I’ve arrived in Glasgow many times but never before to waving, cheering crowds. The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have brought people out in their thousands to watch events both ticketed and free – and to launch it all, on Saturday July 26th 250 boats sailed up the Clyde from Greenock to the Glasgow Science Centre.
I was lucky enough to be one of the guests onboard CalMac‘s MV Lochinvar, which led this flotilla – the largest ever seen on the Clyde – up the water from Greenock. The MV Lochinvar is CalMac’s newest vessel and was built at Ferguson’s Shipyard in Port Glasgow – which we would sail past on our voyage. It is also one of the ferry company’s two hybrid ferries, which use innovative technology, including battery banks that supply a minimum of 20% of the energy consumed on board.
We set out from Gourock to join the flotilla, departing from this scenic town at the mouth of the Clyde and making our way up the river that was once the heart of Scotland’s shipbuilding industry. I was expecting heavy industry but instead saw geological anomalies, such as Dumbarton Rock, a fortress that has a longer recorded history than any other in Britain, the grand neoclassical Custom House at Greenock quayside, and thousands of flag-waving locals lining the river’s banks.
Here are just some of the many pictures I took along the way.
I visited Glasgow for the first time last year – and promptly fell in love with the place.
This year Scotland’s second city will host the Commonwealth Games, nearby Gleneagles will see the Ryder Cup swing by, and Scotland will welcome the world as part of Homecoming Scotland 2014. So there’s never been a better time to visit.
Read my article about Glasgow for City AM here, and look out for more from me on this fantastic city later on in 2014.
You can also find out more about the city by visiting the website of People Make Glasgow here or following them on Twitter here.
In 2013 I spent a third of my year on the road, taking 31 trips.
Some of these were short breaks close to my North London home, others took me as far afield as Macau, Australia and the USA. Every one of them was interesting, inspiring and worthwhile – but of course there were favourites.
Here is my countdown of my top 10 trips of the year: