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Glasgow feature for Going Places

Glasgow is a strong contender for my favourite city. I love its vibrancy, its Victorian and modern architecture, its sense of style – and, above all, its famously friendly people.

So I was delighted to return to the city this summer to write about it for Going Places, the in-flight magazine of Malaysia Airlines.

See a PDF of this article, with photography by Robin McKelvie, here.

If you would like to follow in my footsteps I recommend a stay at the Hotel Du Vin.

Greenock's Custom House Quay

Glasgow 2014 flotilla: in pictures

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.

 

The MV Lochinvar at Gourock
The MV Lochinvar at Gourock
Leaving Gourock
Leaving Gourock
Arriving at Greenock to join the flotilla
Arriving at Greenock to join the flotilla
Greenock's Custom House Quay
Greenock’s Custom House Quay
An empty car deck aboard MV Lochinvar
An empty car deck aboard MV Lochinvar
Keeping watch from the bridge of MV Lochinvar
Keeping watch from the bridge of MV Lochinvar
Dumbarton Rock
Dumbarton Rock
The MV Lochinvar passes Dumbarton Rock
The MV Lochinvar passes Dumbarton Rock flo
Leading the flotilla up the Clyde to Glasgow
Leading the flotilla up the Clyde to Glasgow
Passing Erskine Bridge
Passing Erskine Bridge
The flotilla passes underneath Erskine Bridge
The flotilla passes underneath Erskine Bridge
A plane flies overhead as we near Glasgow airport
A plane flies overhead as we near Glasgow airport
The flotilla nears Glasgow
The flotilla nears Glasgow
The BAE shipyard, where the nation's new aircraft carriers were recently built
The BAE shipyard, where the nation’s new aircraft carriers were recently built

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Greeting the crowds as we enter Glasgow
Greeting the crowds as we enter Glasgow
Hundreds of spectators lined the waterfront at the Glasgow Science Centre
Hundreds of spectators lined the waterfront at the Glasgow Science Centre
Greeting the crowds at our final destination, the Glasgow Science Centre
Greeting the crowds at our final destination, the Glasgow Science Centre
The yachts finish their journey at Pacific Quay
The yachts finish their journey at Pacific Quay

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Glasgow 2014: my piece for City AM

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.