This morning, I collected guests from Argyll Hotel, Glasgow and proceeded on a private tour as follows: 

  • To Crookston Castle which is a 15th century stone fortress-residence of Sir John Stewart of Darnley standing within a defensive earthwork dating to Sir Robert Croc’s time in the late 12th century. A very impressive edifice in the somewhat incongruous setting of a Glasgow housing estate. We were able to enter the interior and explore the various floors of this former high status building.
  • After Crookston we drove to nearby Paisley, principally to visit the famous and impressive Abbey which was founded in 1163 by Walter Fitzalan, the High Steward of Scotland and from whom the Stewart royal house of Scotland is descended.
  • Next to Bearsden Roman Baths which date from the time of the Antonine Wall, about AD140. This was a leisure facility for Roman soldiers stationed at one of the 26 forts on the Wall. Similar to modern-day Turkish baths. Evidence of underfloor, hypocaust heating and sophisticated water management which fed not only the baths but also the latrine. After visiting the baths we went on into Bearsden for a light lunch in the town.
  • Our next target was Bothwell Castle, built beside the River Clyde during the mid 13th century by Walter of Moray. Heavily involved in the Wars of Independence and frequently changed hands between Scots and English. In later years much of the stone was robbed to build a nearby mansion. However, the remains are impressive and the castle deserving of a visit.
  • Our final stop was Glasgow Cathedral which dates from the 13th century and was virtually unscathed by the Reformation of the 16th century.  Close by is Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s oldest house which dates from the 1400s. 

Weather was mixed but did not affect our enjoyment of the above sites.

Tomorrow, we are off to Edinburgh.