Port Profile: Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland

Learn everything you need to know about cruise destinations under Avid Cruiser’s Port Profiles section (you’ll find a tab above on the navigation bar). Each week, we’ll provide one or more port profiles for those are planning trips or for those who need inspiration to do so. Today’s feature, Greenock (Glasgow, Scotland.

The Clyde Auditorium, also known as the Armadillo, is an example of modern-day Glasgow

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Glasgow is a city of contrasts. On the one hand, Scotland’s largest city is home to a large number of houses built in smart Victorian style. On the other, this is a city whose industrial past continues to be an essential part of it. At the same time, Glasgow is also known for shining glass and steel structures from a more recent date. An example of the latter is the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, the Clyde Auditorium of which was designed by the renowned Sir Norman Foster.

If there is one particular style that Glasgow is more well-known for than others, however, it is probably Art Nouveau. Glaswegians, the inhabitants of Glasgow, are proud of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. An architect, designer and artist, Mackintosh was one of the prominent figures of Art Nouveau. He and his wife, Margaret MacDonald, both played leading roles in the forming of the so-called Glasgow School. One of the more unique parts of the heritage of the Mackintoshs is the so-called House for an Art Lover (see below under Do Not Miss).

Most of today’s Glasgow dates from the 19th century, or later, but the city traces its roots to Roman times. Around 80 A.D., a series of fortresses were built by the Romans where Glasgow is now located. It took another 500 years before St Mungo founded an early settlement by the River Clyde, and yet another 600 years before King William made Glasgow a Burgh.

In the 18th century, Glasgow developed into a major port, largely due to successful tobacco trade with Virginia in the United States. At the same time, shipbuilding grew into an important industry in what would eventually develop into a very important city in the British Empire. In 1811, Glasgow was the second largest city in Britain (after London).

For avid cruisers, an interesting fact is that The Cunard Shipping Line was founded in Glasgow. Several of the line’s ships were also built here, including the iconic liners Queen Mary and QE2.

Read Avid Cruiser’s full Port Profile featuring Greenock (Glasgow).

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