This title was the first narrated by Claire Marshall, again sponsored by the best places to eat, stay, shop and drink. The city of Glasgow takes centre stage on this title, alongside the rural beauty of Ayrshire and the majesty of the Isle of Arran.


Sunset over the Clyde from Castle Levan title sponsor.



This title visits the city of Glasgow and the Upper and Lower Clyde Valley, as well as North Ayrshire and the Isles of Arran and Cumbrae.

We start this title in the hills north of the city of Glasgow - the Campsies.
A new long distance path - the Caledonian Way - runs from the here all the way to the Cairngorms.
Also located nearby is the Antonine Wall, a Roman Fortification built in 140 -142 AD prior to the better known Hadrian's Wall.
The forth and Clyde Canal runs at times alongside it as it crosses the country.

The West End of Glasgow is a cosmopolitan mix of bars, cafes and bistros frequented by artists, actors, musicians, students and much else - a real melting-pot of culture. The City of Glasgow has more public buildings and parks than anywhere else in Europe, and was European City of Culture.Charles Rennie Mackintosh was largely responsible for the 'Glasgow Style' and his influence can be seen all over the city.
Glasgow grew around its church - founded in 540, by St Mungo.
Its university was founded in 1451, and the city saw massive growth after the Act of Union in 1707 which allowed trading with the Amercian colonies.
The Merchant City was built during this period and has undergone much refurbishment - as has much of the city.

We leave the city and head south to Hamilton and then Lanark.
Lanark has strong associations with William Wallace - he married Marion Briadfute here in 1296, the English Sheriff Hesselrigg murdered her and Wallace took revenge and killed the Sheriff and some 200 soldiers at the castle - itself now long gone.
This was the start of his war of attrition against the occupying English.
New Lanark is a world heritage site and was a model mill village built 200 years ago, with the worlds first nursery, free health care, education and decent housing for the workers.

Biggar is the next destination, then across country to Abington and Wanlockhead - the highest village in the country and famous for gold mining. It has the 2nd oldest subscription library in Europe dating from 1756.
Then up into Ayrshire and Loudoun Castle - at one time known as the Windsor if the North - now a romantic ruin and the centre-piece of a theme park.
Then we go to Fenwick - a village high on the moors much associated with the convenanters.
We then arrive at Ayr - Robert Burns was born nearby - It was also the birthplace of John McAdam the roadbuilder. An historic settlement it dates from the 13th century, Wallace also killed many hundereds of English soldiers here in 1297 - they say some 500 died in a barn he burnt to the ground.
With a fine beach - Ayr remains a popular Clyde Resort and we pass others such as Troon and Ardrossan enroute to the Isle of Arran.

The ferry arrives at Brodick, with a good range of shops and hotels it is overlooked by Brodick Castle the former island home of the Dukes of Hamilton- now a National Trust property.
We circumnavigate the island in a clockwise direction visiting places such as Corrie, Lochranza - with its castle which sits on the shore in a beautiful setting as immortalised by Sir Walter Scott in 'The Lords of the Isles'. We travel to Blackwaterfoot, passing the only twelve hole golf course in the UK amd then onwards to Kilmory and Kildonan. The south of the island looks out over to Ailsa Craig and the Galloway Forest Park.
We then travel back up the East Coast visiting Whiting Bay, Lamlash and arrive back at Brodick.

We take the ferry back to the mainland and then up the Clyde Estuary to Largs - site of the Battle of Largs that saw the final defeat of the Norse in 1263. Then over to another island - Great Cumbrae.
It's main population centre is Millport - another Clyde resort known to generations of Glasgow folk. It is also home to the Cathedral of the Isles - the smallest in Europe.
Back onto the mainland and up the Clyde to Gourock, here Castle Levan - a refurbished castle from which our cover image was taken, a-top the battlements in the evening sunset.
The final stop is inland en-route back to Glasgow at Neilston, set in the moorland hills near Barrhead.

This is the second title narrated by Claire Marshall and again sponsored by some of the best places to visit, eat, drink and stay whose websites are listed below:-
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