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Dunrobin Castle - ancestral home of the Clan Sutherland
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Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe
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Scotland is a great place to explore by cycle on trails and coastal paths
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Ardvreck Castle and Loch Assynt in Sutherland, Highlands of Scotland
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The banks of Loch Lomond - Britain's largest stretch of inland water
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Strathisla Distillery in Keith, Grampian Highlands
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Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye
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Gleneagles Golf Course
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Fantastic rivers and lochs await for you to try your hand at fishing
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Scotland's rich musicial tradition
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The Northern Isles are home to the world-famous Shetland pony
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Ring of Brodgar in Orkney
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Kayaks at North Beach, Little Bernera, Isle of Lewis, Stornoway
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Dolphin pond in magnificent mountainside setting of Benmore Botanic Gardens
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Piper at Castle of Mey in Thurso, Caithness
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Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, Aberdeen
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Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow
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Ben Nevis, Fort William
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Oban, Argyll & Bute
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Edinburgh Castle

A right Royal welcome for Queen of the Sea

Inverclyde will roll out the red carpet when the Queen Mary 2 visits Greenock for the first time on Monday 19th October.

At over 150,000 tonnes she will become the biggest cruise liner ever to visit the Clyde during a special ‘lap-of-honour’ around Britain to mark her fifth birthday.

Provost Michael McCormick said: "It will be a great day for Inverclyde when the QM2 makes her maiden visit to Greenock. We can all remember the amazing atmosphere when the QE2 came home to the Clyde for the last time and the thousands of people who came from all over to see her. I am sure this will be another memorable occasion for Inverclyde. Thousands of visitors come to our area on cruise ships every year and it is great for local tourism and businesses. But it is also an opportunity to show the transformation underway in Inverclyde and we hope people will like what they see so much they will come back again and again."

A viewing area will allow people to get close to the massive ship while she is docked at Ocean Terminal. Members of the public can access it via Campbell Street between 11am and 4pm.

Andrew Hemphill, Clydeport's operations manager at Ocean Terminal, said: "We are absolutely delighted to welcome a world-famous vessel in Queen Mary 2 to Greenock and help celebrate her fifth birthday. This is a reward for the year-on-year investment we are making at Ocean Terminal which enables us to stage such high-profile visits like this of the world’s fastest passenger liner. We are equally delighted to have been able to raise much-needed funds for the Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock and thank the public for their support and generosity.”

The day will be rounded off with a celebratory firework display at 6pm before Queen Mary 2 departs at 6.30pm.

View news coverage from the Greenock Telegraph