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Maryhill Locks, Glasgow, Scotland

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


This evening, my blog theme is the somewhat obscure Maryhill Locks (Forth & Clyde Canal) in Glasgow. However, will first address other daily developments, viz:

  • Glasgow Weather: Mildish (maybe 4 or 5 degrees C) with melt of the snow and ice evident. We are having a relatively mild experience compared to parts of England and Wales which have received heavy snow falls. As an interesting aside, I note from press report that Glenfiddich Whisky Distillery in the Scottish Highlands is contemplating relocating millions of gallons of whisky stored in casks in three of its warehouses the roofs of which have suffered damage from the unprecedented snowfall.
  • Scotland Tours: Re-worked a private tour itinerary at request of clients. Hopefully, this can now be firmed up. Another client sent over flight details realtive to an agreed tour.
  • Website: Finalised a new web page for my Catswhiskerstours website. Now waiting for web manager to complete process.
  • Glasgow Ancestry blog: Posted information on Victorian entrepreneur, William Dunn who was at the forefront of the industrial development of West of Scotland.
  • Maryhill Locks: Main theme of this evening's blog posting.This is a fascinating part of Glasgow's industrial history. This flight of five locks allows the Forth & Clyde Canal (opened 1790) to drop from Maryhill in Glasgow to the valley of the River Kelvin. After many years of decline, this run of locks was refurbished and re-opened on June 25th 1988. I have clients from last year who have expressed interest in cycling along the Canal this year, all the way to Edinburgh which should prove an interesting experience. I hope to join them.
Video clip below shows the Maryhill Locks.

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