Culture of Scotland: Castles and Architecture of Glasgow – Day 4: Castles - each with their own personality

A varied day on which you will visit the abbey, various and very interesting castles that have a unique personality. And at the end of the day you will find yourself on the beach enjoying the beautiful view and sound of the surf.
Culture of Scotland: Castles and Architecture of Glasgow

Trip duration: 8 days

Anastasia Omelchuk

Paisley Abbey


The abbey was founded in 1163 by Walter Fitzalan, First Lord Seneschale of Scotland. Paisley was originally a monastery in which 13 monks lived. In 1219, Paisley became a full abbey. During the 13th century, the abbey accepted many young people for study, among them was William Wallis, later the national hero of Scotland. Among the important historical relics kept in the church, an important place is occupied by the Celtic cross, dating back to the 10th century.

Dumbarton Castle


This building is only the palace of the governor of the castle, Governor's House, built in the 18th century. In fact, it was not a castle but rather a fortress, the main structures of which were located between the two peaks of the rock. It is believed that Dumbarton is the oldest fortification in Britain, whose history dates back to the middle of the 5th century. The name “Dambarton” comes from “Dun Breatann”, which means “fortress of the Britons”. The fortification here was still at the beginning of the first millennium. From here the Romans began to build the wall of Anthony.

Newark Castle

Monuments / Landmarks

Newark Castle - a beautiful and well-preserved building, located on the southern bank of the Firth of Clyde. It is all the more surprising to find that before the 1980s, another shipyard occupied comfortable areas to the east of Newark Castle and to the south of it: virtually completely blocking it from internal review. It looked completely different in 1478, when George Maxwell inherited "Barony of Finlastoun" and built a castle for six years. Parts of George Maxwell’s castle remain visible in the structure you see today. There is something to explore, impressions of the embankment of the Clyde River, views from the tower and an unusual history and surroundings.

One Cove Road


Customer review about this place: "It’s always busy with great energy and the staff are very friendly. The views are fantastic and I’ve actually just visited today having my favourite coffee with a slice of homemade cappuccino cake which was freshly baked in the cafe this morning..."

The Pencil Monument

Scenic Lookouts

In memory of the Battle of Largs, an obelisk in the form of a traditional Gaelic-Irish round tower was installed on the battlefield, which was informally called the Pencil. This is a tribute to the Scots morale - pushing the Vikings back and forcing them to retreat, this time. It is also located on a beautiful cape - it is worth staying on one of the benches to admire the stunning view of the Firth of Clyde. Also this is a high pointed tower, which is higher than you think until you get close.

Kelburn Castle

Monuments / Landmarks

One of the oldest Scottish castles. It attracts attention with its colorful decoration because the ancient facade of the mansion, built in the 13th century, is densely covered with bright graffiti. When the building began to collapse, there was no money for its reconstruction, and then the owner of the castle, Patrick Boyle, Count of Glasgow, not without the help of his children, made a brilliant and bold decision - to give the facade "at the mercy" to street artists. For this, masters from Brazil were invited, who, along with Scottish artists, painted the ancient castle with bright modern graffiti.

Irvine Beach


One of the visitors writes: "The scenery is just stunning, we could see snow capped mountains in the distance over the water. And, as on our previous visit there were a number of horse riders on the beach, nothing more beautiful than watching horses walking through the surf. Highly recommended."


Cafés, Bars

Visit this restaurant and discover Mediterranean cuisine. In the menu, pay attention to good pizza, spaghetti carbonara and rib-eye. The chefs cook good lemon meringue, ice cream and lemon pie. The wine list is very diverse in Lido. From the point of view of visitors, the staff here is helpful. According to guest reviews, the service is superb.