A new book tracing the history of the journeys from Glasgow to Bute and Cowal via train, steamer and ferry has just been published.
‘The Glasgow, Cowal and Bute Route Through Time’, by Chris Hogg and Lynn Patrick, shows how the route between Scotland’s biggest city and two of its most popular historic holiday destinations has changed over the last century through the clever use of ‘past and present’ photography.
Each of the book’s 96 pages features two pictures, one of them an old picture of part of the route - beginning at the Broomielaw and Glasgow’s great railway termini and ending at Dunoon, Innellan, Rothesay, Mount Stuart and Ettrick Bay - and the other a present-day image taken from as close a point to the original as possible.
The result is a fascinating series of sharp contrasts between the past and the present, showing how some locations, such as the view of the Glenburn Hydropathic (now Hotel) from steamers arriving in Rothesay, have barely changed, while others, such as the former St Enoch Station in Glasgow city centre, a shopping centre since the 1980s, are virtually unrecognisable.
The book is published by Amberley Publishing and costs £14.99.