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The Ten Best Reasons to Visit Glasgow, Scotland

10 Apr 2006  A Glaswegian
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 8 votes

The ten things that make me pine for my hometown - and make me keep going back.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Glasgow
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  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. The West End Festival

    Started in 1996, this festival takes over the streets of the arty, studenty West End of the city every June, making the fun and friendly city even more fun!

  • 2. Shopping in Buchanan Street
    Buchanan Street, Glasgow, Scotland

    From the massive Buchanan Centre and the Concert Hall at the top of the street, past around a hundred stores to Princes Square (a 1920's style mall built round a courtyard, designer fashions and upscale eats are on offer), Buchanan Street is a shopping dream.

  • 3. Catching the blue train to Balloch

    From Central Station, or any of the stations along the Highland line, hop on the blue train and find yourself on the banks of Loch Lomond 45 minutes later. Balloch Country Park is a fine spot for a lochside picnic.

  • 4. The noisy clamor of the Barras
    Barras Weekend Market, Glasgow, Scotland

    A weekend highlight - the Barras (the Barrows) is a rowdy flea market that covers a huge area in the central east of the city. Buy anything from a couch to a hat to a shirt to a dead plant.

  • 5. Aseeing an exhibition, or eating at The Lighthouse
    The Lighthouse, Glasgow, Scotland

    Six floors of architecture and design exhibitions and educational programs, and a top notch restaurant downstairs.

  • 6. Seeing bands play at King Tut's

    King Tut's is Glasgow hippest music venue. It's where Creation Records founder Alan McGee discovered Oasis and it's a must for up and coming bands - and bands already at the top who want to play an intimate gig - to play.

  • 7. The Botanic Gardens
    Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace, Glasgow, Scotland

    In the West End, near Byres Road and the BBC, the Botanic Gardens is where Westenders go on sunny days. Stroll through the greenhouses, sip a cup of tea in Kibble Palace and walk by the River Kelvin.

  • 8. Ashton Lane on a summer night

    This tiny cobbled lane of whitewashed buildings, just off Byres Road, is one of Glasgow's coolest streets. Bars, including Brel, Jinty's and the Cul de Sac and the Grosvenor Cinema lure hundreds to this short block by Glasgow University.

  • 9. Kelvingrove Park
    Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow, Scotland

    Another spot where Glaswegians stroll, Kelvingrove give gorgeous views of the 15th century Glasgow University, the 1902 Kelvingrove Art Museum and the 1855 architecturally-acclaimed terrace, Park Circus.

  • 10. Radiance Light Festival

    To light the dark wintery nights, Radiance brings lights artists and architects to brighten up buildings in Glasgow's Merchant City for one weekend in November.