Edinburgh has the Parliament, the Royal Palace and a volcano. Glasgow, on the other hand, has style. At least that’s what Glaswegians say about their city, which they affectionately endowed with the slogan “Scotland with Style”. Indeed, the largest city in Scotland is something of a modern antipole to the historic Edinburgh and therefore has a special charm. It is no wonder that Glasgow is considered by the insiders as the cultural capital of Scotland and party stronghold of Great Britain. And that’s not all, the mystical Loch Lomond, the largest lake in Scotland, awaits just outside the city with breathtaking natural impressions. What are you waiting for?
The best place to dive into the unique flair of metropolis on the River Clyde is in the center of George Square. If you arrive by plane, you cannot get around it, because here is where the airport buses drop you off so you can begin your Scottish adventure. If you have ever wanted to pay a visit to the greatest personalities of Scotland, then this is the place for you. Where else can you take pictures with the statues of Sir Walter Scott, the Scottish national bard Robert Burns or the inventor of the steam engine James Watt?
Only a stone's throw away is the remarkable University of Glasgow, which exudes an air of hogwarts and is a popular photo icon with its countless turrets and stained glass windows. After an excursion into magical worlds, the history continues at St. Mungos Cathedral which, by the way, located behind it, is still a unique Victorian cemetery with numerous impressive pavilions, monuments and tombs.
Cultural mecca amidst the IMAX cinema and tobacco barons
In the truest sense of the word, you can get back to the future on the other side of the River Clyde at the Glasgow Science Center. Small and big adventurers can look forward to hundreds of interactive science exhibitions, live science shows, an IMAX cinema and a planetarium. And while you're here, you can enjoy the all-round view from the 127-meter Glasgow Tower. After all, it is not only the highest tower in Scotland, but also the only 360-degree rotatable building in the world.
Museum goers of all types can look forward to countless exciting hours in the Gallery of Modern Art, the Museum of Religious Life and the Kelvingrove Museum. Just in front of the Museum of Transport "The Tall Ship" is anchored, one of the last remaining ships of its kind. A reminder of the glory days of the tobacco barons.
The Taste of Scotland
In Glasglow your taste buds need not be afraid of haggis and mutton head, because it's not without a reason that Glasgow is a culinary sight in itself. A real insider‘s tip for those who want to enjoy the real Scottish cuisine away from old-fashioned clichés, is the cozy "Black Sheep Bistro". On the menu, visitors will come across the hearty lamb stew "Hotchpotch“, the spicy "Lamb and Kidney Pie" and the juicy Aberdeen Angus steaks.
Fish and seafood lovers, on the other hand, can get their money's worth at "Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery". You should definitely try the smoked haddok (Arboath smokies), the buttery scallops and the fresh Atlantic salmon in puff pastry with vermouth dill sauce. Also highly recommended is the restaurant "The Buttery", where Scottish specialties have been served since 1856.
Natural paradise at the gates of Glasgow
Now fully replenished it is time for a trip. No destination is better than the largest, and according to the locals, most beautiful lake in Scotland - Loch Lomond. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and explore the wild and romantic shore which reveals the view of numerous idyllic islands at low tide. Are you seeking a little adventure? Then rent a canoe and explore the waters that are up to 190 meters deep on your own or visit the ruins of an ancient whiskey distillery on the island of Inchfad.
But do not worry, sea monsters live exclusively in Loch Ness, three hours' drive away. Given that we are talking about whiskey, it is worth mentioning that just around the corner is the Glengoyne whiskey distillery, which will lure you in from a mile away with its malt smell, smoke and lots of Angels Share. For true connoisseurs, a tour of the sacred halls is just as much a part of it as a sip of the "water of life".
Glasgow's nightlife - rockish, stylish and cheeky
It does not matter whether you want to end your holiday comfortably in a pub or end the last evening with a big bang. Britain's unofficial party stronghold enjoys its reputation. And rightly so, over 50 nightclubs and hundreds of pubs and bars often compete for the affection, or rather the purses, of the party people seven days a week.
But beware: Do not be surprised if your local acquaintances call you "cunt" or "good cunt". While "cunt" is considered a crude insult, especially in England, in Glasgow it means something like "buddy". The heart of the nightlife beats along a Z-shaped route between the Clydeside, Union Street and Sauchiehall Street - so it's almost impossible to get lost.
While connoisseurs of Scottish whiskeys spend a solid evening in "Pot Still", the "Piano Bar" is the ideal place to end an evening until late at night in front of the fireplace. Alternatively, enjoy live music at the concert hall of "Nice'n'Sleazy". If you want to dance the night away until your departure day, you can swing your hips in the most famous student club "Garage" or try the air guitar in the "Cathouse". As you indulge in your holliday memories, you will ask yourself, " Gonnae gie’s that again, pal?"