Posted March 28th, 2013, 06:43 PM
Greetings from Australia! DH and I will be visiting Greenock in July, via cruise ship and we only have a day here. We visit Cobh first (one day), then Dublin, then finally Greenock.
It appears as if many people who have visited Greenock love it, so we are looking forward to seeing as much as possible.
DH would like to visit Glasgow, and we realise it is impossible to do it all, but we would love to hear your thoughts on us splitting our time between the two - Greenock and Glasgow. We would love to do Edinburgh, but once again, it is further away I think. So many choices, such little time!!
We prefer not to do ships tours, and have no problem travelling on trains, buses etc, but we need to determine how to best maximise our time. We love to walk too, as we are right into health and fitness.
Did I also mention that DH is rather partial to an odd pint or ten???? No wonder he is looking forward to Dublin and good old Guinness!!
Do you have a recommended local beer he could try??? Naturally I would have to force him, kicking and screaming into a local pub - nothing like getting to know the locals in their own pubs!!
Thank you for helping! It is greatly appreciated.
There is an information desk at the port terminal which is run by volunteers - who offer 3 free tours of Greenock, Gourock and I think Port Glasgow
Tennants lager would be the local for Scotland - we also have Fosters here as well.
You could try and do one of the free trips that Greenock offers, I think they last 1 1/2 hrs, they would be able to drop you off at the train station for Glasgow - fast train is around 50mins and the slow train is abt 1 hr 10 mins
I see you are in Queensland, I have family there - also the one time PM of Australia, Robert Menzies - his ancestors the Menzies were originally from Greenock/Port Glasgow. The Aust national anthem was written by the person who was originally from Port Glasgow
We offer guided coach tours around our local area, which we believe will make your day here interesting and enjoyable. Our friendly and relaxed tours are guided by volunteers who are all local people, who will be happy to answer any of your questions about the area. All our tours are guaranteed to return quayside in plenty of time for ship departure.
There are three different tours; each lasting under two hours, at different times from 09:15am onwards. Our tours are very popular, so to avoid disappointment call at our information centre or speak to any of our tartan clad volunteers on the quay and book a tour.
Our ‘Glimpses of Greenock’ tour allows you to visit a 16th Century church and our Town Hall and shows you our fine views.
On our Gourock tour you will hear tales of local history and see some grand coastal scenery.
Newark Castle/Port Glasgow
Going east, our Newark Castle tour takes you to a typical medieval castle and on the way tells you about our maritime heritage.
Island Escape June 2010
Island escape June 2011
RCCL Liberty of the Seas Oct 2012
Fred Olsen mini cruise June 2013
Thomson Dream Aug/Sept 2013
Thomson Majesty April 2014
Cruise Maritime mini cruise June 2014 ( freebie cruise which I won)
Fred Olsen Baltics August 2014
Thomson Dream Nov 2014
Thomson Majesty April 2015
Thomsons Celebration Sept 2015
NCL Epic April 2016
MSC Sinfonia October 2016
Thomson Celebration March/April 2017