Renfrew, Glasgow Cathedral, Necropolis & Botanical Garden

Almost a week ago, on the 21st of June, I was visiting the small town of Renfrew and on the other side of the river Clyde – Glasgow.

I stopped in Renfrew for obvious reasons – it has my surname of Frew in it!  How could I not visit it.  As luck would have it the small town held a few surprises for me. However, they weren’t related to my Frew lineage, but rather another lineage in my family tree – the Stewart lineage!

As I came into town on Main Street, the beautiful town hall proudly standing in the center of town, grabbed my attention and called to me.  I parked my car and headed straight to its welcoming entrance beckoning me to explore and make some incredible discoveries in short order!


The Town hall serves the community in the obvious administrative ways, but it also has a very nice little museum as well and that is where my discoveries were unveiled to me on the very first exhibit display!










The first display I came to informed me that Renfrew is the cradle of the Stewart’s!  Wowsers!

As I continued on there also some very interesting artifacts and interesting information about this town.

Before  left, the very nice receptionist let me know where to find a plaque on the side of a building just up the street which marks the spot where the castle used to stand.  I managed to find it and nearby was the local parish church were lucknwould have it, the parish was hosting their weekly coffee and cookies fundraiser!  How lucky I am, get to take a look at the church and get coffee too?


After that little stop in Renfrew that ended up with a major impact, I headed across the river Clyde to the bustling city of Glasgow to enjoy a few of its many treasures.

The hostel I stayed in was situated very conveniently to a lot of fine sights to visit near the University and Kelvingrove Park.

I only had a one nights stay in that interesting city so I focused my attention to just three of its offerings.

First stop, Glasgow Cathedral which survived the reformation period when so many other cathedrals found their demise.  The fine merchants of Glasgow were able to withstand the powers and forces of the times and managed to save this beautiful cathedral from destruction!


Let’s head inside, shall we?



I presume that the chairs in the photo above are exclusively reserved for the Queen and Prince Phillip when they visit so they have front row and distinguished seating right next to where the altar is.  Exquisite rug, isn’t it?



This very old door leading into the sacristy has seen some tumultuous times as evidenced by the leaden bullets lodged in its face!

Now that we have explored the cathedral and some of its many treasures, let’s head back outside and head over to the adjoining graveyard, the Glasgow Necropolis.  This graveyard is the mother of all graveyards as far as I’m concerned; it’s absolutely incredible and absolutely gigantic containing so many interesting headstones, crosses and temple type family crypts.  I will just let the pictures speak for themselves.




Toward the end of the afternoon I was ready to find a park, a garden, or something like that to stroll around in and let all of the historical sights I had been visiting earlier kind of settle in and find their absorption point in my being, when I stumbled upon the Botanical gardens.  Perfection!

Because it was near closing time at 6 pm, I didn’t have enough time to tour all of the greenhouses like I would have liked.  However, it stays light so late here in Scotland, I was able to amble around all the grounds as long as I liked, including a nice river walk.

Here is a sampling of what the botanical gardens has to offer to appease the nature and flower lover within.




Now here is a bit of a treat; they had a superb collection of orchids….


Before going back outside and leaving the humidity of the greenhouses, I spotted some colorful other little gems such as hibiscus and amaryllis…


Back outside again I was delighted to see the dogwoods still blooming here.  They are some of my favorites.  At home my dogwood bloomed in April, and I also got to see some in Ireland last month, and now here in Scotland a month later!  I have been triple treated to a nice long blooming succession on my travels!  What a treat!  I usually only get to enjoy them for a couple of weeks if I’m lucky!

further along the pathways I was lead to herbs and veggies, and eventually to the Rose section…



After a nice walk along the rivers edge I ended my day with a pleasant peaceful feeling,

returning to the welcoming hostel at the top of the park.


What a great day in Glasgow.  The following day I made tracks north to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond…but that’s another story for another time… until then.  Happy trails!


Author: Claudia Frew

Adventuresome, independent, and fun-loving 68-year young American great-grandmother who loves to travel; often going solo!

2 thoughts on “Renfrew, Glasgow Cathedral, Necropolis & Botanical Garden”

  1. Great Post Claudia – Seems crazy, but I have never explored Glasgow, so really enjoyed all your exploits. Some of my Paterson and Skirving ancestors are buried in the Necropolis. As you say a huge burial ground – there are in fact two – North and South, so probably twice the size you thought it was!!


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