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Free Govan ferry returns for 2019 season

I wish I’d known about this sooner, as I was in Govan and visited both the spot where the new/current ferry operates from, and the site of the original Govan ferry.

While there’s not much left of the original ferry terminal area, there is enough to recognise it for what it was, and I’d have stopped for a pic, but for a couple of shady looking characters who looked as if they were doing drugs in the semi-hidden area nearby meant I hurried past.

The Govan Summer Ferry will operate from 03July up to 20 October 2019.

Free to use, the ferry sails between as follows:

8am – 6pm Monday to Friday

10.00am – 5.30pm at weekends

The ferry departs Govan from the pontoon at the bottom of Water Row and shuttles backwards and forwards continually throughout the day, with the last ferry departing Kelvin Harbour 6pm weekdays, and 5.30pm weekends.

There is space for bikes, so cyclists can use the crossing too.

The Govan Summer Ferry is provided free of charge thanks to fundraising led by Govan Workspace and the generous donations of many local organisations and agencies.

Do You Have Limited Mobility?

If you have limited mobility please be aware the ferry is not completely accessible but as long as you are happy to be assisted onboard, please contact Gregor Connelly on 07545 903 626 in advance of your trip so things can be prepared.

Confirm details on the ferry’s web site here:

Free Govan Ferry 2019

Free Govan Ferry - Ellens Isle - via Get into Govan

Free Govan Ferry – Ellens Isle – via Get into Govan

I was there a few days too early to see the ferry.

But I did find one pic I’d collected there, showing Tall Ship (the barque Glenlee) moored in front of Riverside.

So, I was at least close.

The Tall Ship and Riverside from Govan

The Tall Ship and Riverside from Govan

This is actually a fascinating place to wander around, and I collected a load of pics of various memorials.

I had no idea this area was even accessible, and only made the trip because I spotted the extensive railings (seen the in the pic) which border a long walkway along this side of the river.

It’s well worth the effort to get to.

This is also described on the Get into Govan web site:

Govan’s new riverside walkway is now open to the public and the transformation is fabulous. The stunning new pathway, which creates access to Govan Old along the waterfront from Water Row to Wanlock Street, restores access to this part of the riverside for the first time since the closure of the Harland & Wolff Shipyard. With unrivalled views of the river, the new pathway is a great place to walk, sit, cycle and enjoy the waterfront, and, even better, the true splendour of Govan Old, Govan’s own cathedral, is revealed for all to see and appreciate. The pathway leads directly to the summer ferry terminal at Water Row and will come into its own when the new Govan-Partick pedestrian and cycle bridge is complete in 2021 – helping to connect up journeys and boost visitor numbers to Govan.

Now open – Govan’s fabulous new riverside walkway

This sign dates its opening to 2017, so I’m not as late as usual in finding this.

Govan Old Walkway Sign

Govan Old Walkway Sign

The locals are already making use of it.

Govan Walkway Cat

Govan Walkway Cat

I thought that cat had short legs – but at this time of year it’s more likely to be a belly full of kittens!

I wasn’t as close as this shot looks, and never got any closer than about 10 metres before she slipped through a fence in into a nearby garden.

Then kept popping out to see if I was gone.

06/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, Maritime, Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment


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