Glasgow Travel Guide

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and can be found in the very heart of the country. While the city was once best known for its large and rather oppressive factories, in recent years Glasgow has been given a facelift and now boasts a number of attractive modern buildings as well as a wealth of interesting museums and other types of tourist attractions. Glasgow makes a good base for visitors to use while exploring the surrounding countryside, while this thriving city also boasts a vibrant nightlife scene and is packed with bars, shops, restaurants and alternative entertainment options.

Things to see and do in Glasgow

Medieval Glasgow is the oldest and most historic part of the city and visitors will find a large number of impressive buildings and monuments when they explore the area. One of the main highlights here is Cathedral of St. Kentigern, which dates back to the 12th century, while other landmarks of note include the Bridge of Sighs and Glasgow Green.

Squinty Bridge – Glasgow, Scotland

The Finnieston Bridge over the River Clyde in Glasgow – also known as the Clyde Arc and, less formally, the “Squinty Bridge” – at night.

Visitors can follow the Clyde Walkway that runs for two miles along the Clyde River from King Albert Bridge into the heart of the city. A number of important landmarks and attractions can be seen by taking a stroll here such as the impressive bridges that span the river and the Glasgow Science Centre.

The large and lovely green zone of the Botanic Gardens covers more than forty acres and they are a great place to wander and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The gardens boast a large collection of colourful flowers and plants and the orchids and begonia beds are particularly enchanting.

Botanic Gardens – Glasgow, Scotland

People in front of the Victorian glasshouses in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens, a public park in the city’s West End.

People who want to indulge in a sport of shopping while soaking up some of Glasgow’s rich history are sure to have fun checking out Merchant City. Although the area has been transformed into a modern shopping zone, many of the most impressive Georgian and Victorian buildings remain and visitors will also discover several Greek revival churches here.

Buchanan Street – Glasgow, Scotland

People on Buchanan Street in central Glasgow. The pedestrianised street is home to a large number of fashion and other retail outlets.

People who want to spend time soaking up the sun on the beach will find a number of pristine stretches of sand situated just a short drive from Glasgow. One of the most enchanting can be found at nearby Prestwyck, where visitors will also be greeted by the sight of Ayr Bay and can take a boat trip to the Isle of Arran.

Climate conditions

Like most of Scotland, Glasgow tends to be rather wet and chilly in the winter and the best time to experience the natural beauty of the area is during the summer months. The warmest months of the year are from June to August, and this is also when rainfall is at a minimum.