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

Queen Victoria arrives on her maiden visit to Greenock Ocean Terminal

On 28 July 2010, Inverclyde welcomed the majestic Queen Victoria on her maiden visit to Greenock Ocean Terminal.

In recent years, Greenock has had the pleasure of hosting several of the Queens, including Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Mary II. The visit of Queen Victoria continues the connection with Cunard, whose early vessels were built here in the Clyde.

The call by the Queen Victoria coincided with a visit from the film crew for the BBC programme ‘Three Men in a Boat’, bringing comedians Dara O’Briain, Rory McGrath and Gryff Rhys Jones to Greenock for a day of filming. The grandeur of the Queen Victoria against the backdrop of the picturesque settings around Greenock Ocean Terminal ensured that they were provided with plenty of quality footage for their show.

This year is shaping up to be the most successful year yet for cruises into Greenock, with 35 vessels and 53,000 passengers scheduled to call into the terminal this year. This will be 20% increase in the number of calls and a 27% increase in the number of passengers on the previous year. Throughout the 2010 season, Greenock will play host to 13 cruise ships which have never previously visited the port, such as Fred. Olsen’s Boudicca and P&O’s Oriana.

The passengers were greeted by the traditional sounds of bagpipes and received a warm welcome from the local Tourist Group, who provided them with assistance and information.