River Clyde at Greenock

River Clyde at Greenock, Glasgow

This evening, I am focusing on the River Clyde, west of Scotland. This river rises in the Lowther Hills in South Lanarkshire and runs for 106 miles, passing the city of Glasgow and into the sea past Greenock.

This river was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution, particularly shipbuilding, During the 19th and 20th centuries some 35,000 vessels were built on and around the river in the Glasgow area. Although civilian ship building is almost finished military shipbuilding continues to prosper with orders for aircraft carriers in process.

Today, the Clyde is quite clean and perhaps best known for leisure and sporting activities.

Image at top of this post was taken from site of a Roman fortlet dating from the 2nd Century AD.

Here is the Clyde in central Glasgow showing the Finnieston Crane, a memory of shipbuilding in the area.

River Clyde, Glasgow

River Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland

Here is sculling on the Clyde at Glasgow Green.

Sculling on River Clyde

Sculling on River Clyde at Glasgow Green

Here is the famous (and historic) paddle steamer Waverley moored on a frozen over Clyde during mid-winter.

Paddle Steamer Waverley, River Clyde

Paddle Steamer Waverley, River Clyde, Glasgow

Here is Newark Castle on the banks of the Clyde at Port Glasgow. When the castle was in its prime the river would have been the main means of transport and hence the castle’s close proximity to the water.

Newark Castle, Port Glasgow, Scotland

Elsewhere today, I have been working on various tours, in particular a new self-drive (driving) tour of England, Scotland and Ireland for summer 2011. have . A castles tour for June is looking promising.

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