SHORE EXCURSION - BURNS COUNTRY & Clyde Coast

FROM GREENOCK (GLASGOW) PORT

On this Shore Excursion to Burns Country you leave the Greenock (Glasgow) Ocean Terminal we leave the town and travel down the coastline of the famous River Clyde  as you journey towards the seaside town of Largs and hear about the famous battle and the emblem of Scotland.

Moving on, our next stop is Portencross Castle with amazing views over the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran and beyond. It is now time to travel into South Ayrshire and Dunure Castle. Sitting on the cliff top overlooking Clyde Estuary, it has great history. It is also close to the small harbour used in the Outlander series.

A short journey to Alloway, the “Burns Country”. You visit the birthplace of Robert Burns, Caledonia’s Bard. You visit Burns Cottage, Brig O’ Doon and the Birthplace Museum. This is also an ideal place to have lunch.

On your return journey, you will stop at Lyle Hill where you will get spectacular views over the river towards Dunoon and the Argyllshire Hills…and a chance to view your cruise ship at the dock.

We will return you to your cruise ship appox. 60-90 minutes before your departure time.

what to expect

As you leave Greenock you will travel down the River Clyde coastline, passing the seaside towns of Largs, Fairlie and West Kilbride , making a brief stop at Portencross Castle. On a clear day you will get spectacular view over the firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran.

You then travel through South Ayrshire to the stunning Culzean Castle & Country Park, set in 600 acres of parkland, with the Castle commanding magnificent views over the Isle of Arran and beyond. This 18th century castle was once the home of the Marquiss of Ailsa, head of the Clan Kennedy, but is now lovingly cared for by the National Trust of Scotland. The interior of the castle shows the Marquiss’s wealth as does the formal gardens and fruit filled greenhouses.

Moving on, we travel up the coast to the Village of Dunure and a brief stop at the ruined Dunure Castle and nearby harbour. The Castle was also owned by the Clan Kennedy and has a grim history. The village harbour was a film location in the tv programme “Outlander”

As we continue onwards, the road bring us to the village of Alloway, the birthplace of “Caledonia’s Bard” – Robert Burns. Here we will visit the cottage in which he was born and educated, visit Brig O’ Doon and the old haunted Kirk, which inspired him to write his famous Tam O’ Shanter. We take a stroll along the Poets Path walkway connecting the cottage with the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Visitors Centre. This walkway features modern artists who have been inspired by Burns. At the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum & Visitor Centre you have the opportunity to learn about this farmer’s son, who penned the world famous ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and over 600 other works. of poetry and songs.  Also within walking distance is the Burns Monument set in beautiful gardens.

As we make our return, we will stop off at the seaside town of Largs and hear of story of The Thistle – the Emblem of Scotland.

If time permits, we will stop at the Lyle Hill, overlooking the “Tail O’ The Bank” with stunning views over the River Clyde and the Argyllshire Hills and beyond.

You eventually return to The Greenock (Glasgow) Ocean terminal in 60 – 90 minutes before your departure time.

Duration: 6-8 hours