Scotland’s largest city Glasgow is often overlooked and overshadowed by the more historical capital of Edinburgh, but has definitely emerged as a stylish city. Check it out right here.
Glasgow really took off during the Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century, and for much of the 20th Century had a bit of reputation as a grimy and poverty stricken city. However, ever since it was crowned European City of Culture in 1990, the city has definitely been on the up, with the 2014 edition of the Common Wealth Games proof of this.
Take the centre for example; Buchanan Street is one of the most prestigious shopping streets outside of London, and you only have to go round the corner to the beautiful Merchant City to see the heavyweights of the designer world. The largely pedestrianized street features 2 metro stops and is handily just a 5 minute walk from either of the city’s main 2 train stations, Glasgow Central and Queen Street Station.
Next, did you know that Glasgow has its own cathedral? And it’s just outside the city centre next to the incredible looking Necropolis? Along with the oldest pub and house in Glasgow, head slightly north-east from the city centre, heading through Strathclyde University’s campus, and you’ll find yourself in the oldest part of Glasgow.
You can’t mention Glasgow without talking about what brought the city its prosperity in the first place, and that’s the Clyde. On the northern bank as you head towards the west end, you can find Scotland’s flagship venue, the SSE Hydro, alongside the SECC and the imposing and unmissable Finnieston Crane which is maintained as a tribute to the city’s engineering heritage.
Finally one of the most famous sites in Glasgow is the lovely University in the West End. Reputedly the inspiration for Hogwarts, the classic Gothic architecture with cloisters, views over the city and an air of academia, lend themselves to making this a magical spot!