Pencil Monument at Largs which commemorates the Battle of Largs on 2 October 1263 between forces of Norway and Scotland.

This morning, I collected guest from Paisley and drove him to Howwood  a large village near Johnstone and about 20 mins S.W. of Paisley.

At Howwood we met with a local resident who escorted us on a tour of the village with emphasis on connections with guest’s ancestral connections including the parish church, railway station, bowls club, George Street and sites connected with historic textile bleaching.

Howwood Station.

Milton Bowling Club.

Howwood Village Hall.

Inside Howwood Parish Church.

Howwood Parish Church.

View from Howwood.

George Street, Howwood

We had lunch at the Boarding House restaurant at Howwood and then moved on to nearby Lochwinnoch where we visited the RSPB Nature Reserve, Parish Church, Free Church and ancient burial ground.

Church of St John Burial Ground at Lochwinnoch

RSPB Nature Reserve at Lochwinnoch

Parish Church at Lochwinnoch.

Next, we followed the Clyde coast round past Inverkip to Largs where we stopped at the Marina to view the Pencil Monument and avail of refreshment.

Next, we followed the A760 through the region of Muirshiel Regional Park, back through Lochwinnoch and on to Greenock. Here we visited an ancestral site at Nile Street and then went on to the famous view of the Firth of Clyde from Lyle Hill.

Nile Street, Greenock

View from Lyle Hill, Greenock

Finally we returned to Howwood, first visiting the shop of a local craft leather worker whose products included sporrans before checking into our lodgings at a country club which was built on the site of a former bleaching works.

Tomorrow we return to Glasgow.