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Time to travel to Stirling from Glasgow Cruise Port and back

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Time to travel to Stirling from Glasgow Cruise Port and back

We'd like to take a tour of Stirling Castle from Glasgow while in port on a cruise ship. We arrive at 8:00 and depart at 18:00. Do we have time to do this via train or taxi? How long is the travel time between the cruise port and Stirling? We'll be there on a Saturday? Any special travel tips or deviations on Saturdays?

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1. Re: Time to travel to Stirling from Glasgow Cruise Port and back

I think when we were at Port Glasgow and went to Stirling by train it took us just over 11/2 hours. We spent about 5 hours in Stirling and headed back.

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2. Re: Time to travel to Stirling from Glasgow Cruise Port and back

The train journey from Port Glasgow to Stirling can take up to 1 hour 48 minutes according to the Scotrail website. This includes transfer time by bus between Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street stations.

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3. Re: Time to travel to Stirling from Glasgow Cruise Port and back

The cruise ships dock at Greenock which has 3 trains an hour up to Glasgow Central station.

There are 2 or 3 trains an hour from Glasgow Queen St station to Stirling.

It is an easy 7 or 8 minutes walk between the stations in Glasgow.

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4. Re: Time to travel to Stirling from Glasgow Cruise Port and back

If you feel adventurous, hire a car. It should take around an hour and a quarter to Stirling. Most of the road is motorway and pleasant. Alternatively, as others have suggested, take the train. From Glasgow, the train to Stirling takes 40 minutes.

Of course, whilst Stirling Castle is fascinating, spending your whole day there would mean you miss Glasgow, which, in itself, is a fascinating and lovely city.

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5. Re: Time to travel to Stirling from Glasgow Cruise Port and back

Yes,perhaps on the way back allow some time to have a walk round Glasgow.

The city centre is compact and the main shopping streets are Sauchiehall St,Buchanan St and Argyle St.

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6. Re: Time to travel to Stirling from Glasgow Cruise Port and back

you might be better arranging a private hire tour guide type day trip.. who'll drive you from greenock to stirling and back..

does the cruiseline not do trips to stilring?

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7. Re: Time to travel to Stirling from Glasgow Cruise Port and back

Easily done by train, take the frequent train service, 3 an hour from Greenock (where you dock) in to Glasgow wich takes about 45 minutes and you will arrive at Glasgow Central Station, from there walk to Queen Street Station which is beside George Square and is only between 5 & 10 minutes easy stroll.

From Glasgow Queen Street (upper level) you then have a choice of several trains an hour that pass through Stirling, ask which is the best train to catch depending on what time you arrive as there are several routes and some can take over an hour while others are just 25 minutes.

When you arrive in Stirling you will see the castle and it is easily accessed by foot although it is uphill, so if you have walking diffuculties you may wish to take a taxi.

If you decide to walk the easiest way is to come out of the station and cross the road in front of you and walk up the slight incline until you come to a small mini roundabout (beside McDonalds) cross the road and either walk up -

1) Through the Stirling Arcade (facing you) and trun right when you come out at the other end in to King St, and climb up the hill, you have a choice here, you will see that there are 2 roads that come down and join King St you can take either the one on the left or right, to make it easy just stick to the road on the right going up the hill this is Baker St, follow it into Bow St in to Broad St and then finally on to Castlewynd which takes you to the castle.

2) Cross the road turn right and then first left in to Friars St and walk up it and join Baker St at the top of it and then as directed above.

The walk will take you about 25 minutes or there abouts.

You will have plenty of time to see the castle and the views over Stirling and beyond.

If you wish to do some shopping you head all the way back down to the bottom of the hill you cam up and you will see the main shopping area of Stirling, you have Murray Place which is the Street or off it you can go into the Thistle Centre.

I would suggest that at the bottom of the hill turn right, walk along Murray Place and enter in to the Thistle Centre at Marks & Spencer and stroll through the shopping centre, you will eventually come out again at the Mcdonalds which is just up from the train station.

It sounds a lot but it is very easy to get there and see the castle.

Enjoy

Graham

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8. Re: Time to travel to Stirling from Glasgow Cruise Port and back

Graham, You were so helpful! Thank you for your explicit instructions. I'll print them off, pretend I did it myself, and my friends will be so impressed! God bless you and yours.

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9. Re: Time to travel to Stirling from Glasgow Cruise Port and back

The cruise line does do trips to Stirling, but they are insanely expensive. We can go by train for less than half the cost and return to the ship a little earlier.

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10. Re: Time to travel to Stirling from Glasgow Cruise Port and back

Thanks to all! Decision made!