Glasgow Sights

As cities go, Glasgow is contained and compact. It's set up on a grid system, so it's easy to navigate and explore, and the best way to tackle it is on foot. In the eastern part of the city, start by exploring Glasgow Cathedral and other highlights of the oldest section of the city, then wander through the rest of the Merchant City. From there you can just continue into the City Centre with its

designer shops, art galleries, and eateries. From here you can either walk (it takes a good 45 minutes) or take the subway to the West End. If you walk, head up Sauchiehall Street. Once in the West End, visit the Botanic Gardens, Glasgow University, and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Then take a taxi to the South Side to experience Pollok House. For Glasgow’s East End, walk down High Street from the cathedral to the Tron Cross; from there you can walk to the Barras market and Glasgow Green.

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Auld Kirk Alloway

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Auld Kirk Alloway is where Tam o' Shanter, in Robert Burns's great epic poem, unluckily passed a witches' revel—with Old Nick himself...

Bachelors' Club

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About 8 miles northeast of Ayr is the Bachelors' Club, the 17th-century house—now fully restored—where Robert Burns learned to dance,...

Biggar Gasworks

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Built in 1839, the gasworks is a fascinating reminder of the efforts once needed to produce gas for light and heat. ...

Biggar Puppet Theatre

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Purves Puppets, famous for its "black box" puppetry, regularly performs at the Biggar Puppet Theatre. Before and after performances (£8),...

Biggar and Upper Clydesdale Museum

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Opened in 2015 after a major reorganization and rebuilding, the new Biggar and Upper Clydesdale Museum presents a fascinating view of...

Botanic Gardens

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When the sun shines, the Botanics (as they're known to locals) quickly fill up with people enjoying the extensive lawns, beautiful flower...

Burns Cottage

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In the delightful Burns Heritage Park, this thatched cottage is where Scotland's national poet lived for his first seven years. It has...

Burns Monument

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This neoclassical structure, built in 1823, overlooks the Brig o' Doon. You can climb to the top (with some care!). Entrance is included...

Central Station

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One of the United Kingdom's grand Victorian stations, what was the Station Hotel and is now the Grand Central gives an idea of how important...

Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)

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Housed in a modern building constructed around the facade of the older center, this arts center hosts a wide range of activities, including...

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