Glasgow/Greenock Shore Excursion

New for 2018 is our fantastic shore excursion from the Port of Greenock (Glasgow). This tour is running for all Royal Princess dates and will run for other ships upon request.

The tour includes a visit to Stirling Castle, a boat ride on Loch Lomond, a visit to the charming conservation village of Luss, a drive through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park (Rob Roy country) and a visit to the cultural capital of Scotland, Glasgow, where you have the chance to explore the world-class Kelivingrove Museum and Art Gallery or instead enjoy some of the best bars in Scotland which are located just next door!

Key Information:

Departure Point: Greenock (Glasgow)

Royal Princess

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

Save 15% when you book other ports!

Easy and convenient online booking

Your Itinerary:

Greenock (1)

Our tour starts at the Port of Greenock (Glasgow) where you are met by your WOW Scotland guide and driver. You’ll learn about the region’s industrial heritage as we drive up the River Clyde towards the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

Historic village of Luss (2)

Our first stop is the conservation village of Luss, situated on the ‘Bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond’. The village is famed for it’s neat rows of cottages with beautiful floral displays and we have around 40 minutes here to take it all in. After exploring why not relax with a cup of coffee and cake from a fantastic local cafe which opens early just for us!

Loch Lomond Mini-Cruise (2)

Next we step aboard the local water taxi and get transported across the loch to the neighbouring village of Balmaha. En-route we pass some of Loch Lomond’s many islands, which are known as the jewel in the Loch’s crown. However, if you are more comfortable on bigger ships such as the Royal Princess there is always the option to travel with the coach instead!

Scenic Drive to Stirling (3)

We disembark in the village of Balmaha and get back onto our waiting coach which will transport us to historic Stirling. En-route your guide will enthral you with tales of the region’s past, including stories about the legendary Rob Roy Macgregor, Scotland’s very own Robin Hood.

Stirling Castle (3)

At historic Stirling castle you will be taken on a one hour guided tour of the castle, taking in highlights such as the Chapel, the Palace and the Great Hall. At the end you will have time to explore by yourself, a great chance to take a look into one of the museums, get a coffee or just sit admire the fantastic views!

Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery (4)

It’s unsurprising that Kelvingrove is the UK’s most visited museum outside of London. With 22 themed, state of the art galleries and over 8000 exhibits on display, it truly is one of Scotland’s cultural highlights. Highlights include the Salvador Dali masterpiece ‘Christ of St John of the Cross’ as well sections on Scottish culture and style including pieces by the legendary Charles Rennie Macintosh.

OR Glasgow Bars (4)

Alternatively you can spend time enjoying some of the plethora of great bars in the local area. Scottish brewer BrewDog has a bar just across the road, and only a few minutes further away is the legendary Highland triangle, where islanders have come to drink and speak their native Gaelic tongue for generations.

Tour Gallery

Photos to come…

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
10% discount if you book another tour (Invergordon or Edinburgh), 15% off if you book both!
Passionate and experienced tour guide, with many 5 star TripAdvisor reviews
Free entry to Stirling Castle Castle plus Loch Lomond mini-cruise (worth £22.50)
Visit Scotland 5 star rated tour operator
5 star-rating, on TripAdvisor
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

WOW Scotland deserves its name. Without a doubt the highlight of our week in Scotland.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What forms of payment do you accept?

All payments are taken through our secure online booking system which utilises Stripe. We accept most debit and credit cards, including American Express. We can also accept bank transfers where you accept the charges.

 

Can I book with confidence?

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 and 2017  for providing “exceptional” tours.

Also, we have been consistently rated as “excellent” on Trip Advisor (as of  October  2017 we had 1020 5 Start 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 ChronicleThe Boston GlobeThe 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).

Do you offer group discounts?

For groups of 10+ please contact us for preferential pricing.

Can I cancel my tour if I change my mind, or if I am unable to get to Inverness for any reason?

Yes, and our cancellation terms for scheduled tours from Inverness (i.e. Isle of Skye Tour, Whisky Bus and Highland & Speyside Explorer) are as follows;

  • If you cancel your tour at least 72 hours in advance of the scheduled departure then we will refund you in full
  • If you cancel within 72 hours of the scheduled departure you will not be entitled to a refund. However, if we are able to re-sell your place then we will be able to issue 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.

Please note that booking direct with WOW Scotland gives you the best cancellation policy!

Do you offer guaranteed departures?

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.

Should I tip my guide?

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, on coach tours, that the tour guide and the coach driver always pool their tips, sharing them equally, so it is fine to give money to either one of them.

What are your terms and conditions of booking?

Our terms and conditions can be found here. You’ll find a general overview of our cancellation terms in the FAQ is you don’t want to read though all the T&Cs!

Is it possible to pay on arrival?

Due to high demand for our tours, we are unable to secure your tour unless you pay in advance. For our coach tours we take full payment in advance. That said, if there are places available on the day you are welcome to join and pay on board.

What forms of payment do you accept?

All payments are taken through our secure online booking system which utilises Stripe. We accept most debit and credit cards, including American Express. We can also accept bank transfers where you accept the charges.

Can I book with confidence?

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 and 2017  for providing “exceptional” tours.

Also, we have been consistently rated as “excellent” on Trip Advisor  (as of  October  2017 we had 1020 5 Start 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 ChronicleThe Boston GlobeThe 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).

What type of transport do you use?

The Skye tour vehicle is always a very well-appointed 34-seater coach, which is equipped with a PA system, air conditioning, reclining seats and an on-board WC. The coach is white with D & E branding and there will be a WOW sign in the dashboard so you know you are at the right place.

For our Whisky Bus and Highland and Speyside Explorer Tour we typically use the same 34-seater coach, although sometimes we use a well appointed 48-seater instead.

Is the itinerary fixed/guaranteed?

The itinerary has been carefully planned to ensure that you get the most out of your day. However, there are factors outside of our control, such as traffic flow, road closures and adverse weather, that mean on rare occasions we may not be to achieve everything listed in the tour itinerary. Consequently, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necessary, although this will be a last resort.

Can I bring dogs and other pets on the tour?

Unfortunately dogs and other pets are not able to travel on our tours. If you are partially sighted or blind and use a guide dog to get around please do get in touch to discuss ways in which we can accommodate you and your dog.

Who will our tour guide be?

One of our highly competent local guides will lead your tour – you can read all about the team on our About page, or have a look at their reviews on TripAdvisor.

Can I bring luggage?

Yes, we do have space for a limited amount of luggage. If you wish to bring luggage please contact us before booking. There are also left luggage facilities at Inverness train station for those travelling back to Inverness (please check opening times of this facility prior to use).

Why should we choose WOW Scotland?

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 for providing “exceptional” tours.

Also, we have been consistently rated as “excellent” on Trip Advisor  as of January 2017 762 out of our 791 reviews rate us as excellent, with the remaining 19 rating us as very good or average) 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 ChronicleThe Boston GlobeThe 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).

Do I need to bring cash with me on the tour? If so, are Euros/US dollars accepted in Scotland?

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.

Does the tour only run on the dates listed on your website?

Yes, you’ll find the most up-to-date tour dates on our calendar.  Scheduled tours will only run on the listed dates.

Do you offer any other group tours?

Our groups tours from Inverness are listed here

Isle of Skye tour
Whisky Bus
Highland & Speyside Explorer Tour

I’m a travel agent, can we work together?

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.

Do you offer foreign language tours?

For scheduled/coach tours unfortunately not (although this is something we hope to offer in the future). For private tours it is worth asking when booking as we do have guides with knowledge of French and German.

Do you have any reviews?

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!)

You can also see reviews for WOW Scotland on YelpFacebook and Google

Where do you meet you in Greenock?

Your guide will be waiting outside of the port gates and the vehicle will be a short walk away.

Can children come on this tour?

Yes – children are welcome on our shore tours and they benefit from a reduced tour fee. Please note that every child needs to purchase a ticket as even if they sit on their parents knee they officially take up one space on the bus.

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