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The City of Glasgow is increasingly rivalling the capital Edinburgh as a major visitor destination. The Glasgow Science Centre, the Scottish Exhibition Centre and a whole range of other new facilities have added to the cultural and artistic appeal of the city. The Burrell Collection, for example, continues to attract large numbers of visitors.

Outside the city Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire all have much to offer. There is a rich and fascinating industrial heritage. By way of contrast, there are country parks, coastal areas and wildlife habitats to explore as well.

Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow

Historic Buildings and Castles:

Glasgow Necropolis

Next to Glasgow Cathedral, this spectacular cemetery is renowned for it's beautifully designed tombs and superb views over the City. The Necropolis is modelled on the famous Pere La Chaise Cemetery in Paris.

Newark Castle

Port Glasgow. Built by George Maxwell in the 15th Century this elegant and still virtually intact castle was enlarged by his descendant Patrick Maxwell in the 16th Century.

Bothwell Castle

Uddingston. The largest and finest 13th Century stone castle in Scotland, much fought over during the wars of independence. Part of the original keep survives. In a beautiful setting overlooking the River Clyde.

Craignethan Castle

Tillietudlem, South Lanarkshire. In a picturesque setting overlooking the River Nethan, the oldest part of the castle is a tower house built by Sir James Hamilton of Finnart in the 16th Century. The castle's defences include a stone vaulted artillery chamber; unique in Britain.


Museums and Galleries:

Museum of Scottish Country Life

Kittochside, East Kilbride. Visit the national country life collection on display in the galleries of the new exhibition building. Watch daily demonstrations of farming techniques from the 1950s. View the inside of the Georgian farmhouse and steading at Kittochside and enjoy a day out in the countryside.

House for an Art Lover

House for an Art Lover

Glasgow. Situated in parkland and adjacent to magnificent Victorian Walled Gardens, the House for an Art Lover is a truly unique venue. It represents one of the most exciting pieces of recent research on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and provides an excellent resource for visitors as a contemporary conference venue and cultural attraction.

The Auld Kirk Museum

Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire. Traces the local history from the Romans to the present day. Roman artefacts, medieval display, industrial heritage including the Lion Foundry and the Canal Boatyards that built the famous Puffers. Interactive displays. Craft shop.

Moat Park Heritage Centre

Biggar, South Lanarkshire. Striking models tell Clydesdale's story from geological times to the 20th Century; everything from live bees to the archaeology team's latest discoveries. Activity sheets available for children.

Biggar Museum Trust

Biggar Museum Trust was founded in 1972 and controls a number of museums. It has gained awards from Come To Britain, Museum of the Year, as well as the Tennent Caledonian Prize for community effort in 1988.

Burrell Collection

Pollock Country Park, Glasgow. This collection of over 8000 art exhibits was built up by Sir William Burrell and is now in the care of Glasgow City Council.

Clydebuilt Scottish Maritime Museum

Braehead, Glasgow. An exhibition charting the maritime and industrial heritage of shipbuilding on the Clyde. Interactive and audio-visual displays.

Art Gallery & Museum

Kelvingrove, Glasgow. The Art Gallery and Museum Kelvingrove is the most popular free visitor attraction in Scotland with over a million visitors a year.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery

Glasgow University. Scotland's first public museum. The collection of paintings includes work by Rembrandt and Chardin as well as Scottish artists.

Museum of Lead Mining

Lead Mining Museum

Wanlockhead. Within the Visitor Centre there is a walk-through exhibition, which tells the story of how lead ore or galena was won at the face and the processes it went through to become the lead products that we know today. Here you will see the different equipment and pumps used by the miners to win the ore and keep the water levels down.

Museum of Scottish Country Life

Wester Kittochside, East Kilbride. The Museum of Scottish Country Life shows how country people lived and worked in Scotland in the past, and how that has shaped the countryside of today.

Sharmanka Kinetic Gallery

Sharmanka Kinetic Gallery

Glasgow. Hundreds of tiny carved figures and pieces of old scrap perform an incredible Heath-Robinson-meets-Hieronymous-Bosch choreography to haunting music and synchronised lighting, telling the funny and tragic stories of the struggle of the human spirit against the relentless circles of life and death.

Original paintings for sale from leading Scottish gallery representing over 170 Scottish and British artists. Our gallery in Glasgow, Scotland holds a stock of over 1000 paintings to choose from. We only carry original art.





Parks and Gardens:

Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens

Great Western Road, Glasgow. The Botanic Gardens with its famous range of glass houses is a major tourist attraction in the city.

Muirshiel Country Park

Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire. Set in the Calder Valley. A variety of paths and trails, with special events scheduled throughout the season. Opportunities for archery and orienteering training session. Other activities include sailing, rowing and canoeing.

Strathclyde Country Park

Motherwell, North Lanarkshire. Scotland`s most popular country park features 1,100 acres of mixed parkland and woodlands set in the Clyde Valley. The park offers a variety of recreation facilities including watersports on Strathclyde Loch, woodland trails and countryside walks.

Drumpellier Country Park

Coatbridge. Drumpellier Country Park offers a wide range of facilities. Lochend Loch is a central attraction. Visitor centre and cafe, woodland walks, play areas, road train, fun boats, angling.

Calderglen Country Park

South of East Kilbride. Countryside trails, visitor centre, children's zoo and adventure playground.

Clyde Valley Woodlands

Near Carluke and Lanark. Comprises three woodland areas: Cleghorn Glen, Jock Gill's Wood and Cartland Craigs.

Clydemuirshiel Regional Park

Lochwinnoch, east of Largs. Activities such as water sports, fishing and woodland walks. Mountain bike hire. Visitor centre.

Mugdock Country Park

Mugdock Castle

Near Milngavie, Glasgow. Mugdock Country Park offers a great day out for all the family with 750 acres of unspoilt countryside. Entry and parking is free to everyone.


Visitor Attractions:

The Burrell Collection

Pollok Country Park, Glasgow. More than 8,000 art objects amassed in a lifetime by the Glasgow shipping magnate Sir William Burrell are housed in the award winning Burrell Collection.

The Tall Ship

Tall Ship, Glasgow

Glasgow Harbour, Stobcross Road, Glasgow. The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour is open all year and offers the chance to explore one of the last remaining Clydebuilt sailing ships.

Hunterian Art Gallery

University of Glasgow, Hillhead Street, Glasgow. The award-winning Art Gallery forms part of the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow. Exhibits from Charles Rennie Mackintosh and J.M. Whistler as well as one of the most important print collections in Scotland.

Glasgow Science Centre

Pacific Quay, Glasgow. The centre showcases science and technology as well as Glasgow itself. The science mall contains interactive exhibits, planetarium and demo theatres. The Imax houses Scotland's ultimate cinema experience and the unique 127M rotating Glasgow tower houses galleries on the City's past and future as well as the ultimate view of Glasgow.

Willow Tea Rooms

Willow Tea Rooms

The Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow's Sauchiehall Street were designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Kate Cranston in 1903. The tea rooms closed in 1928 and were recreated to their original splendour in 1983 when the Room de Luxe reopened its doors for tea.


Off Buchanan Street, Glasgow. With four floors of exhibition space including a permanent Charles Rennie Mackintosh Interpretation Centre, a panoramic viewing platform, state of the art conference facilities, an education centre and associated retail, bar and restaurant units, the Lighthouse is Scotland's premier centre for promoting access, involvement and participation in architecture and design.

New Lanark World Heritage Village

New Lanark

The village of New Lanark was founded in 1785 by David Dale as a completely new industrial settlement. Today, as you wander around the village, it is easy to imagine how people lived and worked two centuries ago. New Lanark has been beautifully restored as a living, working community where visitors are welcome.

Sma' Shot Cottages

Paisley. This complex of cottages is unique in Scotland and portrays the history of the weaving industry in Paisley.


Car Hire:

AMK Self Drive


Arnold Clark

Glasgow. Car and van hire.

Clarkson of Glasgow


Glasgow Van Hire

Glasgow Van Hire

Glasgow Van Hire provide self drive van hire in Glasgow to over 120 nationwide locations. Our flexible van hire options allow you to hire a van for a day, week, month or longer and one-way or back to base.



RG Hardie, Bagpipes

Located in Glasgow, we manufacture and sell the world's finest Highland Bagpipes. We also supply Highland Dress and Bagpipe accessories.


Selected Accommodation in Glasgow and Clyde Valley


Guest Houses

Bed & Breakfast

Bentley Hotel, Motherwell
Manor Park Hotel, Glasgow
citizenM, Glasgow
Dakota Hotel, Glasgow
Devoncove Hotel, Glasgow
Victorian House Hotel, Glasgow
Days Inn, Abington
Hotel Indigo, Glasgow

Onslow Guest House, Glasgow
Alison Guest House, Glasgow

Craigpark House, Airdrie
Rissons at Springvale, Strathaven
Azalea House, Cumbernauld
Holmlands Bed and Breakfast, Abington
Tambowie Farm, Milngavie

Self Catering

Serviced Apartments


Rookery Nook, Waterfoot, Eaglesham
Glasgow House Apartment, Glasgow
Carmichael Cottages, Biggar
Queensgate Apartment, Glasgow
Kirkfield Gardens, Lanark
Library Apartment, Glasgow
Glenbrae House, Inverkip
Glasgow Holiday Cottage, Glasgow
Anne's Cottage, Dolphinton
Stonefield Cottage, Crawfordjohn
Plantlymoss Cottage, Lochwinnock
Hillside House, Inverkip
Lammerlaw Cottage, Biggar




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