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Today, I joined an interesting walking tour led by Ged O’Brien, author of  ‘Played in Glasgow: Charting the Heritage of a City at Play’.

It appears that Glasgow was at the forefront of the development of such sports as Water Polo ( formerly called aquatic football), Lawn Bowls and Football (soccer).  Glasgow’s rapid expansion during the latter half of the 19th century had a dual effect on sporting activity: existing pitches and facilities were moved to accommodate railways and housing developments whilst sporting facilities expanded to keep up with growing population. Football (soccer) was the sport of the working classes. This was relatively cheap to arrange and organise and built on a long tradition which suggests that the current style passing game of football was invented in Scotland. Today, Scotland has two leading clubs on the international stage, namely Celtic and Rangers, both of which are based in Glasgow. In addition to football, Lawn Bowls was and remains popular. This sport was often run in conjunctionwith curling as the two share similar rules.

The tour commenced at the Lighthouse, a famous Glaswegian architectural landmark and architectural exhibition centre, the entrance to which is located in a side street ad bypassed by the great mass of shoppers just a few metres away in Buchanan St.

Lighthouse, Glasgow Architecture


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Royal Troon Clubhouse

This morning, it was time for fond farewells with my tour group. We had an early start in Edinburgh and arrived just on time, about two hours later, at Troon ferry terminal where guests joined the ferry to Larne in Ireland for the second leg of their tour. 

 After a spot of breakfast I paid a brief visit to Royal Troon which is a quality Chanmpionship course located on the Ayrshire coastline. The course was founded in 1878 and course record is held by Greg Norman and E. Woods. The two most famous holes are the 6th (577 yards) and the 8th (Postage Stamp). Read more on Royal Troon Golf Course…

Today, our tour schedule was changed due to impending bad weather. We brought the trip to St. Andrews forward by one day resulting in the following programme:

  • Departed Inverness about 08.45am and drove round to Benromach Distillery at Forres calling in briefly at Nairn Golf Course.

Inverness Town Centre

Nairn Golf course

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