GREENOCK has been named the top UK cruise destinations and one of the best in Western Europe, according to a travel website

The Inverclyde town was rated fifth best in the second Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards by Cruise Critic, a leading cruise review site.

It followed Amsterdam, which came first, then Cork, Lisbon and St Peter Port in Guernsey, which all fell in the category ‘British Isles and Western Europe’.

Greenock has been the heart of Scotland's shipping industry for more than a century and acts as a hub for cruise liners as well as freight destined for ports across the globe.

Recently a £14 million investment was announced to give the Greenock Ocean Terminal a new lease of life with a second landing berth and a state-of-the art visitor centre amongst other work.

Inverclyde Councillor and Regeneration Convener, Michael McCormick, said the "excellent news" confirmed the town's position as the "cruise capital of Scotland".

He said: "Every year we see more and bigger ships coming alongside in Greenock which is great for the local economy and a boost to the wider tourism industry in Scotland."

Adam Coulter, UK editor, Cruise Critic: "Greenock itself is an area of outstanding natural beauty, and is also the gateway to Glasgow, making it ideal for those who’d like to explore the surrounding area.

"Cruise Critic members calling at Greenock praised the beautiful scenery, with passengers enjoying excursions to attractions, such as Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle, and Glasgow City."

Earlier this month, a superyacht belonging to a 91-year-old billionaire was spotted berthed in the town.

The luxurious vessel, called the Amaryllis, is owned by American Richard De Vos, 60th wealthiest person in the US.