This site is all about Rutherglen and surrounding district - or at least as much of it as I am able to provide.
The ‘Rutherglen’ we’re concerned with here - the original one - lies on the south-eastern fringes of The City of Glasgow and is the oldest Royal Burgh in Scotland. It was granted a Royal Charter by King David I in 1126 and for long was known as a fishing village. Even to this day residents of the Burgh are entitled to progress, without let or hindrance, down the River Clyde to the sea and back – as enshrined in King David’s Charter. Naturally, few Ruglonians are aware of this age-old privilege which, considering Rutherglen’s present configuration, might seem droll to many - though definitely not to members of The Rutherglen Cruising Club.
Oh Yes! Situated on the south bank near Shawfield Greyhound Stadium we have such a thing. You can see it from the train as you pass - a single pontoon beside a railed slipway leading to a yard above, crowded with boats of every shape and size. Fascinating to behold in a heavily urbanised environment.
Rutherglen is a focal point for the neighbouring communities of Cambuslang, Halfway, Burnside, Cathkin, Springhall, Fernhill, Spittal, Bankhead and Toryglen - a satellite housing estate along to the west - as well as Carmunnock, a sleepy village snuggling to the south on the other side of the Cathkin Braes. Please read on...