This is my City – Glasgow

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and is a UNESCO City of Music

In 2022 the Shawlands area of Glasgow was ranked number 11 in the 51 coolest neighbourhoods around the world.

Must Do

Watch a Scottish folk band play whilst drinking whiskey, eating Haggis and having a conversation with a man in a kilt. I’d recommend The Ben Nevis bar in Finneston as your best chance to get all four.

What do you like best about your city?

The music scene. Glasgow’s people are creative, intelligent and culturally aware. As such, the city has a rich and vibrant music scene. Add into that, Glaswegian love of a party and you’ve got a recipe for a great night. If you are coming to Scotland, check out this selection of the finest in Scottish bands past and present. 

Best Walk

Through Kelvingrove park, past Glasgow University and into the west end. It shows Glasgow’s nicest parts and allows you to finish with a decent coffee or a nice cocktail when you’re done. 

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Best Restaurants in Glasgow

The Finnieston area was described in the Times as The Shoreditch of Glasgow – that is to say, the hip and happening part of town. It feature some great eateries: The 78 is the best vegan place in town and The Gannet is the best high end restaurant. For breakfast and lunch, the Southside area is perhaps the surprising winner, with Glad Cafe and the exceptional Cafe Strangebrew. 

Best Music/Festival

Live music is Glasgow’s thing. There are lots of great venues and huge bands tour here much more than any other part of Scotland. TRNSMT Festival is the biggest innercity festival in Glasgow and is held in Glasgow Green park, which is worth visiting if the festival is on or not. 

Best Nightlife

In the West end you’ll find a thriving bar scene and legendary comedy club called The Stand. The best nightclubs to visit are Sub Club – the oldest consecutively running nightclub in the world – and SWG3 near Finneston. 

Best Day Trip Out of the City

Head out to the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lommond which is an hour away by bus. It’s a remarkable Scottish landmark with plenty to do , from hikes, to watersports to pubs and eateries. 

Something that not many tourists would know about Glasgow

Head South to Pollok Park. It’s a huge oasis of countryside, featuring a country mannor house and wildlife, from Highland cows to deer and horses. It was voted best park in Europe just a few years ago.