Glasgow travel guide
Glasgow straddles the River Clyde, Scotland’s third longest river and once one of the most important shipbuilding waterways of the British Empire. The city is Scotland’s largest and the UK’s third most populous and our Glasgow travel guide will provide you with the travel and tourism information you need if you are planning a visit to this historic city. Although it has significant roots in mediaeval times, it really began to grow in every sense of the word during the 18th century thanks mainly to the transatlantic trade routes. By the time of the Industrial Revolution, Glasgow had become the second foremost city of the empire. It is now a major European centre for finance and houses numerous leading Scottish businesses.
With one of the oldest universities of the English speaking nations, founded in 1451, the density of cultural establishments crammed into this city is perhaps not surprising. Apart from museums dedicated to the arts and sciences, there is also the Police Museum presenting an interesting history of the UK’s oldest police force. Greenhill Covenanter’s House, is an equally fascinating site, dating back to 1638 and the signing of the National Covenant opposing Stuart kings’ interference in the affairs of Scottish churches and consequent horrific repercussions of this. Hunter House Museum and Art Gallery is yet another intriguing foray into the past, looking at 18th century medical and surgical techniques.
Anyone who loves art and architecture will have heard of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his influence on the Arts and Crafts movement and on Art Nouveau. Born in Glasgow his home, Hill House, is now open to the public and some of his finest architecture and designs can be seen at the Glasgow School of Arts; while the Gallery of Modern Art in the centre of Glasgow houses an impressive four floors of exhibits from near and far.
Glasgow’s mediaeval cathedral and the nearby Necropolis should also not be missed from your Glasgow tour. And if you prefer nature to culture, take a conducted walk through the walled gardens of Greenbank Gardens or the Hidden Gardens with its absorbing collection of exotic plants which played a significant role in the cultural ideas and beliefs of many people. There is also a lovely old park in the centre of Glasgow which is well worth a leisurely stroll.
But of course you could not leave Scotland without a wee dram. Savour a single malt whisky in beautiful surroundings at the lovely old Glengoyne Distillery, before discovering the secrets of its production (no advanced booking needed). Perhaps even enjoy a second tipple before you leave Glasgow and head off to Loch Lomond where that elusive monster might not then be quite so difficult to spot!