Rosslyn Chapel

Today was the penultimate day of our Ireland and Scotland tour. Weather proved very favourable with sunshine and blue skies.

We departed our Edinburgh lodgings at 0930 and drove down to visit the nearby Rosslyn Chapel (above), a magnificent example of 15th century stone masonry skills which has been made famous via the da Vinci code. Guests attended the 10.00 am guided tour which provided insight into this building with its long and complex history.

Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel

We departed Rosslyn about 11.00 am and then drove west to a principal destination of the day, Port Glasgow to visit certain sites connected with guests’ ancestry.


Our first stop was Bouverie Street and a just-in-time photo opportunity as the remaining section of housing was in process of demolition.

Bouverie Street, Port Glasgow

Next, we walked down through the former Chapel Lane, another ancestral site, to St. John the Baptist Church, location of a family wedding in 1915.




Port Glasgow

Port Glasgow

Next to Crawford Street where John McKay and Elizabeth Jamieson lived, at no 7, in 1915.

Crawford Street

Next to Church Street where we endeavoured to find no 29. Our efforts were partially successful in that ascertained from locals that the 1889 era residence had been demolished but we located the general area and were aided by a very helpful local lady, Maureen, who showed guests into her own tenement which resembled our target.

Church Street, Port Glasgow

Church Street

With Maureen at Church Street, Port Glasgow

Church Street

Next, we walked round to Bay Street which still exists but our target of no 40 ( 1915 residence) had been demolished with site now occupied by high-rise social housing.

Bay Street, Port Glasgow

Bay Street

Next, we went to nearby Greenock, another ancestral site, for a ‘drive through’.

Next, we moved to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs area and our destination for the night of the pleasant country town of Drymen. En-route we called in to view the ruined Buchanan Castle, seat of Clan Graham.

Buchanan Castle, Scotland

Buchanan Castle

This evening the Strathendrick Pipe Band Association gave an hour long performance in the centre of Drymen. A selection of performance images of is  provided below.

Strathendrick Pipe Band

Video clip of Pipe Band

Strathendrick Pipe Band

Tomorrow, is the final day of the tour.