The disabled cruiser visiting Glasgow will enjoy that the public buses are wheelchair accessible and bus stops are also raised to assist. Most buses have a ramp and the buses “lower” themselves. Not all bus stops are raised and the driver will put a ramp in place to allow access/egress.
The Glasgow Hop on Hop off Bus have a wheelchair spot on each bus. The doors in the middle of the bus have wheelchair stickers on them and behind those are a retractable Ramp for easy access.
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and third largest in the United Kingdom. The city is situated on the River Clyde in the country’s West Central Lowlands.
In Greenock, Lyle Hill offers fantastic views over the whole Forth of Clyde, the Holy Loch and the Highlands.
Greenock’s attractive esplanade provides a gentle riverside walk just over a mile long extending to the west from Ocean Terminal to the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club.
Newark Castle was built in the 15th century and has stunning views of the Firth of Clyde.
The McLean Museum and Art Gallery features local history displays and fine art collections.
Further afield in Glasgow, attractions include the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Pollock Country Park set in over 360 acres, with scenic running and walking trails.
Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Glasgow School of Art showcases Mackintosh’s contribution to the Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements.
The Botanic Gardens, located at the top of Byres Road, is very popular with locals as well as visitors. The Kibble Palace is a massive greenhouse which houses much of the park’s botanic collection.
The Necropolis – Glasgow’s Victorian City of the Dead, is a large and grand cemetery modelled on Père-Lachaise in Paris. Heritage Trail maps are available pointing the way to memorials and tombs of some of Glasgow’s most famous citizens.
Where You’re Docked
Cruise ships dock at the Clydeport Ocean Terminal, located in Greenock. The terminal is connected by a waterfront walkway to the town center. There is tourist information, currency exchange and vendors inside the terminal.
Taxis are available and the train station is around 1km away, with trains to Glasgow taking between 25-45 minutes.
By bus: There is a bus service to Glasgow and the bus to Glasgow stops 2 minutes away from cruise terminal and it is about 60 mins to Glasgow. The bus back is slightly different but even getting off the main terminus is a 10 minutes walk.
By train: It is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi ride to Greenock Central Station where there are frequent trains to Glasgow Central Station. For the Disabled Cruiser it is entirely possible to travel by wheelchair on the train. But at most stations the train floor isn’t at the same height as the platform, that’s why you alert the station staff who will deploy a ramp to enable the wheelchair to get on. There are designated wheelchair spaces, the train crew will deploy the ramp at the door next to the designated area.
The official currency is the Pounds Sterling, but note that Scotland prints its own notes so you may be surprised when you see one, but it is legal tender. The nearest ATMs are in Greenock, five minutes walk away.
The official language in Glasgow English, with a Scottish accent.
Oak Mall indoor shopping center now forms the central feature of the town, the surrounding streets feature a host of smaller shops. Glasgow’s vibrant West End has many unusual shops, bars and restaurants. Buchanan Street is one of the main shopping areas, with a more upmarket range of shops.
Traditional Scottish dishes include ‘neeps and tatties’ (swede & potato), ‘stovies’ (meat and potato stew), scotch pie and haggis.
Points of Interest
- Loch Lomond – This stunningly beautiful and popular leisure destination has been featured in song and is Scotland’s second largest freshwater lake, dotted with many islands. The Disabled Cruiser will enjoy an extremely flat parking/walking area that is suitable for wheelchair users.
- Glasgow Cathedral – The only cathedral in Scotland to have survived the Reformation intact, this 12th-century medieval church houses one of the finest post-war collections of stained glass windows in Britain. Constructed in 1197, the Disabled Cruiser will be elated to learn that the Cathedral has been made wheelchair accessible by the addition of lifts at a side entrance and at the entrance to the choir loft.
- Transport Museum – Take the opportunity to climb aboard some of the exhibits to get a real feel of public transport or take a stroll along one of the museum’s recreated streets dating back to the early 1900s. The Disabled Cruiser, or any visitor with walking difficulties, will enjoy that the layout of the building makes it easy to get around having a complete level access entrance and around the museum itself. There is a lift to access the upper floor. The Tall Ship just outside is fully accessible both to get on (with ramp) and once inside with a lift that goes to each deck of the ship.
- Inveraray Castle – Featuring four imposing conical spires, this 18th-century Scottish castle is the seat of the Duke of Argyll and houses a stunning collection of family portraits, artifacts and English china. For the Disabled Cruiser there is a ramp from outside to get into the ground level of the castle. There are stairs to the first floor and cellar, so they are unatainable by wheelchair users. The outside area and gardens are covered in deep soft gravel which makes it difficult for a wheelchair to navigate it.
- Stirling – Known as Scotland’s crossroads, this charming city is home to the popular and historic Stirling Castle, scene of royal coronations, weddings, baptisms and even murders. The Disabled Cruiser visiting Stirling Castle will encounter rough cobblestone walking/rolling to the castle and pushing a wheelchair up to the top can be tiring as it is steep in areas. There are a number of view points that can be easily reached. Accessible toilets are available, most of the halls are easy to navigate and there is a lift to get to an upper level.
- Culzean Castle – Converted from a fortress by great Scottish architect Robert Adams in the 18th century, this splendid storybook castle is filled with architectural marvels and memorabilia. The Disabled Cruiser can enter the castle and use their wheelchair throughout the building seeing everything on all floors using a lift that was hidden away from public eyes.
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery – This imposing Victorian red sandstone structure is one of Glasgow’s landmark building and houses ever-changing exhibits highlighting dinosaurs, suits of armor, weaponry and treasures from around the world. The Gallery is very accessible for the Disabled Cruiser, however the lift is slow and very small. There is an accessible coffee shop on the ground floor and one on the second floor, yet the second floor cafe is not accessible to wheelchair users, due to multiple steps leading up to it.
Glasgow Accessible Excursions
Glasgow was Scotland’s great industrial center during the 19th century. Today, the city remains the commercial and cultural capital of the Lowlands. Lying on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow boasts some of the finest Victorian architecture in the entire United Kingdom, including the stately City Chambers.
Accessible Glasgow City Tour
The full day wheelchair accessible privately guided tour of Glasgow utilizes a wheelchair accessible van with driver and expert guide. During your sightseeing tour you will see the highlights of Glasgow. Admissions not included.
Burrell Collection; Glasgow Science Center; People’s Palace and Winter Gardens; Museum of Transport; City Chambers; Gallery of Modern Art; Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum; Kibble Palace Botanic Gardens; Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum; and Glasgow Cathedral.