Stained glass at Giffnock Synagogue.

This morning, I collected a tour group of six persons from the M/S Caribbean Princess at Greenock, Scotland and embarked a day trip covering the following sites:

First to nearby Port Glasgow where we called in to pay  a brief visit to Newark Castle and a view of the adjacent commercial shipyard where a ferry is under construction. Both sites being on south bank of the River Clyde.

Next to Giffnock in south Glasgow. Here we visited interior of the Synagogue and made selected purchases of Jewish tartan at the adjacent kosher restaurant.

Giffnock Synagogue.

Inside Giffnock Synagogue

Jewish tartan

Next, a brief visit to a nearby kosher delicatessen then on towards the centre of Glasgow and a brief call at the Gorbals region which is a location where Jewish immigrants (mainly refugees from Russian pogroms of the late 19th century) initially settled.

Next, through Glasgow city to the Cathedral and Necropolis region. We visited Glasgow’s oldest building known as Provand’s Lordship which dates from the 15th century, the Jewish section of the Necropolis burial ground and interior of Glasgow Cathedral which dates from the 13th century.

Provand’s Lordship which dates from 15th century.

Jewish sector of Necropolis Burial Ground.

Glasgow Cathedral.

West door of Glasgow Cathedral.

After a light lunch near the Cathedral we drove into central Glasgow where guests availed of 45 minutes exploring the Buchanan Street shopping area.

Our final visit was Garnethill Synagogue which is Scotland’s oldest and dates from 1879. Here also is the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre.

Garnethill Synagogue.

Inside Garnethill Synagogue.

Inside Garnethill Synagogue.

Finally, guests were returned to Greenock and their cruise ship at 4.30pm.

Be Sociable, Share!