Visit the Clyde this summer

As the tourist season gets going in Scotland, we've been looking at what's on offer right along the river from Braehead to Dumbarton.

On the land

Along the banks of the River Clyde, you'll find some of the area's most popular tourist attractions, many of them created on riverside sites which in past decades were used as shipyards or for  heavy industry. Now, regeneration is gradually transforming the areas around the Clyde, bringing new businesses, tourism and residential development, new services and jobs to Clyde Waterfront.

The splendid new Riverside Museum is just a year old, but in that first year has already established itself as a popular destination for visitors and local people alike. The impressive building, designed by Zaha Hadid, has a  dramatic location on the waterfront, where Glasgow's other river, The Kelvin, flows into the Clyde. The museum provides a unique insight on the story of Glasgow and its important role in the development of transport and technology.

The  Glasgow Science Centre at Pacific Quay is one of Scotland's most popular tourist attractions and a great choice as a family day out.  Built on an area of reclaimed dockland on the South of the river the science centre offers interactive experiences that inspire, challenge and engage to increase awareness of science for all in Scotland and includes an IMAX cinema.

And for a bit of variety and great family entertainment, Xscape is an exciting leisure facility at Braehead. Ski on real snow at the indoor ski slope and enjoy the vast array of shops at the Braehead shopping centre.

Further downriver, the Titan Crane at Clydebank provides an important connection with the Clyde's shipbuilding past. Take the lift to the top to survey the area where many of the Clyde's most famous liners were built and launched. This summer the Titan Crane  becomes Scotland's latest bungee location, with opportunities to bungee jump from the top of the crane.

In Dumbarton, you can visit the Scottish Maritime Museum and explore  the  Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank. This is an opportunity to step back into the world of the Victorian ship designer. Built in 1882 it retains many original features including the 300 foot long test tank.

Dumbarton Castle at Dumbarton Rock is an ancient building in an exciting location, an ideal place to explore some of Scotland's long history.

On the water

A great way to see the sights and reach many of these tourist destinations is to take to the water. A regular waterbus service runs all summer, operated by Clyde Clippers and linking the city centre with the Glasgow Science Centre, the Riverside Museum, Govan and Braehead. This year, Clyde Clippers have linked up with Glasgow City Sightseeing tour buses to offer a joint ticket deal.

There are also two ferries across the river. The Govan Ferry provides a link between Govan and the Riverside museum.The long-established Renfrew-Yoker Ferry provides another route across the river, now operated by Clyde Link.

Other options on the river are attractions in themselves. Most famous of all, the Waverley is the only surviving sea-going paddlesteamer in the world. Waverley frequently visits the Clyde and offers a range of excursions.

Have fun on the river and see the sights as well, Seaforce offer sightseeing trips down the river by powerboat.

Although it is a static visitor attaction The Tall Ship is also on the river. The Glenlee has recently undergone refurbishment work and is moored alongside the Riverside Museum. Of the many hundreds of ships built in Glasgow's shipyards, the Glenlee is one of only five Clyde built ships still afloat in the world today and she is the only one of her kind in the UK.

In the air

A seaplane service has been successfully established on the Clyde, making it possible to fly direct from Glasgow city centre to Oban and Tobermory, over some of Scotland's most stunning scenery.