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Sunday, 25 May 2014 19:35

Season in Full Swing

Written by Catriona Stevenson

The season has well and truly begun with 4 ships having already visited Greenock. So we at Clyde Coast Tourism have been very busy entertaining passengers from all over the world; Wednesday - Mein Schiff, Friday - Ruby Princess and Monday - Celebrity Infinity.

On Wednesday we took our walking tour of Greenock. It really is a great tour that educates you in the delights of the very important industrial heritage of the town. On Wednesday, our group were in awe of the Robert Burns history of the town and enjoyed the exhibition at the Dutch Gable House which is included in the tour.

On Friday we entertained a bus full of Australians, Americans and 2 Sassenachs (English) guests. They were such a lovely bunch of people who thankfully brought the glorious weather with them. The sun was beating down and we enjoyed a fabulous trip to Loch Lomond, the Drovers Inn and the Falls of Falloch. There were many photographs taken and they were lucky enough to see the glorious falls in full swing. Afterwards we made our way back to Greenock in plenty of time before the Ruby disembarked.

On Monday, it was the Celebrity Infinity’s turn in at Greenock and we took a group of Australians to the beautiful Finlaystone Estate a mere 20 minutes from the terminal. It was another glorious day and we had a great time exploring the gardens of the estate. There was many a photograph taken and it is safe to say they were pleasantly surprised with the peace and serenity that one can experience at the estate, a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of the town. We finished the visit with a visit to the Doll Museum and the Clan MacMillan Museum which is situated by the visitor centre at the Estate. After the tour we dropped our guests off at the James Watt Bar in Greenock to enjoy a good Scottish lunch and have a stroll through Greenock before heading back to the ship. I really look forward to taking this tour again during the season!

As I write this, I am preparing our Kelburn Castle and Country Estate tour which includes the Viking town of Largs, an ice cream at the famous Nardinis and of course having a nosey around the Lord Glasgow’s Castle (who you may bump into on the tour). I am very excited about this tour as it is also fairly near Greenock (around 30 mins away) and you get to take in the history that cemented Scotland’s relationship with the Western Isles and our national flower, the thistle. We are looking to start taking this tour from next Wednesday so if you are about and would like to come along, please get in touch.

Until next time, let’s hope I am able to blog sooner (watch the social media pages for real time images and comments as each tour takes place)

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