Greenock may only be 25 miles from Glasgow, but it may as well be in a different world altogether.
This stunning fishing village was the site of the very first dock built on the Clyde. That was in 1711. Since then Greenock has become a beautiful town with a long, fascinating history.
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Some of the buildings here – particularly the ones from the Victorian era – are amongst the most beautiful in Scotland. This includes the 245 foot Victoria Tower with, although incomplete, is still stunning.
There is a lot to do here. The most popular attraction is the McLean Museum and Art Gallery which is full of collections relating to all aspects of life in the area including much information on James Watt who was born in Greenock. As well as Scottish artefacts there is also Egyptian and natural history collections.
Also on the must see list is the Old West Kirk. This church dates back to 1591 and features a stained glass window designed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
For those who love to enjoy the great outdoors the Greenock Cut is one of the 50 best walks in Scotland. From the top of the aqueduct it is possible to see some of the best views of the Clyde.
Cruises from Greenock
Sorry, no ferry routes can be found from Greenock.
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|Cruise line||Typical itinerary||Prices|
|Greenock Ports such as Rouen; Honfleur; Cobh; Dublin; Belfast||See prices °|
|Greenock Ports such as Amsterdam; Ghent; Dublin; Antwerp; Rouen; Hornfleur; Cobh; Kirkwall; Torshavn; Portree; Hamburg||See prices|
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Clydeport, Greenock Ocean Terminal, Patrick Street, Greenock, PA16 8UU, United Kingdom
The Clydeport terminal building is tucked away off Clarence Street, just off the A770. The A770 is a coastal road that runs through Gourock and Ardgowan looping around to join the A78.
The A78 is itself a lengthy coastal road that connects to the A8 and M8 to the east and to the A77 south of Kilmarnock at Ayr.
Greenock is easily accessible from Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh as well as for those living in the highlands of Scotland. It's 110 miles (about 177 kilometres) from the England-Scotland border at Gretna Green, just north of Carlisle
Car parking is available at the port and must be pre-booked through your cruise line.
Getting there by coach
Greenock does not benefit from a National Express service although neighbouring Glasgow does at Buchanan Bus Station. From here it's a short 30 minute train journey to Greenock.
The 538 coach service north connects Birmingham to Inverness via Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool, Manchester. Carlisle, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen.
Route 590 connects Scotland with London with coaches travelling from Inverness through Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Carlisle, Birmingham, and Heathrow Airport before arriving in central London.
Getting there by train
Greenock Central and Greenock West are the nearest train stations and both are around a 15 minute walk (or a short taxi ride) to the port. Both are small stations with regular services connecting to Gourock and Glasgow.
Long distance journeys will transfer through Glasgow Central station en-route to the town. The journey time from Edinburgh is a reasonable 2½ hours. Manchester is 4½ hours away, Birmingham is 5½ hours away by train, London is 6 hours away, and Cardiff is an arduous 7½ hour journey requiring up to three train changes. Plan your journey here.