For those residing in Scotland, Southampton’s cruise port is quite a distance if you’re looking to sail from the UK. However, all is not lost! Situated close to Glasgow, the port of Greenock comes in handy for UK sailings from Scotland.

Just 25 miles from Glasgow, Greenock offers the perfect chance to explore Scotland’s largest city and experience some of the region’s more picturesque scenery, before sailing to the stunning regions of northern Europe and beyond.

Which itineraries does Greenock feature on?

Many of the itineraries which sail here focus on the nearby regions of Scotland.¬†Explore the Scottish lochs and discover some of the region’s stunning scenery, remote towns and natural wonders. Visit Britain’s highest waterfall – Eas a’Chual Aluinn, explore the picturesque lochs of Dunvegan or Broom – you could even go searching for the Loch Ness Monster! View the rugged Orkneys or head to the iconic ancient stone circles of Steness and Brodgar.

Which cruise lines sail to Greenock?

Fred. Olsen

Fred.Olsen offers a wide selection of sailings aboard Black Watch for under ten nights, exploring the regions of Kirkwall, Tobermory and Lerwick, however these tend to sail from Liverpool and come north, rather than sail from Greenock itself.

Black Watch - Fred Olsen

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises also features Greenock on its British Isles, Norway and Northern Europe sailings aboard Regal Princess and Crown Princess. Other ports on these itineraries include Copenhagen, Dublin, Belfast and Edinburgh.

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas ventures to Greenock during British Isles cruises, mainly sailing from Amsterdam. Excursions in the port include a visit to the early 20th century Tenement House, exploring the city by bike or visiting the many shops and tourist favourites for tartan and luxury whiskies.


Cunard also sets sail to Greenock on their British Isles, Northern Atlantic and Iceland itineraries. Guests on-board Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth can enjoy visiting the region alongside other ports of call such as the Isle of Skye, Invergordon, Liverpool and Reykjavik.

Queen Victoria - Cunard

Holland America Line

Holland America Line offers a number of lengthy European explorer sailings including the port of Greenock. Visit here and enjoy trips into the heart of the ‘miniature highlands’ with trips to Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond, Glengoyne Distillery and Kelvingrove Gallery – the place is a treat for culture vultures.

Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara includes Greenock in many itineraries, including themed cruises such as the the British Golf Cruise paired with unforgettable rounds of golf throughout the Scottish region.

Azamara Quest - Azamara Club Cruises

P&O Cruises

For trips to the Faroe Islands, P&O Cruises offers sailings from Southampton to the bonny isles of Scotland and beyond. Greenock features either just at the end or beginning of the itinerary, as it is situated in the southern region of Scotland. While here, enjoy P&O’s excursions including trips to the Glenarn Gardens, Glasgow’s heritage trail or even a highland cow encounter!

Saga Cruises

Saga features Greenock in their British Isles sailings, offering passengers the chance to sail up the Clyde to enjoy walks along the Esplanade; view the highlands; and even explore the 250-foot Victoria Tower.

Book your sailing from Scotland

Scottish landscape

Here at, we offer a wide range of sailings from Scotland, perfect for no-fly cruises from the Highlands. Scotland is an ideal embarkation point to reach northern Europe – with destination highlights including Norway, the Baltics and Iceland, or even explore the Scottish Isles for rugged coastlines and remote islands.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a sailing from Greenock, call our Cruise Concierge team on 0808 1234 118 and they will be happy to find you your perfect sailing!

Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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