Firth of Clyde from Bowling

This evening, I am focusing on the village of Bowling ( pop 5500) which is situated on the northern banks of the Firth of Clyde  in S.W. Scotland.

The history of Bowling can be traced back to the 2nd century AD when the site represented the western end of the Antonine Wall  which was built by the Romans and occupied between AD 139 and AD160 ( approx.)

Much later, in 1790, Bowling became the western terminus of the 35 mile long Forth &  Clyde Canal which was built to link Scotland’s east and west coasts during the early stages of the Industrial Revolution. Bowling was home to a commercial shipbuilding industry from 1800 to 1979. In the mid 19th century the railway arrived and still serves the village today.

In the 1960s the Forth & Clyde Canal went into decline but has since been renewed and regenerated and is once again open to marine traffic, predominantly leisure craft. The former towpath is also a leisure resource, used by walkers and cyclists and hence a regular stream of visitors pass through Bowling.

Bowling Basin is part of the canal and was restored in 2008 with improved facilities for marine craft. Many boats are moored here.

Moorings at Bowling Basin, West of Scotland.

Bowling Basin Moorings, West of Scotland

Clearly, Bowling has a long and illustrious history and offers many strands of interest to visitors.

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