Glorious Govan!

I tweeted (@AllAboutGlasgow) a couple of weeks ago that the (free) ferry had started running from the Riverside Museum to Govan. Shortly after, my friend Liz posted on Facebook that she had taken said ferry to Govan so I asked if I could include her words and pictures as a guest blog. Happily she said yes, so here they are.

“Hopped on the free ferry at the Riverside Museum over to Govan to explore the industrial heritage of the area. Designed by Keppie, the offices of the Fairfield Ship Yards – the template of all Glasgow’s (UK and beyond) greatest shipyards – are quite magnificent. Saved from demolition through the persistence of people with vision, this is yet another example of a Glasgow hidden gem. The volunteer guide who took the small group of us on a guided tour was clearly passionate about his subject. Check out the website and pay a visit.”

Thanks to Liz for this. I love the way that the ferry links Partick and Govan. As well as the Fairfield Ship Yards, a visit to Old Govan Parish Church to see the Govan Stones which date from the 9th-11th centuries is a must.

Glasgow Coat of Arms in the sun

I was out in Glasgow’s West End this morning and noticed the late February sun catching the gates of the Botanic Gardens at the entrance on the junction of Great Western Road and Queen Margaret Drive.

Glasgow’s Coat of Arms (granted by the Lord Lyon in 1866) are on the gates. The emblems on the gate relate to Glasgow’s Patron Saint, St Mungo ( that was his nickname, his proper name was Kentigern)

There is an oak tree, a bell, a robin, a salmon, a ring and Glasgow’s motto ‘Let Glasgow Flourish’ which is shortened from the phrase “Lord, let Glasgow flourish by the preaching of the word.”

The story behind theses things can be found here on the Glasgow Story website. When you’re visiting Glasgow see how many places you can see the Coat of Arms around the city.