Last Updated: 20th February, 2019
To see Scotland in style, Glasgow is a must. Home to medieval quarters, an excellent art scene, imposing historical structures and cutting edge shopping opportunities, this city is filled with rich diversity, unpretentious glamour and warm hospitality. Also designated a UNESCO city of music, there is a bustling music scene just waiting to be explored.
Must-see attractions: Get your bearings by taking up one of the hop on hop off bus tours to visit some of the city's top attractions. Marvel at Glasgow City Chamber, particularly beautiful at night, and head to the Glasgow cathedral to see an excellent example of medieval architecture. If you're lucky, you might hear the enchanting choir rehearsing. Take a stroll around the Botanic Gardens, with its recently restored Kibble palace and magnificent Curvilinular Glasshouse for a peaceful afternoon. For something truly different, visit Victoria Park to see the fossilised grove of prehistoric trees.
Food, fashion and culture can be found at the Merchant's City, home to a host of restaurants, boutiques and galleries. You'll also find multiple heritage spots like the Church of St Mungo as well as live music venues, including Brittania Panopticon, the oldest music hall in the world! To learn more about some of the local heroes, try the excellent Charles Rennie Macintosh trail or the Glasgow walking tour. If shopping is your thing, head to the Style Mile, located in the city's heart and home to an astounding number of retailers from high street to high-end boutique.
Glasgow boasts over 20 free to enter galleries and museums, offering every possibility to art lovers, historians and culture seekers. The Riverside Museum on the banks of the River Clyde is iconic in stature, and home to a world-class transport collection, while the Tenement House captures the Victorian way of life with its guided tours and original fittings. Visit Scotland's oldest public gallery, the Hunterian Museum and gallery, for an array of impressive collections. Glasgow Science Centre is a great interactive family day out and other places of interest include the Piping Museum, the only museum dedicated to Scottish bagpipes you can even give them a try if you like!
Recommended scenic drives: Once you've collected your hire car from Glasgow airport, head to the outskirts of the city to Pollok Park, a beautiful woodland spot which is also home to the The Burrell art collection which includes Rodin, Degas and Cezanne. To sample some of the excellent Scottish whiskey, take a drive to either of the nearby Glengoyne or Auchentoshan distilleries.
Visit Loch Lomond and The Tressachs National Park, a beautiful spot for kayaking, taking a tour via Water Bus and hiking. This enchanting spot is home to fairytale walks such as Puck's Glen - named after the character in Midsummer Night's Dream - as well as longer treks including Conic Hill and Endrick Mouth via Aber Path. Take a detour to the island-setting of Augustinian monastery in Inchmahome, watch out for red squirrels and birds of prey and also visit the beautiful village of Strathyre.