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Thursday 28 February 2013


Caledonian Mac Braynes ferry Courisk at Troon harbour during her winter lay up.


Wednesday 27 February 2013

Isle of Arran Ferry

Caledonian Mac Braynes Isle of Arran seen at Troon harbour before entering dry-dock.

Tuesday 26 February 2013

Monday 25 February 2013

Sunday 24 February 2013

Glasgow Tower is a free-standing tower located on the south bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland and forms part of Glasgow Science Centre complex. It holds a Guinness World Record for being the tallest tower in the world in which the whole structure is capable of rotating 360 degrees.

Overall the structure has been a total disaster,as it has never worked properly since its opening,it has been unused for a number of years.

Wednesday 20 February 2013

Monday 18 February 2013

Pride of the Clyde

Pride of the Clyde was a ferry that use to run between Glasgow city centre and Braehead shopping centre.

Tuesday 12 February 2013


The 1899 Waverley approaching Rothesay,the picture probably dates from 1936.

Monday 11 February 2013

Finlaystone House

Finlaystone House is a mansion and estate that lies close to the village of Langbank on the south side of the Clyde..
Finlaystone was a property of the Dennistoun family, and passed to the Cunninghams in the 15th century. It was the seat of the Earl of Glencairn until 1796, and is now the property of the Chief of Clan MacMillan. The house is protected as a category A listed building, and the grounds are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens.
In the late 14th century, King Robert II confirmed a grant of the lands of Finlaystone to Sir John de Danyelstoun (Dennistoun). He was succeeded by his son, Sir Robert, who was keeper of Dumbarton Castle. When he died in 1399 his estates were divided between his daughters. Elizabeth inherited Newark Castle, while Margaret inherited Finlaystone. In 1405 Margaret married Sir William Cunningham, whose family held the estate as the seat of Clan Cunningham until the 19th century. William's grandson Alexander Lord Kilmaurs (1426–1488) was created Earl of Glencairn in 1488. The family were supporters of the Scottish Reformation, hosting the world's first Protestant Reformed communion service by the preacher John Knox in 1556.
The architect John Douglas was commissioned to design a new house in 1746, but building works were not carried out until 1764. The new house incorporated part of the 15th-century castle.  In 1796, the 15th Earl of Glencairn Lord Kilmaurs, Chief of Clan Cunningham died without issue, and Finlaystone passed to a cousin, Robert Graham of Gartmore, whose family took the name Cunningham-Graham. The Cunningham-Grahams sold Finlaystone in 1862 to Sir David Carrick-Buchanan, who in turn sold it in 1882 to George Jardine Kidston.
Kidston commissioned the architect John James Burnet to carry out a Scots Baronial style remodelling of the house, completed in 1903.  The grounds of the house were extended and planted during the early 20th century. Kidston's granddaughter Marian married General Sir Gordon MacMillan, Chieftain of the Clan MacMillan. Their son George Gordon MacMillan is the current chief and owner of Finlaystone. The estate is operated as a visitor attraction, with walks and play areas in the 10 acres of gardens.
The house is not particularly easy on the eye, perhaps too many attempts at remodelling the building.
The woodland walks are nothing special, and the garden is fairly poor, the roar of the nearby dual carriage way is never far away.