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1-day family trip to Scotland via Greenock (Glasgow) Port

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1-day family trip to Scotland via Greenock (Glasgow) Port

Hi! We are taking a cruise that docks in Greenock for only 1 day (7am-7pm) next month. We are a large family of 4 adults and 4 children (ages 6 through 12, all boys). Large tour buses are usually too pricey for us because we are so many people. I'm considering taking the trains to Edinburgh for the day. I've read the posts about other sights but I'm having a hard time deciding what would be the most interesting sights for the boys and most reasonable travel and price from the port. Thanks for any suggestions!

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1. Re: 1-day family trip to Scotland via Greenock (Glasgow) Port

http://www.scotrail.co.uk/

You can walk to Greenock Central Station where there are frequent trains to Glasgow Central Station taking around 40 minutes.

I think it is really too far to go to Edinburgh in the time you have and there is plenty to see in Glasgow.

However if you want to try you would take a short walk to Glasgow Queen St Station for a train to Edinburgh Waverley taking about 50 minutes.

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Edinburgh is imo a bit far by public transport - As mentioned you need train to Glasgow, change stations in Glasgow, then train to Edinburgh - You need to leave a good 2 hours each way for this (longer for the return journey so you don't risk missing the boat in the event of public transport delays!). A return fare is about £30 for adults.

The simplest option is to spend the day in Glasgow, this is an easy train journey (about £12 return) and as kenko says there is plenty to do there. Your boys might particularly enjoy the Riverside Museum of transport and the tall ship which is moored next to it. They might also like Kelvingrove Museum. There is a vast amount of shopping, restaurants etc available in the city centre and West End for the adults too!

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3. Re: 1-day family trip to Scotland via Greenock (Glasgow) Port

Thanks for the suggestions, but I was hoping for something more historical.

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4. Re: 1-day family trip to Scotland via Greenock (Glasgow) Port

You really need to use Google to find out about the rich history of Glasgow.

After all it was the Second City of the Empire

Try this .... http://bit.ly/1nFOunH

and you'll find these links contain lots of valuable information.

http://www.theglasgowstory.com/storya.php

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Glasgow

welcometoscotland.com/things-to-do/…glasgow

http://www.scotcities.com/index.htm

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5. Re: 1-day family trip to Scotland via Greenock (Glasgow) Port

Hi I am a local tour guide and would strongly suggest you stay local...there are 2 options especially great for the children

Option 1 Finlaystone Country Estate (20 mins away) stunning gardens, childrens play areas great for all ages and a lot of history on site. If its a nice day you can even have a bbq on site and enjoy the amazing surroundings.

Option 2. Kelburn country estate. Very similar to above but slightly further away (around 13 miles) you can get the bus there and it is home of Lord Glasgow. It has the secret forest and stunning gardens and bucket loads of history. It is also part of Largs which is great for a walk and ice cream from the famous Nardinnis restaurant.

Both options won't break the bank and are sure to entertain the whole family. Both places have websites too if you would like more information..

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Hi I am a local tour guide and would strongly suggest you stay local...there are 2 options especially great for the children

Option 1 Finlaystone Country Estate (20 mins away) stunning gardens, childrens play areas great for all ages and a lot of history on site. If its a nice day you can even have a bbq on site and enjoy the amazing surroundings.

Option 2. Kelburn country estate. Very similar to above but slightly further away (around 13 miles) you can get the bus there and it is home of Lord Glasgow. It has the secret forest and stunning gardens and bucket loads of history. It is also part of Largs which is great for a walk and ice cream from the famous Nardinnis restaurant.

Both options won't break the bank and are sure to entertain the whole family. Both places have websites too if you would like more information..

Edited: 09 June 2014, 20:20
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