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On British Isles cruises, you’ll be transported to centuries past in Glasgow, one of Scotland’s most endearing cities. As the second-largest city in the country, Glasgow has a distinctly urban vibe. Friendly locals and the photogenic West End make time fly here. Glasgow started as a working-class city that has since grown into a sophisticated hub for art, culture, and live music, including the famous Scottish bagpipes.
On your cruise to Glasgow, discover its burgeoning arts scene featuring both classical and modern galleries. Marvel at the Glasgow Cathedral, the oldest building in the entire city. Spend quality time in the outdoors at the Glasgow Botanic Garden and local greenhouses. From chic vintage shopping to laid-back pub crawls, there’s a Glasgow experience for every pace.
On your cruise to Glasgow, visit the famed Glasgow Cathedral, a fundamental piece of the cityscape. Get a glimpse of the city’s past at its oldest building and admire the stunning Medieval architecture.
Both an iconic gallery of modern art and a library, the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) has been home to some of the best collections of contemporary art in Scotland since opening in 1996.
While you’re in the West End, don’t miss a chance to explore the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. Explore the trails on foot, visit the greenhouses, or stop in for tea time at the tearoom. The glasshouses within the garden are particularly memorable, and don’t miss a walk through the Kibble Palace.
No trip to Scotland is complete without a true Scottish pub crawl. Scots take their pub nights seriously, bouncing from bar to bar to watch sports games, spend quality time with friends, and enjoy craft Scottish beers.
From emerging art to the classics, Glasgow’s West End is home to a variety of galleries that cater to independent artists. Stop in the Hunterian Gallery or Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.
The city’s vintage scene is sure to impress you on your cruise to Glasgow. Mr. Ben Retro Clothing, Glasgow Vintage Co, and Starry Starry Night are just a few of the must-see spots.
Like other parts of the British Isles, Scottish food is regionally influenced by British traditions. Haggis, though often made fun of as a Scottish food option, is well worth a try during a cruise to Glasgow. Don’t miss the traditional Scottish breakfast, a full plate of eggs, sausage, baked beans, scones, black pudding, butter, and a roasted tomato. Indulge in local oysters or order the famous fish and chips you’ll find at pubs.
People have lived in the area we know as Glasgow for thousands of years. Its central location along the River Clyde provided opportunities for trading throughout its history. Saint Mungo founded the city of Glasgow in the 6th century when many of the city’s churches and major sites underwent original construction. As time passed, Glasgow grew in population and in industries like shipbuilding and textiles. After World War II, the city experienced a decline in economic prosperity, but modern revitalization efforts have breathed new life into it. Today, over half a million people live in Glasgow.
Greenock cruise port is the primary cruise terminal where you’ll disembark. After admiring the beautiful views of the Clyde River, you can take a taxi or train to get into Glasgow, which takes around half an hour. You can hang out in Greenock if you want to stay central to the cruise terminal, but heading into town will yield beautiful natural and mountain views before you explore Glasgow.
Bike rentals are popular in Glasgow, and taxis are abundant. There’s also an all-day subway ticket available if you prefer to navigate Glasgow underground. You can book a shore excursion to see multiple sights or take a walking tour of the historic parts of Glasgow on foot.
There are shops in the Greenock cruise terminal, but you’ll find more boutique and high-end shopping available in historic Glasgow. Many shopping opportunities, artisanal goods, and local vendors are huddled along Buchanan Street at the Buchanan Galleries
The official currency you’ll use on a Greenock cruise is the sterling pound, also abbreviated as the GBP. Carrying a bit of cash is recommended for smaller purchases, but credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are called “cashpoints” in Scotland. Tipping isn’t mandatory, but it is especially polite when you receive excellent service. Round up the fare when tipping a taxi driver, and leave 10% in restaurants.