Clyde Cruises launches river trips

Regular sailings on the River Clyde for summer 2010

25 May 2010

A new river bus service is being launched on the River Clyde this summer, linking Glasgow city centre with Pacific Quay and Braehead. And, following successful trials last year, daily sightseeing trips from Pacific Quay, to Braehead and Clydebank are also being re-launched.

The new river bus service, called River Link, will be operated by Clyde Cruises on the River Clyde.  Running from May 26th - September 10th, five days a week (Wednesday - Sunday), the MV Fencer will offer at least three daily return services from the pontoon at Braehead Shopping Centre (first 10:15) via the Science Centre Pontoon at Pacific Quay to the Broomielaw in the city centre (last 15:30).

Hamish Munro, managing director, Clyde Cruises, confirmed that successful experience of operating the river bus this summer could lead to the introduction of a larger clipper style catamaran on the route in subsequent years. He said, "We are excited about the potential for this service. Our experience last summer of operating sightseeing trips on the Clyde suggests there is additional demand for this more regular river link service from locals and visitors alike."

Clyde Cruises' other vessel, the MV Cruiser, will restart daily sightseeing trips at 1pm from the Glasgow Science Centre pontoon, with stops at Braehead and Clydebank's Titan Crane, also between May 26th and September 10th.

The sightseeing trips are closely linked to the Clyde Waterfront Heritage Guide which offers twelve areas to explore along a thirteen mile stretch of the Clyde, highlighting visitor attractions and historic places of interest with travel information, web links and maps.

The MV Cruiser will also continue to offer 'Classroom on the Clyde' subsidised trips for schools between May and September, linking Clyde Waterfront's regeneration and heritage with free lesson plans for teachers available at

Derek McCrindle, Director of Clyde Waterfront said, "We were delighted to support the launch of these new services which add yet another dimension to the changing face of the Clyde in recent years. We believe strongly that the river deserves to have services like these and we hope that locals and visitors to the area will support them, discovering for themselves in the process, the fantastic visitor attractions and remarkable transformation that is taking place on both banks of the river. The new services certainly support Clyde Waterfront's strategic vision to develop a vibrant, thriving river with people and communities at its heart."

The River Link service and sightseeing trips will receive financial support of up to £30,000 and further marketing support from the Clyde Waterfront Strategic Partnership and Glasgow City Council.

Further information on the river bus service and sightseeing tours is available by visiting Clyde Cruises or calling 01475 721 281.

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