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 Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Glasgow University, and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. A walk through Kelvingrove Park will being you to the Finnieston area. You can 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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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,...

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...

Culzean Castle and Country Park

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The dramatic clifftop castle of Culzean (pronounced ku- lain ) is the National Trust for Scotland's most popular property. Robert Adam...

Dumfries House

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

Glasgow Cathedral

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The most complete of Scotland's cathedrals (it would have been more complete had 19th-century vandals not pulled down its two rugged...

Necropolis

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A burial ground since the beginning of recorded history, the large Necropolis, modeled on the famous Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris,...

Pollok House

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This classic Georgian house, dating from the mid-1700s, sits amid landscaped gardens and avenues of trees that are now part of Pollok...

Provand's Lordship

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Glasgow's oldest house, one of only four medieval buildings surviving in the city, was built in 1471 by Bishop Andrew Muirhead. Before...

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...

Sma' Shot Cottages

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To get an idea of the life led by textile industry workers, visit the Sma' Shot Cottages. These re-creations of mill workers' houses...

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