We get asked this question a lot, and understand your concerns about missing your ship’s departure, but it is of course in our interests to ensure that our guests are back in time (our reputation is very important to us!) We always ensure that we drop our guests back at port at least one hour prior to departure. We have a 100% success rate and are usually a little early.
Our Glasgow (Greenock) shore excursion from the Royal Princess is a fantastic introduction to Scotland, visiting key sights within this diverse region.
The tour starts with a boat ride up Loch Lomond, dropping you off in the charming conservation village of Luss. From here we drive through the Trossachs National Park (Rob Roy country) to the iconic Stirling Castle, where you will have ample time to explore. It’s then on to Scotland’s cultural capital (and friendliest city!) of Glasgow, where you will have the opportunity to visit the world-class Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, or visit some of the quaint and traditional bars in the nearby, “Highland Triangle”.
Our 2019 departures will be announced in October 2018 – watch this space..or contact us to be advised when booking is available
£29 of admission fees included in price!
Guaranteed departures, we never cancel tours … ever!
High spec coach with A/C, onboard bathroom and comfortable reclining seats
A separate tour guide and driver on every tour
Locally owned and operated
Glasgow Greenock; your inaugural Scottish port, and we will make sure that your first day in Scotland sets the bar very high for the rest of your trip! As you disembark your WOW guide and driver will be there to give you a warm welcome and to show you to the well-appointed coach bright and early, as we depart at 7.30am (*see below for 22nd August timings) for our action-packed day.
As we drive east along the River Clyde your guide will give you an insight into how, “Glasgow made the Clyde and the Clyde made Glasgow”. Alongside this waterway, from the late 19th Century up until the 1950s, over 75% of the world’s ships were built, with the Clyde being key to Glasgow’s development and shaping world events such as WW1, WW2 and The American Civil War.
Loch Lomond Mini-Cruise (2)
As we head north you will start to catch glimpses of some of the 21 Munros (Scottish mountains with a summit of more than 3000ft) in the most popular of Scotland’s two national parks; Loch Lomond and The Trossachs. After approximately 50 minutes our first stop is in the town of Balloch, situated on the southern shores of Loch Lomond.
From here we will board a local water taxi and will embark on a relaxing one hour cruise of this majestic body of water. As we pass by the islands on the loch, with the distant peak of Ben Lomond as a stunning backdrop, you can sit back and enjoy the onboard commentary from Scottish archaeologist, historian and TV presenter; Neil Oliver. Your WOW guide and skipper will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
The cruise ticket (£13.50) is included in the tour price.
Historic village of Luss (2)
The ancient village of Luss is popular with Loch Lomond day trippers, but you will be the only ones arriving in style, by boat! You will disembark from the private water taxi at the cute pier, initially avoiding the coach park crowds as you meander into this ancient conservation village. You will have approximately 30 minutes to take a wander around the medieval church; historic 6th century graveyard; picture postcard stone cottages with beautiful floral displays; cafes and quaint shops.
Scenic Drive to Stirling (3)
After an enjoyable morning exploring Loch Lomond it is now time to board the coach and head on to Stirling Castle. As we drive through lush green farmland your guide will captivate you with tales of the region’s past, including those of the legendary cattle rustler Rob Roy MacGregor; Scotland’s very own Robin Hood. (For a pre-tour taster of this legendary historic outlaw why not watch the 1995 film, “Rob Roy”).
After approximately an hour we will arrive in the vibrant historic city of Stirling.
Stirling Castle (3)
With its location on a high volcanic crag rivalling Edinburgh Castle’s for its magnificence, Stirling Castle is visible for miles around. As one of the country’s largest and most important castles it is definitely an essential component of any visit to central Scotland!
Your WOW guide will give you a potted history of the castle on a short tour. You will then have time to explore at your leisure, with particular highlights being the elegant Chapel Royal, the splendidly decorated Royal Palace and the lavish Great Hall.
You can read more about Stirling Castle and its fascinating history in our blog.
Entrance to the castle (£15) is included in the tour price.
Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery (4)
With its 22 themed, state of the art galleries and over 8000 exhibits on display, it is unsurprising that Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is the UK’s most visited museum outside of London. Collections include natural history, armour and art, with the most famous painting on display being the Salvador Dali masterpiece, ‘Christ of St John of the Cross’. This museum truly is one of Scotland’s cultural highlights.
You will have around 1 ½ hours to enjoy this museum and art gallery and, if the sun is shining, you may also wish to spend some time in the surrounding Kelvingrove Park.
OR Glasgow Bars (4)
Alternatively, you may wish to enjoy one of Scotland’s other “cultural highlights”; Glasgow West End’s legendary pub scene! You will be dropped off at Kelvingrove, from where there are many traditional pubs within easy walking distance. You may wish to start across the road at the contemporary and trendy BrewDog, before heading for a complete contrast in “the Highland Triangle” – an aptly named area which boasts the biggest concentration of proper “Scottish” bars in the city. There is a long tradition of Scottish Highlanders and Islanders settling in this corner of Glasgow so, be sure to listen out for the native Gaelic tongue if you pop in for a pint at The Islay Inn, The Ben Nevis, The Park Bar or The Snaffle Bit.
You’ll be sure of a warm welcome at these bars in Scotland’s friendliest city, but don’t be tempted by the locals to stay too long!! At around 3.30pm, it’s time to jump back on the coach and head back to your ship. Next stop Invergordon (Inverness); hopefully see you there!
*22nd August Tour - Important information
On 22nd August the tour will depart at 8.45am. The tour will visit the same places, but the order will be changed; we will visit Stirling Castle first, followed by Glasgow, then we will have a cruise on Loch Lomond, before returning to the ship at 6pm.
When you book the our shore excursions from Glasgow Greenock on you are booking the following:
Comfortable touring coach featuring AC, on-board restroom and PA system
Pick-up directly across from the port gates
Money back guarantee if your ship is unable to reach port
Enthusiastic and experienced tour guide
Free entry to Stirling Castle Castle and Loch Lomond mini-cruise (worth £28.50)
Visit Scotland 5 star rated tour operator
TripAdvisor 5 star rated tour operator
A company which has taken over 5000 guests on shore excursions over the last six years, returning each and every one to the port on time
We booked WOW Scotland based on positive reviews…We have a keener appreciation for Scottish history and culture now…Captured beautiful scenery and relevant sites…Back to the ship on time. Highly recommended at a much more reasonable rate than the ship tour.
Tour guide Jonathan was excellent and seemingly knew everything with incredible detail. Of all our tours, he and WOW Scotland was by far the best. It was the only one where we had both a driver and tour guide. HIGHLY RECOMMEND with no reservations.
The WOW Scotland Tour was our best of a 2 week cruise. They met us just outside the gates of the port; clear signs, friendly faces. We walked a short block to a gleaming new bus. Sandi was our tour guide and Graham our driver. They were so professional and knowledgeable…Don’t miss this tour and this team!
We took shore excursions on each of our Caribbean Princess 12 day British Isle tour and WOW Scotland was the best. My wife and I want to make a return visit to Scotland and we will contact WOW again.
Frequently Asked Questions:
If you’ve any questions about the Greenock shore tour you should find the answer by clicking on the relevant section. Should your question not be answered please contact us and we’ll be very happy to help.
Yes! We know that you have a choice of tours, and we are always reviewing our offering to ensure that we are providing the best tour, combined with the best value for money and best customer care, from the minute you land on our website. We are confident that we do this, and are proud to have been awarded a 5 star rating from VisitScotland in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for providing “exceptional” tours.
Also, we have been consistently rated as “excellent” on Trip Advisor (as of September 2018 we had 1265 5 star reviews) and are proud to be ranked as the number 1 activity in Inverness.
For those who are unsure about booking with a small company, please click on any of the following links for assurance that we are a member of the national tourism body; Visit Scotland and also of the local tourism body; Visit Loch Ness. WOW Scotland has also featured in a number of local and national publications including Wanderlust, Coast Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Vancouver Sun, Scotland Outdoors Magazine, Scottish Life magazine (Autumn 2013 p 49), German TV programme Euromaxx and the Inverness Courier (our logo has even featured in the Hollywood blockbuster Johnny English Reborn..and we are looking out for logo in a new Hollywood film soon – watch this space!).
All payments are taken through our secure online booking system, which utilises Stripe. We accept almost any debit and credit card, including American Express (we cannot accept Diner’s Card or Discover).
If your ship is unable to reach port we will refund the full cost of your tour. We know that this is highly unusual, but want to offer our customers the best experience and ensure that you have the confidence to book in advance.
- If you cancel your shore tour up to 14 days prior to the tour you will be refunded 100% of your tour price (note that any fees paid for seat upgrades are non-refundable)
- If you cancel your shore tour between 7-14 days prior to departures you will be given a 50% refund (note that any fees paid for seat upgrades are non-refundable)
- If you cancel within 7 days days no refund will be given. However, if we are able to re-sell your place then we may be able to issue up to a 50% refund, so please let us know if you need to cancel, no matter how last minute it is.
Unfortunately we cannot make exceptions to these rules, as it would be unfair to treat customers differently.
In order that you do not lose out, if you have to cancel your tour due to unforeseen circumstances, we do strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance with integral cancellation insurance.
If the tour meets or exceeds your expectations then please feel free to tip as it is always very much appreciated. However, please rest assured that tips are not expected in Scotland, so no offence will be taken if you don’t tip. It is worth noting that, if there is a separate driver and tour guide on your tour, they always split any tips equally, so it is fine to give money to either one of them.
Our terms and conditions can be found here. You’ll find a general overview of our cancellation terms in this FAQ section if you don’t want to read though all the T&Cs!
Due to high demand for our tours, we are unable to secure your booking unless you pay the full amount in advance. That being said, you are welcome to come to the bus stop in the morning and, if there are places available, you can join the tour and book/pay online on our website.
Yes, if you book onto one of our tours then we will run this tour, regardless if anyone else has booked on or not!
We have never had to cancel a tour yet but, if the weather forecast was so bad that we considered it dangerous to travel, then we may have to cancel a tour. However, this is extremely unlikely, and we would do our utmost to accommodate you on an alternative date.
In 2019 we are offering scheduled tours from most ships from Invergordon, including: Crown Princess; Pacific Princess; Celebrity Reflection; Norwegian Spirit, Pearl & Getaway; Brilliance of the Seas; Costa Mediterranea; Marco Polo; Magellan; Columbus; MS Zuiderdam, Prinsendam, Rotterdam & Koningsdam; MSC Orchestra & Preziosa. If your ship isn’t available to book please get in touch as we may still be able to offer you something.
We can also offer private coach tours from every cruise ship that docks at Invergordon.
From Greenock and South Queensferry we are only offering tours from selected ships in 2019, but may be available for private coach tours from other ships.
We know that you have a choice of tours, and we are always reviewing our offering to ensure that we are providing the best tour, combined with the best value for money and best customer care, from the minute you land on our website. We are confident that we do this, and are proud to have been awarded a 5 star rating from VisitScotland in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for providing “exceptional” tours.
Also, we have been consistently rated as “excellent” on Trip Advisor as of October 2018 1266 out of 1405 reviews rate us as excellent) and are proud to be ranked as the number 1 activity in Inverness.
For those who are unsure about booking with a small company, please click on any of the following links for assurance that we are a member of the national tourism body; Visit Scotland and also of the local tourism body; Visit Loch Ness.
It is advisable to bring some cash (GBP £) on all tours. Credit/debit cards are widely accepted but, in some small shops (or for smaller purchases), cash is the only option.
Please note that American Express is not commonly accepted in Scotland, but Visa and Mastercard should be fine. Unfortunately very few places will accept other currencies such as Euros or US dollars.
We work closely with a number of agents all over the world and welcome enquiries from all travel agents. Whilst we are unable to offer travel agent discounts on private tours, we can offer commission on our scheduled coach tours, for those agents who are sending us their clients on a regular basis.
At the moment we only offer tours in English, and we are unable to offer any translation services. This is something which we are working to improve in the future but, for now, hopefully the fantastic Highland scenery can speak for itself!
Yes, lots! Check out our TripAdvisor ratings to see what our customers say about us (we are currently number 1 in Inverness, have 5 stars and have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence – which means we rate amongst the top 10% of TripAdvisor businesses worldwide – every year since we started the business in 2010!)
In 2019 we will be operating two main vehicles on this route; a 28-seater and a 30-seater. Both vehicles are very well-appointed, with panoramic windows, comfortable reclining seats and on-board WiFi. You can rest assured that you will be able to relax and enjoy the majestic scenery in complete comfort and, with our smaller group size, you are guaranteed a more personal experience.
Your guide will be waiting outside of the port gates and the vehicle will be a short walk away.
On this tour, the one hour cruise on Loch Lomond (£13.50) and admission to Stirling Castle (£15) are included in the tour price. There are no admission charges at any other places.
If you wish to purchase a sandwich lunch (can be pre-ordered on the coach) the price of this will be approximately £5 and we are only able to accept payment in cash.
If you wish to purchase a sandwich lunch (can be pre-ordered on the coach) the price of this will be £5 and we are only able to accept payment in cash.
You may wish to bring money with you for souvenirs and additional refreshments and we would recommend cash in GBP (£) or card, as other currencies such as US dollars or Euros are not generally accepted. Note that credit and debit cards will be accepted almost everywhere on the tour, although very small shops may charge a small fee to use card.
On this tour, the one hour cruise on Loch Lomond (£13.50) and admission to Stirling Castle (£15) are included in the tour price. There are no admission charges at any other places.
In the morning you will be given a menu on the coach and, if you wish to pre-order a sandwich lunch, you can do this with your guide. The lunch is priced at £5 per person and includes your choice of baguette, a soft drink (Coke, Diet Coke or water) and ready salted crisps/potato chips.
You can choose from the following baguette fillings:
- Chicken club
- Tuna, red onion, salad and red pepper mayonnaise
- Cheese and ham
- Cheese salad
- Vegan bean wrap
We will arrive at Stirling Castle at around 11am, and you will have up to two hours there. Whilst you are at Stirling Castle your guide will collect the freshly made baguettes and will deliver them to you on the coach at 1pm. You can then eat your baguettes on the 45 minute drive to our next stop. Please note that there are no gluten free options available but you are more than welcome to bring your own meals, and there will be opportunities to purchase alternative food at Stirling Castle if you prefer.
Please note that we are only able to accept cash (£GBP) so please ensure that you bring some with you on the tour.
Due to customer demand, we have a booking system for the four seats at the front of the coach. These seats are available to pre-book for a £20 per seat surcharge (if you are not given this option when booking then this will be because the seats have already been taken). Please note that it does not make any difference which side of the coach you sit on, so we don’t take requests for specific front seats.
We also give you the opportunity to book the extra leg room seats near the back of the coach – as with all seats in the coach these seats recline so you can really travel in comfort. The surcharge for extra legroom seats is £15 per seat.
The rest of our seating works on a first-come-first-served basis, as we feel that this is the fairest system of allocating seats. It is not possible to reserve window seats, or seats together if you are travelling as part of a group but, if you do wish to choose your seat, we would recommend arriving early at the bus stop (i.e. a few minutes before check-in closes). If you are unhappy with your seat please let your tour guide know and he will do his best to accommodate your requests, although obviously many guests would prefer a window seat so it is not always possible to keep everyone happy!
Note that any fees paid for front row or extra legroom seat upgrades are non-refundable if you cancel your tour.
There are bathrooms at all scheduled stops, with the approximate timings as follows;
Balloch – 8.15am
Luss – 9.30am (please note that it costs 20p per person to use this facility)
Stirling Castle – 11am (until 1pm)
Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum – 1.45pm (there until around 3.30pm)
Yes – children are welcome on our shore tours. Please note that you must purchase a ticket for every child as, even if they sit on a parent’s lap, they officially take up one space on the coach.