It may not be the capital; but Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the third largest in the United Kingdom. Travelling into the city is very easy; whether it is from Glasgow airport, from Edinburgh via the M8, or along the M74 if you are travelling from England.
Glasgow offers vast and varied cultural experiences for people of all ages. There are more than 20 museums and art galleries in Glasgow with many offering free admission. The most popular of these is said to be the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The banks of the River Clyde is home to the Riverside Museum; another hit with locals and visitors.
Exploring the west end of the city can keep you busy for hours. Byres Road is a cosmopolitan shopping area which claims to rival any other outside of London. Lined with a countless range of shops; from stylish boutiques to special vintage stores; it is easily an example for the phrase, ‘shop till you drop’.
The Botanic Gardens in Glasgow are home to the internationally famous glass houses and the stunning plant collections from all around the world. They are easily accessed from the city centre and are an excellent excuse if you need a little time away from the bustling centre!
A short drive for football fanatics will enable you to experience a tour from the Rangers or Celtic Football stadium, or to participate in The Hampden Experience. Trophies, changing rooms and more are to be explored; a must for footie fans visiting Glasgow.
If football is not your thing; then less than an hour’s drive from the centre of Glasgow and you can witness the picturesque Loch Lomond. Perfect photo opportunities present themselves here at Britain’s largest expanse of fresh water. 2013 has been named as the Year of Natural Scotland. This is a perfect chance to experience this by taking a drive through the National Park to witness the stunning scenery.
Maybe you would like to appreciate how another type of water was formed; yes it’s the water of life! Just 20 minutes from Glasgow’s centre is the Auchentoshan Whiskey Distillery. They offer a range of tours with a frequent 60 minute tour for just £6 per person. However if you are driving mind to stay away from the free sample!
As the sun sets in Glasgow; the night life awakens and sparkles. A drive through the Royal Exchange Square will see you be covered with a twinkling blanket of lights that light up Glasgow throughout the year. Glasgow is famous for its nightlife; catering for all with countless restaurants, cafes and bars.
Many of these are open till the early hours and you can find a range of venues for all genres of music you can think of. Areas such as Bath Street are famous for the student crowd; whilst Merchant City is popular for those wanting style and sophistication.
Glasgow offers something for everyone; the city is alive and waiting to be explored by its visitors. To get around easily, have a look at car hire suppliers operating in the area.
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