Meet me at the Maldron!

Maldron Hotel, the well-equipped and easy-to-find new venue for our monthly meetings in Glasgow city centre

CRSC’s winter programme gets underway on Wednesday 11 October at our new venue — the Maldron Hotel, 50 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G2 3BW.

Eric Schofield’s presentation, titled ‘From Ship to Shore’, will focus on the history of the MacBrayne ‘red boats’ and other small boats tendering between ship and shore on Scotland’s western seaboard — a fondly remembered but widely overlooked aspect of our shipping heritage.

Come along and bring a friend. Formal proceedings begin at 7pm, but we advise everyone to arrive as early as possible so that you can familiarise yourself with the Maldron and socialise with other enthusiasts. CRSC members can pay their 2023-24 subscription there in person or here.

We also encourage you to peruse the goodies on offer in the Club Shop, open from 6pm at the back of our comfortable new meeting room on the first floor.

You will find an updated 2023-24 winter programme lower down this post.

The Maldron Hotel, an unmistakable new 12-storey building at the intersection between Renfrew Street and Renfield Street, is on city centre bus routes and a short walk from Central and Queen Street railway stations and Buchanan Street bus station. For directions and information on bus routes, see the map below. The Maldron has a comfortable bar and restaurant — click here for the menu. Reservations: 0141 340 9720

Our meetings will take place in the comfortable Newbery and Dean Suites, which can be partitioned according to demand. The rooms are sound-proofed against outside noise.

Street entrance to the Maldron Hotel at the intersection of Renfrew and Renfield Streets

Ground floor foyer. There are three lifts (beyond the blackboard, right) as well as a staircase to take us to our first floor meeting room

Maldron Hotel is on city centre bus routes and a short walk from Central and Queen Street railway stations and Buchanan Street bus station. For those arriving at Central station, leave the main concourse by the Hope Street exit and take any of the following bus services up Hope Street to stops adjacent to the Maldron (noting that some turn into Bath Street before reaching that point): 3, 4, 4A, 7, 7A, 17, 38, 38A and 38B. Returning to Central, buses go down Renfield Street to stops adjacent to the station. We hope that our new location will be more than satisfactory for members and that they will quickly adapt to the change.

MacBrayne red ferryboats Ulva, Lochshiel and Iona at Iona Jetty c1968 © Eric Schofield

CRSC winter programme 2023-24 (you can renew your subscription here)

October 11  From Ship to Shore — Eric Schofield

November 8  CMAL Vessel Replacement Programme — James Anderson, CMAL Director of Vessels

December 13  My World of Ferries — Robert Stanley

January 10  Members Night with Paul Flint, Jane Liston and Andrew McFadden

February 14  Speaker to be confirmed

March 13  MV Isle Arran 40th birthday tribute — Lawrence Macduff

April 17  Annual General Meeting

How about joining CRSC? You can do so for just £15 by clicking here — and you’ll receive all the benefits, including our annual Review of west coast ship movements, a 56-page colour magazine, discounts on photo offers and access to photo-rich ‘members only’ posts. Questions? Email
Published on 5 October 2023