Monday 15th October 2018

Glasgow – Day 1

Anne and I went for a wee holiday to Glasgow. This followed two bus trips to Glasgow earlier in the year, at Easter and in the Summer. We got up at 7.00 and got ready for off after doing our tasks for the day (like setting the fire and doing the washing). We used my Ka for the trip.

We left Contullich before 9.00 heading south. We went the West coast route heading to Beauly, over the Cul na Kirk and onto Drumnadrochit. We stopped by Loch Ness side to have a picnic. 

We then went on to Morrisons in Fort William where we bought sandwiches, crisps and drinks for our picnic later. We also used Morrison’s loo. The day was stunning, sun nearly all the time. The countryside was amazing.

We stopped several times going through Glencoe for me to take photos. 

We had our lunch picnic once we got to the Rannoch Moor. 

We called at the Green Wellie shop at Tyndrum.

This is Loch Lommond.

We had a break at the other end of Loch Lommond before hitting the Glasgow traffic. The roads through Glasgow are quite amazing taking you on dual carriageway to almost your destination.

We reached the guest house at about 3.10. The wee man John who registered us was very pleasant but wanted to talk and registration and getting our keys and room access took ages. Eventually we got our luggage up to our room and had something to eat. The room is lovely.

This is where we are staying

Onslow Guest House
2 Onslow Dr
Glasgow G31 2LX

We arranged this through –

We went for a walk which ended up 5 miles.

We went first to see the Buffalo Bill statue. I had seen this marked on Google Maps. 

We then headed to the Necropolis. These pictures are taken passing along Duke Street.

This is Glasgow Cathedral showing up.

We went in to the Necropolis for just a short walk to the Bridge of Sighs. The cemetery was to close at 4.30 so we didn’t get a chance to see more of it. 

The zoom lens can make up for not getting in to see the Necropolis.

We walked all the way round the Royal Infirmary.

And back to the cathedral.

Then we headed down to the Gallowgate and the Clyde.

As I took this picture of this mural a Glaswegian man shouted across the street “Hey Mr Cameraman” in that endearing way that Glaswegians do to step into your life. When I shouted “hello” he asked “do ye have a fag”. Well I’m not a smoker so could not fulfill his desires. But it’s quite a mural.

We came down to the Tollbooth and the Tollbooth Steeple.

This beautiful church is St. Andrews in the Square.

And passed Glasgow Green.

The McLennan Arch.

And on to the Albert Bridge over the River Clyde. The reflections are amazing.

We crossed over and then went up the Clyde to St. Andrews Suspension Bridge which took us back over to Glasgow Green.

This seems to be Giant Hogweed.

St. Andrews Suspension Bridge.

This amazing building is Templeton On The Green, previously known as the Templeton Carpet Factory. It was opened in 1892. I think it is now apartments.

As we headed back up to Duke Street we passed two abandoned schools. This is St. James Public School.

And then Turren Street Public School. These were probably the Catholic and Protestant Schools that we passed. Its so sad that such beautiful buildings are left to go to ruin. They are far better built than modern schools. We will wait to see the new Alness Academy!

And we went to the Nakodar Indian Restaurant for our tea. I had a Bhuna curry and Anne a Korma. They were really nice. The Nan Bread ordered was vast, too vast! My it is getting dark early.

We came back to Onslow Guest House and had a restful evening. I put together a very rough webpage for the day. This is it tidied up a bit.