Monday, 14 July 2014

Commonwealth Baton

After having traveled around the world, the Commonwealth baton is almost withing touching distance of Glasgow.

The baton bearers were given the honour of taking the beautifully crafted baton through the  streets of Inverclyde, stopping off at selected local landmarks.

The relay will finish at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games on 23rd July in Glasgow.

The baton held aloft in front of the Free French Memorial in Greenock
A baton bearer enjoying her moment on The Esplanade

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

MV Explorer - Semester at Sea

Semester at Sea is an educational programme which is run by the Institute for Shipboard Education and sponsored by University of Virginia.

MV Explorer is a modern cruise ship with 9 classrooms, a library and a computer lab.

The current group of students spent four days in Greenock where they could undertake such activities as climb Ben A'nn, canoe on Loch Lomond, visit Burns' country and many more.


A couple of photos taken from Ashton Road in Gourock.

During the summer there are a large number of boats lying moored off Gourock Yacht Club.

The Argyll hils make a wonderful backdrop.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

PS Waverley

It is now 40 years since Waverley was sold to The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society for £1.

It is always good to see her sailing up and down the Clyde during the summer.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

River Clyde

Greenock's cruise season is well under way with a few new visitors to the Clyde this month.

The final visitor of the month had a relatively late arrival time this morning, coming at around 11am.

While waiting for Discovery, Arklow Fame passed on her way to Glasgow. The green-hulled Arklow ships are a regular sight on the Clyde.

Also seen were small boat Sponiel. I've never seen her before and not sure if she is a pleasure boat or a work boat.

A mute swan swam alongside the Esplanade towards Greenock then took off and flew back the way she came.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Bo'ness & Kinneil railway

The Bo'ness & Kinneil preserved railway is operated by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society.

The railway line runs from Bo'ness to Manuel with stops at Kinneil and Birkhill on the way.

 Our trip started at Bo'ness where steam loco 62712 Morayshire was returning from a tour. This year she has been repainted from her usual green LNER livery into black British Railways colours.

We then made our way to Birkhill station to await the arrival of the final tour of the day which was hauled by class 37 diesel loco 37401 Mary Queen of Scots.

Kinneil House

Kinneil House was built on land given to the Duke of Hamilton after the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

The property fell into disrepair and was set to be demolished in the early 20th century until a series of decorative wall paintings were discovered in some of the rooms. These were considered to be of great enough historical importance to put a stop to the demolition.

The house is managed by The Friends of Kinneil and Historic Scotland and parts of the house are open to the public on a few days throughout the year. Because of the delicate paintings they operate a rule of no flash photography inside the building. This rule was on my visit applied over zealously as meaning no photography was allowed. However this did not apply to the grounds of the house.

The house was built during a period where the sovereignty of Scotland was being challenged. At the rear of the house are defensive gunloops from where the house could be protected.

In later years the house was occupied by industrialist John Roebuck who allowed James Watt to use the cottage behind the house while he was working on developing the steam engine, a part of which is displayed outside the remains of the cottage.

Nearby Kinneil Church has been unused since the 17th century and the only remaining parts of the ruin are the western gable wall and the graveyard.