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 Center 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 and visit Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art. 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 the Burrell Collection and 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 and Glasgow Green.

If you break your sightseeing up into neighborhoods, it's completely manageable to explore a variety of places in three days. Glasgow's pubs and clubs serve up entertainment until late in the evening; there's something for everyone.

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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 where Robert Burns learned to dance, founded a debating...

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. ...

Dumfries House

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Built in the 1750s by the Adam brothers, Dumfries House has preserved unchanged the living conditions of the landed aristocracy of the...

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

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Besides being a poet of delicacy and depth, Robert Burns was also a rebel, a thinker, a lover, a good companion, and a man of the countryside...

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