SHORE EXCURSION - STIRLING CASTLE & THE KELPIES

FROM GREENOCK (GLASGOW) & EDINBURGH PORTS

The beautiful City of Stirling is steeped in Scottish history. The Castle was the home of kings and queens including Mary Queen of Scots. Dating back many centuries, it commands views many miles in each direction. On your arrival at the castle you will be free to roam and soak up the surroundings of this imposing castle or take the free official tour, which starts on the hour. 

After your castle tour, you travel east to the Helix Park and the famous “Kelpies”. View these 100ft (30 metres) high stainless steel equine sculptures up close. An amazing sight!

If time permits, you will be able to visit the Falkirk Wheel, a rotating boat lift on the canal. An amazingly popular feat of Scottish engineering.

You then make your journey back to your cruise ship.

what to expect

Travel from your ship to the medieval Stirling Castle. The home of the Scottish royalty in the 16th century. Explore the Kelpies,  the Largest Equine Sculpture in the World.

You travel north from your ship to the City of Stirling. Dating back to the 12th century, Stirling Castle sits majestically on a rugged crag above the City of Stirling and the surrounding plains. The castle commands a place in as one of the most important landmarks in Scotland’s bloody and brutal history. It was the of major strategic importance in any attempts on invasion, as it allowed the victor to control the north and south of our great country. It was also the playground of young royals such as Mary Queen of Scots and later, her son King James VI of Scotland and 1st of England. During one 50 year period it changed hands no less than 8 times! Today it still epitomises the splendour in which our royalty lived in the 16th century.

From the Castle there are commanding views of The National Wallace Monument, celebrating the memory of Sir William Wallace, a national hero, who laid the groundwork for Scotlands eventual independence from England in 1314.

After your castle tour, you journey east towards the River Forth and the The Helix Park, which incorporates The Kelpies”. It is near the beginning of the Union Canal.

Created by Scottish sculptor Andy Scott, standing  30 metres (100 feet) tall, these 2 stainless steel horse figures are the largest equine sculptures in the world, paying tribute to the work horses on the canals that kept industry moving before the age of steam.

If time permits, we will endeavour to travel a short distance to visit The Falkirk Wheel, which is another feat in Scottish engineering. It is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world and raises boats 24 metres (79 feet), allowing vessels to travel between the Union Canal on the east to the Forth and Clyde Canal in the west. 

You will eventually return to your ship at The Greenock (Glasgow) Ocean terminal or Edinburgh Ports 60–90 minutes before your departure time.

Due to its proximity to many of Scotland’s attractions, Greenock (Glasgow) Port Shore excursions are usually in high demand, so please book well in advance and reduce the chance of disappointment. 

Duration: 6-8 hours