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Glasgow is a fascinating city with much to offer even the most blase and well travelled tourist. "Not only is a stay in Glasgow a highlight of any trip to Scotland, it's essential" (The Lonely Planet travel guide).

Glasgow is a friendly city with wonderful architectural delights,a vast array of shops, stylish restaurants, lively pubs and galleries, including the wonderful Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Lonely Planet have endeared themselves even further to Glasgow's good citizens, town planners and the tourism industry by including Glasgow in 'The Cities Book', where it is shown among the world's top 200 cities at No 106. The book describes one of the defining experiences of a visit to the City as 'Brunching in the West End's finest cafes' and 'picknicking in Kelvingrove'. Well, who's gonna argue with the experts?

Information for tourists coming to Glasgow.

The Waverley

Photo: the waverley.
The Waverley, is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. It offers a gateway to the lochs and isles for 150,000 visitors every year, cruising down the River Clyde and visiting scenic coastal towns including Largs, Dunoon and Rothesay. Passengers can view some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery whilst sailing 'doon the watter'.

Sailings from Glasgow Science Centre

Timetable and sailings

University of Glasgow Tours

The University of Glasgow is one of the most historic and interesting buildings in the city and adds significantly to the atmosphere and attraction of the West End.

The Tour

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Originally located on High Street in the city centre near Glasgow Cathedral, in 1870 it moved to Gilmorehill, where its striking buildings look over Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

This fascinating tour includes some of the university?s most significant spots - from philosopher Thomas Reid?s tombstone and the atmospheric cloisters, to the staircase Lord Kelvin would take from his house to his laboratory - whilst discovering the connections of James Watt, Adam Smith and Isabella Elder whose names are inscribed on the university?s Memorial Gates.

Further details

  • Bairds Travel - Walking Tour for first time visitors
  • A photo gallery of Glasgow
  • Glasgow West End Guide
  • Glasgow West End - What's On
  • West End Guide
  • Eating and Drinking in Glasgow
  • Bairds Travel - Walking Tour for first time visitors
  • Walks in and around Glasgow
  • Travel Information - Currency Convertor, Maps and Transport
  • Other holiday destinations
  • Photo: blackwaterfoot.
    A Trip to Arran, April 2012

    A couple of weeks back we had a four day trip to Blackwaterfoot in Arran. It was a treat for Caitlin's twelth, and Ryan's eighth, birthdays. John, Michael, Gail and myself went along with the two children. Unfortunately, we missed the fabulous warm and unseasonal weather that we had in early April but we still had a great time at Angely, our very comfortable self-catering accommodation. It was perfect for a family holiday with everything we needed including a spacious dining area and very well equipped kitchen. We had plenty of room to spread out with three bedrooms, one ensuite, and a family bathroom. The showers were super and the couch super comfy. The kids enjoyed being able to go out and run about outside and it was great for us too as we knew that they were safe.

    It was only a five minute drive to Blackwaterfoot, the picturesque village with a dinky little harbour and it didn't take us long to get our bearings. On our first afternoon the boys went off to have a game of golf at the nearby course while Gail, Caitlin and I had a lovely wander along the beach then a leisurely afternoon tea at The Kinloch Hotel. The staff in the hotel are very friendly and it was very relaxing sitting looking out over the Kilbrannen Sound towards Kintyre. Read the full feature


Ian Mitchell brings Glasgow's inner city to life with fascinating historical detail and information about modern day developments. He takes us on a walk around the Gorbals, Bridgeton, The Teutcher Trail and out to Carbeth and Greenock and highlights the delights of other interesting areas of the city and its environs.

Photo: blue arch.

Jim's Photo Diary presents an interesting mix of photographs of Glasgow's West End, other parts of Scotland and beyond.

The ArmadilloGlasgow is a fascinating city with much of interest in its past and present: wonderful architecture, modern shopping, cafe culture, great galleries and parks. Especially it has endless variety, which Ian Mitchell illustrates - you will enjoy finding out about these areas and be motivated to investigate them for yourself.

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Tourism - Other Holiday Destinations

Past event:Charles Rennie Mackintosh Exhibition 2006

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