This morning, I collected my tour group from the Queen Elizabeth at Greenock, Firth of Clyde and then proceeded as follows:

First to Bearsden Roman Bath House. This was connected with a nearby fort on the Antonine Wall which dates from around AD 142.

Roman Bath House, Bearsden

Roman Bath House, Bearsden, Glasgow

Next, we arrived at Auchentoshan Distillery where we availed of a one hour tour learning all about the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes relating to Scotch whisky.

Distilling Whisky at Achentoshan Distillery

Distilling Whisky at Achentoshan Distillery, Glasgow

 

Maturing Whisky Casks at Auchentoshan Distillery

Maturing Whisky Casks at Auchentoshan Distillery, Glasgow

 

Auchentoshan Distillery, Glasgow

Auchentoshan Distillery, Glasgow, Scotland

Next to the impressive Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, one of the top such establishments in Europe and which houses some 8,000 exhibits ranging from ancient Egypt to old masters to fossils to engineering.

Kelvingrove Museuam and Art Gallery, Glasgow

Kelvingrove Museuam and Art Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

Here is an image of James Watt’s steam engine. This was transformational as the technology powered the Industrial Revolution. James Watt hailed from Glasgow.

James Watt Steam Engine, Kelvingrove Museum
James Watt Steam Engine, Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow

 Next we travelled down to Pacific Quay to view the River Clyde in context of the local architecture and bridges. View included the Clyde Auditorium or ‘Armadilllo’, Science Centre, and ‘Squinty’ Bridge.

River Clyde at Glasgow

River Clyde at Glasgow, Scotland

 Next to visit Glasgow’s 13th century Cathedral. We were fortunate to engage the services of an excellent and expert Cathedral guide who, in the course of an hour’s tour, explained all facets of this important and historic building which sits on a site of Christian worship dating back to around the 6th century AD.

Inside Glasgow Cathedral

Inside Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

Next, we walked across the road to visit Provand’s Lordship. This is Glasgow’s oldest house dating back to the 15thcentury and was originally part of the buildings associated with the Cathedral administration.

Provand's Lordship, Glasgow

Provand's Lordship, Glasgow, Scotland

Inside Provand's Lordship, Glasgow's Oldest House
Inside Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s Oldest House, Scotland

Our final visit was to Newark Castle which sits on the banks of the Clyde in Port Glasgow. This was connected with Maxwell family and dates from the 15th century. A programme of restoration was underway durig our visit. However, we still maanged to viist the key aspects of the interior. 

Newark Castle, Port Glasgow

Newark Castle, Port Glasgow, Scotland

 Finally, we returned to Greenockat around 4.30pm, in time to connect with the cruise ship’s departure schedule.

Overall, a good tour but weather was indifferent with prolonged spells of rain.

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