View of Dumbarton from Dumbarton Castle

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Balloch, Loch Lomond and drove south for about 15 minutes to Dumbarton where we visited the castle. Dumbarton Castle has a long history dating back to the first millennia when it was the power centre of the Kingdom of Strathclyde, subsequently a medieval fortification and then a gun battery in the early 19th century. Despite persistent rain we visited all aspects of the site which offered good views of the Firth of Clyde and Dumbarton. The castle site is home to a wide range of flora and bird life.

On July 29th 1548 Mary, Queen of Scots embarked on a French ship at Dumbarton Castle for France at age 5 yrs. She spent the subsequent 13 years in France.

Argyll Battery at Dumbarton Castle

French prison at Dumbarton Castle

Firth of Clyde from Dumbarton Castle

After Dumbarton we moved closer to Glasgow and visited Auchentoshan Distillery where we joined a tour to learn about aspects of whisky making from maltingĀ and mashing through fermentation, distillation and maturation culminating in tastings. Auchentoshan produces about 2.0m litres of spirit p.a.

Tour group at Auchentoshan Distillery

Whisky Stills at Auchentoshan Distillery

Auchentoshan Single Malts

Next, we had lunch in Glasgow Southside and then visited the site of the Battle of Langside which took place in 1568 between the forces of Mary, Queen of Scots and the Regent Moray. The forces of the latter prevailed following which Mary escaped to England.

Battle of Langside Monument, Glasgow

Next, we visited Glasgow Cathedral, a Presbyterian place of worship which was originally Catholic and dates from the 13th century. A local volunteer guide provided us with a one hour escorted tour of the building and its history.

Nave, Glasgow Cathedral

Finally, guests checked into their lodgings in central Glasgow at conclusion of the day’s tour.

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