Thursday, 25 August 2011

Arcadia's first visit to Greenock

This morning at 7am P&O cruise liner Arcadia sailed past the Esplanade on her first visit to Greenock. Although this is Arcadia's first visit, she is not the first vista class liner to berth at the container terminal, having previously welcomed Westerdam and Queen Victoria to our town.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

AIDA blu

Arriving in Greenock this morning, for her first of 2 visits this year, is AIDA blu.

Saturday, 13 August 2011


Another of Fred Olsen's liners visited Greenock today. This time it was Balmoral. Weather was pretty miserable when she arrived early this morning but had cleared up a bit by the time she departed this evening. I hope she has a smooth sailing on her way to Invergordon.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011


Today's miserable weather is definitely not very summery, it's been raining all day and feels more like November than August. Thankfully I have some pictures taken last month on a lovely sunny morning to cheer me up.

Ginger was a working horse in the Greenock docks in the 1880's who met a tragic death when he fell into the water.This statue at the junction of Rue End Street and Cathcart Street was made by Andy Scott who also made the wood nymph statue at the other end of the town centre and the water kelpie heads at Falkirk wheel.

Friday, 5 August 2011


The county town of Argyll, Inveraray must have the highest whitewash bill in Scotland. The result is a lovely little town. Most of the buildings date back to the 19th century and give the place a very historic feel.

Main Street with its tourist shops
Inveraray parish church
Birthplace of Neil Munro author of the Para Handy stories
Looking towards the jail from Inveraray pier
Vital Spark, the puffer skippered by Para Handy

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Inveraray jail

Voted as one of the world's top prison museums, Inveraray Jail dates back to the 1820's. The jail has been refurbished and through the use of actors and models in authentic costume, props and audio playback it gives a real feel of what it was like to have been an inmate.

Front view of the courthouse
Inside the courtroom
A typical cell with several occupants
Children were also imprisoned here
Inside the warder's room
Prisoners washed their own clothes
The kitchen where food was prepared for the prisoners
Warder and matron supervise a prisoner in the airing yards
A black maria used for transporting prisoners

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Falkirk wheel

Day 3 of my stay at home summer holidays and a trip to see the Falkirk wheel.

This massive piece of machinery is built into the hillside above Falkirk and enables boats to transfer between the Forth & Clyde canal and the Union canal without having to go through a whole sequence of locks.

A whole tourist industry has been developed beside the wheel with boat trips, childrens play area and souvenir shop and of course the burger vans and ice cream vendors. The site wasn't short of visitors with several foreign accents to he heard.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Bothwell Castle re-enactment display

Historic Scotland looks after over seventy buildings and sites throughout Scotland. including Bothwell Castle in Lanarkshire. The courtyard played host to a display by re-enactment group, Carrick 800. They brought along their tents, weapons and armour. Between battle scenes they displayed some of their traditional crafts.

Tents set up in the castle's courtyard

Armour on display along with some pikes

Pikemen gathering for battle

Children getting in on the action

Scottish army entering the battlefield

Swordsmen displaying their skill

Both armies face up to one another

A successful outcome - the English are defeated

A mock charge towards the spectators