"Two Clydes to every story" river trips

27 Jul 2009

Sightseeing trips on the River Clyde are the latest part of a major drive to attract thousands of visitors to experience Clyde Waterfront's regeneration and heritage.

From today (Monday 27th July 2009), the MV Cruiser offers daily cruises, taking in the Clyde's best known attractions, old and new.

Operated by Clyde Marine Services Ltd, the two and a half hour round trip departs each day at 1300hrs from the SECC pontoon, beside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow. There are stops at Braehead for those who want to visit the Clydebuilt Museum and at Clydebank (4 days per week) for the Titan Crane visitor attraction.  Return fares for the boat trip are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

The vessel can accommodate up to 125 passengers, who get an informative commentary and a view from the water of the many developments that are transforming the Clyde. This includes the Clyde Arc, Glasgow Science Centre, the Digital Media Quarter, the Riverside Museum, Glasgow Harbour, Braehead, Xscape, Ferry Village and Queens Quay at Clydebank.

Hamish Munro, Clyde Marine Services Ltd said, "Whether you're visiting the Clyde for the first time, returning as a visitor to Scotland after years abroad or a local looking for a trip close to home, this short sightseeing cruise is not only fun but educational and informative."

Tickets can be purchased on board and more information is available on 01475 721281 or at www.clydecruises.com.

Running until 30th August 2009, the sightseeing tours are sponsored by Clyde Waterfront, the public sector partnership established to support the River Clyde's revitalisation as a world class waterfront location.

Earlier this year, the Clyde Waterfront Partnership published a special Heritage Guide, which, together with a supporting promotional campaign, 'Two Clydes to Every Story', aims to boost visitors to the Clyde.  

The Guide offers twelve areas to explore along a thirteen mile stretch of the Clyde and more than 65 visitor attractions and sites of interest are listed including the People's Palace, the Clydeport building, the Waverley, the Tall Ship, Xscape at Braehead, India of Inchinnan,  Bowling Harbour and Dumbarton Rock and Castle. The Guide can be accessed at www.clydewaterfrontheritage.com

Speaking on behalf of the Clyde Waterfront Partnership, Liz Connolly, Clyde Waterfront board member said, "In the year of Homecoming Scotland, we believe there is huge potential to increase visitor numbers to the Clyde, including those Scots who emigrated years ago coming home to witness the transformation taking place on the banks of the Clyde".

The Clyde Waterfront strategic partners are the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and the local authorities for Glasgow City, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire. 

  • Sightseers take to the water on the first trip 'doon the watter'

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