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Loch Lomond

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One of Scotland’s most beautiful lochs is right on Glasgow’s doorstep.

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Glasgow’s cultural beating heart, this gallery showcases the best in modern Scottish art.

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Glengoyne Distillery

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Scotland’s most southerly Highland distillery is also one of its most beautiful.

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Waverley Excursions

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Cruise Glasgow’s River Clyde and the outlying islands on the world’s last paddle steamer.

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Glasgow’s finest museum collection is an award-winning tribute to fine art.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s dream design brought to life on Glasgow’s south side.

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Glasgow’s social history museum brings the city to life in a number of exhibits and film clips.

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Glasgow is the perfect city to wander in. Swirl it round like a glass of vintage whisky and you’ll find yourself walking in circles on its Georgian squares, twirling beneath its Victorian facades and rolling round its Gothic university buildings and cloisters. The star attractions – of which there are many – can be found on easy self-guided walking tours and behind museum and art gallery doors. Many visitor’s stand out experiences, however, are in the unexpected encounters with locals and the hidden nooks of the city.

Glasgow’s architecture is also sublime – especially high above street level – and its attractions are the perfect blend of the nostalgic (paddle steamers and civic collections) and the modern (indoor ski slopes and interactive science). My advice would be to wear a sturdy pair of shoes, embrace the fresh air and make sure you pack an umbrella. Oh, and don’t forget to look up.

How I’ve picked my things to do: 

I’ve picked out the city’s main draw cards, which include a series of award-winning museums, galleries and a treasure trove of Charles Rennie Mackintosh affiliated things to do. Barcelona has Gaudi, London has Wren and Glasgow has Mackintosh, so I’d advise checking out at least one of his design masterpieces when in the city.

I’ve also opted for some traditional Scottish fayre, including a tick-list of miniature Glens, lochs, boat trips and whisky tastings. Scotland’s capital Edinburgh may take the shortbread biscuit for tartan towels and kilted bagpipers, but Glasgow has a world famous, and more enviable landscape, right on its doorstep. It would be a travesty to miss it.

My list is intended to be a starting point for discovery rather than a definitive list.

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I’ve picked out the city’s main draw cards, which include a series of award-winning museums, galleries and a treasure trove of Charles Rennie Mackintosh affiliated things to do. Barcelona has Gaudi, London has Wren and Glasgow has Mackintosh, so I’d advise checking out at least one of his design masterpieces when in the city.

I’ve also opted for some traditional Scottish fayre, including a tick-list of miniature Glens, lochs, boat trips and whisky tastings. Scotland’s capital Edinburgh may take the shortbread biscuit for tartan towels and kilted bagpipers, but Glasgow has a world famous, and more enviable landscape, right on its doorstep. It would be a travesty to miss it.

My list is intended to be a starting point for discovery rather than a definitive list.