Welcome to Glasgow


Architecture

Glasgow's principal architectural legacy is its impressive assemblage of stately Victorian mansions and public buildings, the product of wealth generated from manufacturing and trade. It gives the centre a solid, slightly staid dignity that is actually rather misleading. More svelte are the sublime designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, which dot the city; visiting a few of his buildings and interiors soon reveals his genius. The city – always proud of its working-class background – also innovatively displays its industrial heritage, while modern structures, many along the Clyde River, have quickly become local icons.

Museums and Galleries

Collecting was big in Victorian times, so it's no surprise that Glasgow's architectural legacy from the period is complemented by some wonderful museums and galleries. Kelvingrove combines natural history and diverse objects from around the world with a first-rate art collection, while nearby Kelvin Hall will hold, from 2020, the University of Glasgow's eclectic Hunterian museum exhibits, paintings and sumptuous Mackintosh interior. On the Clyde, the Riverside holds an excellent ensemble of historic vehicles; to the south, the Burrell Collection (due to reopen in 2020) is an extraordinary corpus of archaeological treasures, objets d'art from around the world and fine paintings.

Nightlife

Glaswegians definitely work to live, and the city comes into its own after five – not that people don't pop down for a cheeky lunchtime pint, too. The city's pubs are gloriously friendly places and you're sure to have some entertaining blethers (chats) with locals when you pop into one. Glasgow's live music scene is also legendary; big bands play at iconic venues, but a number of lower-key pubs have regular gigs that are excellent too. Clubbing is also popular, with a couple of famous dance floors, and the LGBT-focused Pink Triangle is a notably friendly scene.

Shopping

Glasgow is where Scotland shops; the city packs out at weekends when highlanders, islanders, Edinburghers and more come in to cruise the malls. The downtown area has several major shopping centres and arcades fully stocked with global brands as well as more local offerings. On the fringes of this area and in the West End are the bohemian beats: record stores, vintage clothing markets and second-hand booksellers. In the East End, the weekend Barras market is quite an experience, blending modern concepts with cheap designer ripoffs, faded bric-a-brac and a dose of authentic working-class Glasgow.


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$59.42 Cultural & Theme Tours

Scottish Highlands, Glencoe, and Loch Ness Tour from Glasgow

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Rabbie's Tours GlasgowCheck-in 15 mins prior to published departure time and meet with your driver for the day.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Glencoe Mountain, Ballachulish, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandBe moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tales of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Loch Ness, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandTake a chance to go on an optional boat cruise or wander around this alluring and eerie loch.Duration: 1 hour

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Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

On this City Sightseeing tour, you can hop-on and off as many times as you like aboard our iconic open-top double-decker buses! Glasgow is one of the most exciting Scottish cities, boasting excellent museums and art galleries as well as impressive architectures and parks! Glasgow also has great shopping districts to offer and of a night-time, a very vibrant and buzzing nightlife! Hop-on to City Sightseeing Glasgow and we’ll take you to the city’s most noteworthy attractions and landmarks.The first tour stop is in George Square, named after King George III in the 19th century. One of the city’s most recognised monuments, the square’s central column, is located here as well as City Chambers. The tour will continue over to Glasgow Cathedral, famous for being the only Cathedral to survive the city’s reformation in 1560. Other interesting attractions include the Riverside Museum which explores the city’s history and the Theatre Royal, which is the oldest theatre in Scotland!For a more leisurely day out in Glasgow, hop-off at the vibrant St Vincent Place, where many shops, eateries and bars can be found! If you’re visiting Glasgow on a weekend, visit the Barras Market, a wonderful place to find traditional Scottish gifts, food and drinks!The full list of tour stops along the route is:Stop 1 - George Square (City Chambers, Gallery of Modern Art, Tourist Information Center, Queen Street Stations, Trades Hall) Stop 2 - Glasgow Cathedral (St Mungo Museum, Provands Lordship, Tennent's Brewery) Stop 3 - Merchant City (Merchants' Square Ramshorn Theatre) Stop 4 - The Barras Weekend MarketStop 5 - Glasgow Green (People's Palace, West Brewery) Stop 6 - St Enoch Shopping Centre Stop 7 - St Vincent Place (The Lighthouse, Princes Square Buchanan Galleries) Stop 8 - SAS Radisson Hotel/Central StationStop 9 - Hotels (Marriott, Menzies and Hilton) Stop 10 - Hilton Garden Inn/Radisson Red hotels, Squinty BridgeStop 11 - SEC Complex/SEC Hydro/Glasgow Science CentreStop 11a- The Clydeside DistilleryStop 12 - Riverside Museum and The Tall Ship Stop 13 - Kelvin Way/KelvingroveStop 14 - Glasgow University Stop 15- Byres Road (Botanical Gardens) Stop 16 - Kelvingrove Art Gallery and MuseumStop 17 - Kelvin Park (Kelvingrove Park, Kelvin Park Lorne Hotel, Youth Hostel) Stop 18 - Charing Cross (Royal Highlands Fusiliers Museum, Mitchell Library, Tenement House) Stop 19 - Glasgow School of Art/Tearooms Stop 20 - Theatres (Piping Center, Theatre Royal, Pavilion Theatre, Royal Conservatoire)Stop 21 - Royal Concert Hall (Buchanan Galleries Shopping Centre, Buchanan Bus Station, Cineworld Cinema)

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Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond, Whisky Trail Tour from Glasgow

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Stirling Castle, Stirling, ScotlandThe “Key to Scotland”, this impressive castle offers a dominating view of the area around it from its impregnable walls.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Loch Lomond, Stirling, ScotlandOne of Scotland’s largest lochs. Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Glengoyne Distillery, Glasgow, ScotlandSavour the tastes of this fabulous distillery’s unique barley drying technique, utilising warm air rather than peat smoke.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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West Highland Lochs, Glencoe, Castles Small-Group from Glasgow

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Luss Visitor Centre, Luss, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, ScotlandLoch Lomond National Park - One of Scotland’s largest lochs set in stunning parkland. Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Inveraray Castle, Inveraray, Argyll and Bute, ScotlandExplore the densely packed history and beauty of this ancestral home and village built by the Duke of Argyll.Inveraray Castle open April - October.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: ObanKnown nationwide as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’ and the 'Seafood Capital of Scotland', this town offers charm and delicacies.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Castle Stalker, Appin, Argyll and Bute, ScotlandPhoto stop; visitor centre with toilets, shop and cafe.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Glencoe Mountain, Ballachulish, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandOne of the most famous and romantic places in Scotland’s history, thanks to its grand loch side location and stunning ruins.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Rest and be Thankful, Arrochar, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, ScotlandA former haven for weary road-laying soldiers, this historical point offers some amazing views.Duration: 10 minutes

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Scottish Highlands 3-Day Small-Group Tour from Glasgow

ItineraryDay 1: Glasgow – PortreeStop At: Loch Lubnaig, Callander, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, ScotlandLoch Lubnaig is a small but stunningly located stretch of freshwater nestling between Ben Ledi and Benvane. Great little picnic spot on the shore of Loch Lubnaig with a little cafe. Friendly staff in the cafe, nice cakes and takeaway food.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Buachaille Etive Mor, Ballachulish, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandBe moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tales of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh, Lochalsh, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandAn iconic and gorgeous 13th century castle that once warded off Viking invasions.Duration: 1 hour 15 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Portree on the Isle of Skye.Day 2: Isle of SkyeStop At: The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandGreat photo stop at this iconic rock formation. This sharp pinnacle of rock bursts out the land and can be seen for miles around.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandPicturesque observation point offering panoramic views of waterfalls, cliffs & sea.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Portree Harbour, Portree, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandSet round its natural harbour and fringed by high ground and cliffs, the town is a popular tourists’ holiday destination and the harbour continues to be used by fishing boats as well as pleasure craft.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, Scotland(optional)Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history and clan legend on offer at award winning 5* Dunvegan Castle & Gardens.Built on a rock in an idyllic loch side setting, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Neist Point, Glendale, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, Scotland(optional) Neist Point - the most westerly headland on Skye - is an iconic destination, with stunning cliff scenery, a fine lighthouse, an outlook to the Outer Hebrides, and the chance to watch for minke whales in the summer months.Duration: 1 hour 15 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Portree on the Isle of Skye.Day 3: Portree – GlasgowStop At: Fort Augustus, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandSituated on the most southern tip of Loch Ness on the Great Glen Way, this historic and scenic hamlet is a popular tourist destination.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Loch Ness, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandOptional boat trip opportunity and a chance to spot Nessie!Duration: 50 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

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Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling Castle with Port Pickup

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Stirling Castle, Stirling, Scotlandyour day begins with your Greenock shore excursion heading through to ‘Braveheart’ country, to visit Stirlingshire and Stirling Castle, arguably one of Scotland’s most important fortresses. Below the Castle, the Old Town of Stirling is still protected by its original walls, built in the 16th Century to protect Mary, Queen of Scots from Henry VIII. Here we will stop to enjoy time to tour the castle, learn all about the exploits of Robert the Bruce and the infamous Scottish Queen, and enjoy refreshments at the castle’s charming café.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Aberfoyle VisitScotland iCentre, Aberfoyle, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, ScotlandIn the heart of the Trossachs your shore excursion will make a stop at Kilmahog to maybe see some highland cattle up close. We then journey to the village of Aberfoyle located just below the Highland faultline, to enjoy a bite to eat and time to explore.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Loch Lomond, Stirling, ScotlandFrom Aberfoyle, we travel to our final stop at the conservation village of Luss, located on the ‘bonnie, bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond, one of the most breathtaking and largest lochs in Scotland. Here we have time to stroll around the beautiful village and observe the many islands, and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Duration: 30 minutes