Twenty-one bridges span the Clyde in central Glasgow. It takes approximately 2 1/2 hours to walk the Heritage Trail between the first and the 21st bridges. I just walked the trail between two of these bridges and crossed both of them. Here are some photos from my walk:
The story of Glasgow’s bridges. This plaque can be found at the south entrance to the South Powell Street Suspension Bridge which was built in 1853.
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I started my walk from our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express on Stockwell at the foot of Victoria Bridge. I then walked down Clyde Street on the north side of the river and crossed the South Powell Street Suspension Bridge. Then I traced my steps and walked back to Victoria Bridge (but on the river side of Clyde Street), crossed that bridge and then turned around and walked back to the hotel. It wasn’t much of a walk; but there was a lot to see.
The Clutha bar across from the Holiday Inn Express at the foot of Victoria Bridge.
Reflections in glass building next door to St Andrew’s Cathedral on Clyde Street.
The main entrance to St. Andrew’s Metropolitan Cathedral (Roman Catholic).
Another reflection of the cathedral in the glass building next door. See here for the monochrome version of yet another cathedral reflection that was my entry for Monochrome Madness 3-13.
Clyde Street one block west of the cathedral.
Further down Clyde Street.
View of Custom House Quay and amphitheatre from the South Powell Street Suspension Bridge. Our Glasgow Lindyhoppers are dancing in the foreground (see here and here for more photos of the Lindyhoppers).
Looking north across the South Powell Street Suspension Bridge (pedestrians only).
Looking across the Clyde from the foot of South Powell Street Suspension Bridge near Carlton Place. St Andrew’s Cathedral is on the left and our Holiday Inn Express is on the right immediately to the left of the two steeples.
Looking west at Glasgow Bridge and one of two Caledonian railway bridges from the South Powell Street Suspension Bridge. That’s the Jury’s Inn hotel on the right.
Famous tiger street art near the north entrance to the South Powell Street Suspension Bridge. See here for more Glasgow Street Art.
Victoria Bridge. The first bridge to span the Clyde was built here and the city of Glasgow grew up on both sides of that bridge.
View of City Union Railway Bridge and Glasgow Central Mosque from Victoria Bridge.
Looking east underneath the City Union Railway Bridge from Victoria Bridge.
The Glasgow Central Mosque is the largest mosque in Scotland.
The Glasgow Sheriff – Justice of the Peace and Stipendiary Magistrate Court on the corner of Gorbals Street and Carlton Place and across the street from the Glasgow Central Mosque.
This was my last walk in Scotland. We spent the next day at Kelvingrove Museum and the following day we flew to Dublin and then all the way to San Francisco.