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once been on the Clyde which is why our Glasgow City Cruise service offers such a great experience.” Asides from transporting customers to

popular visitor atractions located adjacent to the river, the Clyde Cruises service also operates evening sailings titled ‘Glasgow by Night’, allowing passengers to view the illuminated waterfront buildings, bridges and cranes, which make up Glasgow’s very distinct riverside skyline. Tese have proven to be extremely popular, with the new waterfront buildings and constant shipyard activity on the river, combined with a colourful historical commentary to provide an altogether fun and interesting evening out. Te company has added a new aſternoon

tour for this summer called Titan Crane and Distillery Tour which combines a river cruise with full commentary to Clydebank for a visit to the top of the John Brown shipyard Titan Crane and a guided tour of Auchentoshan Distillery. It seems the Clyde Cruises services are progressing well although Hamish is keen for

the mode of travel to garner higher levels of uptake from local Glaswegians. Despite this, he has recently expanded into Aberdeen Harbour, one of the UK’s busiest ports, offering tours around the very busy harbour and marine wildlife adventures to view dolphins and whales from the city centre. To put this recent expansion into

perspective, Clyde Cruises parent company, Clyde Marine Services was formed in 1913 against a backdrop of a booming shipping industry along the river. Its core activities were marine services and shipping assistance for the huge number of vessels and shipbuilders which used the River and Firth of Clyde. Surviving two world wars and a major global depression, the company has continually adapted and evolved to meet contemporary market demands. Te organisation is now spread across two

interlinked companies, with Clyde Cruises offering corporate hospitality services on the river from Glasgow onboard a new purpose- built vessel named Clyde Clipper, as well as two and three-day short breaks around

the west coast, exploring Scotland’s rich history and marine wildlife along the West Coast with sailings through the Crinan and Caledonian Canals. Hamish Munro, its current MD is certainly

a man with vision, describing big plans for the continued development of the company in the run up to 2014. Considering his experience, observers should be confident in the direction its heading. Hamish has been working on the river since he was old enough to walk, going on to study naval architecture at Strathclyde University before spending two years in the now defunct Scot Lithgow shipyard. Aſter working in various corners of the globe, he joined the family business in 1997, overseeing many of the structural changes which have taken place.


Full details of the sailings from Glasgow city centre and private charter options can be found at

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