Once overshadowed by elegant Edinburgh, industrial Glasgow hardly made the ‘must-visit’ destination category, but how things have changed! Voted ‘Favourite UK City 2006’ by readers of Conde Naste Traveller Magazine five years ago, the city has gone from strength to strength.
Offering stylish, quirky and funky bars and pubs, a vast array of shops rivaling only London in its retail volume and a combination of Victorian and modern architecture, the city has something for everyone. And Glasgow is surrounded by stunning scenery if you start to feel hemmed in. Visit the rolling hills of the Clyde Valley and be sure to take a day trip to the New Lanark World Heritage Site where you can learn about the city’s rich maritime heritage.
This year, Glasgow has already hosted some high profile cultural events but you’re still in time to catch the Merchant City Festival, which takes place from the 21st of July until the 24th, with theatre , music, dance, outdoor performances and fashion shows all on offer.
While you’re there, treat yourself and shop on the famous Buchanan Street and visit the Corinthian Club which boasts five levels of bars, a restaurant, boutique and casino. Or if you prefer something less ‘in your face’, try the Horseshoe pub near the Central Station which boasts the UK’s longest bar.
Take the train or fly Easy Jet (www.easyjet.com) from Belfast, Bristol and London Stansted or flybe (www.flybe.com) from Southampton.