Decided to do this on the way back from the Commonwealth Games. It was just a shame we chose such a dull day as the view from the top of the crane on a clear day must be brilliant. Not the easiest place to find as it's quite well signposted on the way out of Glasgow but the signs are hidden if you're travelling the other way. It is confusing as you work your way through the office blocks in the Business Park, passed all the bungee jumping signs, until you eventually find the ticket office tucked away in the corner quite a long way from the crane itself, which they take you to in a minibus. The trip in the minibus also includes a recorded commentary and the driver slowed down or stopped at various points along the route so we could get a better look at what was being described. We were surprised at how cheap it was, just £3.95 each for concessions.
At the crane we were met by one of the guides, who was very pleasant and chatty but didn't have a great deal of technical knowledge about the crane but simply told us about when it was in use, the ships it was used on and when it was restored. In fact the lady in the Ticket Office seemed to have a much better knowledge than the actual guides. There is a small display in the Visitor Centre at the foot of the crane and they show a video of the history of Glasgow and its shipyards. It pays to spend some time watching the video first as you can then relate it to what you see from the top of the crane.
Not for everyone if you don't like heights or being quite exposed at height. You are surrounded by full height steel mesh barriers but the floor is also steel mesh, so you also get a clear view of the ground underneath. Despite the weather a fascinating look into part of Glasgow's history. It seems such a shame that they have had to resort to commercialising this to the extent of offering bungee jumping to make it pay its way. Really takes away some of the glory and majesty from such a piece of engineering history.