

    Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland

    Duration 6 1/4 hrs

    Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city, famous for its industrial past and for its resurrection as a modern cultural capital. It’s the home town of architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the site of some magnificent 19th century architecture and a city with some of the best museums and galleries in Britain. A private coach transfer service into Glasgow will enable you to spend the day at leisure, for individual sightseeing, shopping, or museum visits. Upon arrival into the city, a knowledgeable escort will greet your coach and point out the main areas of interest, and you are then free to enjoy Glasgow, returning to the same point to connect with your return transfer at the time indicated by your escort.


    Need to Know:

    Note: There is no guide on this tour and lunch is not included.
    • Adult from: $69.00 USD
    • Child from: $49.00 USD
    DURATION 6 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    A Taste of Scottish Whiskey

    Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland

    Duration 4 hrs

    For lovers of fine Scotch whisky, a visit to Scotland would not be complete without visiting a distillery that produces fine malt whiskey.


    Travel to the Glengoyne distillery (or equivalent), which has been working continuously for over 150 years. Its traditional methods have been handed down from generation to generation to produce a distinctive malt whisky, enjoyed by a growing number of connoisseurs. The essence of its flavor has been preserved for decades by using air dried barley, rather than barley dried. The result is a more subtle, complex whisky in which all of the delicate flavors, freely express themselves.


    An expert guide will introduce you to the natural elements and the time-honored tradition. You’ll learn all stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting, to distilling and maturing. See the gleaming copper stills, casks of American oak, operating equipment and methods used in the various stages of processing fine malt whisky. Following a tour of the distillery, you'll be treated to a sampling of a `wee dram`. You’ll also have some time to browse in the shop which sells a wide variety of whiskies and gifts.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Should the Glengoyne distillery not be available, another well-known distillery will be visited.
    • Adult from: $95.00 USD
    • Child from: $55.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Stirling Castle

    Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland

    Duration 5 hrs

    Scotland is a land of castles, mighty fortresses on rocky heights. In the great halls, great men discussed affairs of state against backdrops of regal splendor. Noble men and tyrants, kings and queens, lords and commoners all made their entrances and exits and now only the stones remain to speak of centuries of drama. Stirling, situated on one of the many loops of the River Forth beckons to you from whichever way you approach. It rises abruptly from the flat plains; a fortress-crowned rock with a grey town clinging to its steep sides - a colorful but blood-stained history book. Because of its strategic position, guarding the route north, this was a fortress town since earliest times; bitterly fought over, bravely defended. The castle has appropriately been called the 'Key to Scotland'.


    As a result its possession has been the focus of contention for many centuries, with battles like Bannockburn being fought in its shadow. You’ll drive through the old town to arrive at the castle where every inch seems drenched in history and interest. The present castle dates mainly from the 15th and 16th centuries when it was a principal royal residence. James III was born here in 1451, James V spent his childhood here, and the infant Mary Queen of Scots was crowned here on 9 September 1543. Work in the 16th century largely shaped the structure as it survives today. Discover the main features of the central turreted gatehouse with its flanking towers and curtain wall, the Great Hall, the Palace. This is one of the earliest Renaissance buildings in Scotland. Then enjoy the splendid panoramic views from the battlements.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Warm clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended.
    • Adult from: $105.00 USD
    • Child from: $65.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2

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Printed on Tuesday, August 03, 2021 at 04:05pm