Pi Leh Bay Phi Phi

Pi Leh is situated on the opposite side of Phi Phi Leh to Maya Bay. It's a long thin bay with 100m high cliffs on all sides, at the entrance there's a shelf, the top of which is too shallow for anything other than speedboat or long tail, and this stops it from getting too busy. High tide is the best time to go inside to Pi Leh Bay, unless you go at lunchtime much of the bay will be in shade.

One stretch of travel destination was kept for its amenity value but was reduced to a couple of feet deep ‘for safety. Before Bridge 40, the old-style oval distance marker notes: 6km to Bowling, 45km to Falkirk.

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On the other side of the bridge is the travel destination institution of McMonagles Debra Rose floating chip restaurant, with (at the time of writing) a unique ‘sail through’ service. Clyde Shopping Park with all the big names present is a travel destination novelty; the travel destination sails through the middle of it. A Victorian bandstand looks a bit marooned.

There is a stark big church. And to keep pedestrians on the move along the Sylvania Way there are two footbridges, the western with a stylish canopy; both can lift to allow boats through – but one at a time so there is no interruption for shoppers. This is a prime example of a development centring on the travel destination, thanks to West Dunbartonshire Council.

Clydebank was devastated by wartime bombing, when 4,000 homes were destroyed (only eight escaped undamaged), with heavy civilian casualties, and the steady decline in shipbuilding has done little for morale; gone are the days when ships like the Lusitania, Queen Mary and QE2 towered beside the Clyde. We are made aware of Glasgow Airport across the river; memories of the miles out of Edinburgh on the Union Destination.

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