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You Can Now Sail From Braehead On This New River Clyde Boat Tour

By Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd

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Shop, park and sail away with this new Glasgow boat tour.

A new River Clyde boat tour which takes people past numerous Glasgow sights from Braehead has launched today (August 2). Passengers on board the new vessel known as Tonka, will be able to take a trip “up and doon the watter” to Glasgow city centre and back.

The trip will operate from the boating pontoon at Braehead shopping centre – behind Krispy Kreme –making it convenient for all as you can simply park up and sail away down the Clyde. Forget park and ride, park and cruise is the new journey to take!

Clyde Charters, which is behind the new hour-long boat ride, has announced that several sailings will take place every Monday starting from August 2. Whilst on board, passengers will hear all about the sights they see on their boat trip with a description written by Iain Quinn, who has been responsible for the commentary on the famous Waverley paddle steamer.

Credit: Clyde Charters

Peter Beagley, Braehead’s centre director, said: “Taking a river cruise from Braehead on the Tonka will give people a new and amazing perspective of the amazing sights and history of the riverside all the way to Glasgow. It can make for a fantastic day out for the family with free parking at the centre and lots of shops, cafes and restaurants only a short walk across our boardwalk from the pontoon.”

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Ronnie Doolan, of Clyde Charters said: “You’ll get up closer than you could ever imagine to the best sights on the upper Clyde, like the TS Queen Mary, Glasgow’s famous King George V docks, Glasgow distillery, Tall Ship Glenlee and the River Kelvin with views to the University of Glasgow.”

Ronnie added: “Iain Quinn who writes our commentary has a wealth of knowledge and his stories are guaranteed to raise a few eyebrows.” Passengers will also pass the Transport Museum, Crowne Plaza hotel, the BBC and STV buildings, new warships under construction at Govan, the Azamara cruise ships and even sail over the top of the Clyde tunnel.  Plus, if you are really lucky, the PS Waverley may be at her berth whilst on your trip down the river.

Clyde Charters also offer tours to visit the sugar boar shipwreck at Greenock too.

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