Glasgow: Places to Explore

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  • Ayr and Alloway

    The commercial port of Ayr is Ayrshire's chief town, a peaceful and elegant place with an air of prosperity. Poet Robert Burns was baptized in the Auld Kirk (Old Church) here and wrote a humorous...

  • Biggar

    A pleasant town built of stone, Biggar is a rewarding place to spend an hour or two, out of all proportion to its size, thanks to an excellent collection of small, specialized museums. At Biggar...

  • Blantyre

    Blantyre, a suburb of Hamilton, is not a pretty town. The explorer David Livingstone was born here.

  • City Center

    Many of the city's most important historical buildings are found here. Along the streets of the city center are some of the best examples of the architectural confidence and exuberance that so...

  • The Clyde

    The Clyde has long been the city's main artery, first as a trading route and later as the place where massive shipyards built everything from warships to ocean liners. The cranes can still be seen...

  • Culzean Castle and Country Park

    There's plenty to do at this popular spot between visiting the Adam-designed house and touring the extensive grounds.

  • East End

    Glasgow Green has always been the heart of Glasgow’s East End, a formerly down-at-heel neighborhood that has seen many changes over the past several years. One of the top attractions is the...

  • Irvine

    Beyond Irvine's cobbled streets and grand Victorian buildings, look for a peaceful crescent-shape harbor and fishermen's cottages huddled in solidarity against the Atlantic winds. The Scottish...

  • Isle of Bute

    The Isle of Bute affords a host of relaxing walks and scenic vistas. Mount Stuart, a stately home, is a popular attraction. Like the nearby Isle of Arran, the Isle of Bute was a Victorian holiday...

  • Lanark

    Set in pleasing, rolling countryside, Lanark is a typical old Scottish town. It's now most often associated with its unique neighbor New Lanark, a model workers' community about a mile to the south.

  • Merchant City

    Near the remnants of medieval Glasgow is the Merchant City, with some of the city's most important Georgian and Victorian buildings, many of them built by prosperous tobacco merchants. Today the...

  • National Museum of Rural Life

    The effect of farming on the land and on people's lives is the focus of this museum near Glasgow.

  • Paisley

    The industrial prosperity of Paisley came from textiles and, in particular, from the woolen paisley shawl. The internationally recognized paisley pattern is based on the shape of a palm shoot, an...

  • South Side

    Just southwest of the city center in the South Side are two of Glasgow's dear green spaces—Bellahouston Park and Pollok Country Park—which have important art collections: Charles Rennie...

  • Summerlee–Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

    A former ironworks is now a museum with a re-created mine and exhibits on both industry and the lives of workers.

  • Troon

    The small coastal town of Troon is famous for its outstanding golf course, Royal Troon. You can easily see that golf is popular here and in this area: at times the whole 60-mile-long Ayrshire...

  • West End

    Glasgow University dominates the West End, creating a vibrant neighborhood. Founded in 1451, the university is the third oldest in Scotland, after St. Andrews and Aberdeen. (It's at least 130...

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