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 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...

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...

Holmwood House

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This large mansion was designed by Alexander "Greek" Thomson, Glasgow's second-most-famous and most active architect (after Mackintosh),...

House for an Art Lover

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Within Bellahouston Park is a "new" Mackintosh house, based on a competition entry Charles Rennie Mackintosh submitted to a German magazine...

Mount Stuart

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Bute's biggest draw is spectacular Mount Stuart, ancestral home of the marquesses of Bute. The massive Victorian Gothic palace, built...

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...

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...

Tenement House

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This ordinary first-floor apartment is anything but ordinary inside: it was occupied from 1937 to 1982 by Agnes Toward (and before that...

Greenhill Covenenters' House

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This farmhouse is filled with 17th-century furnishings, costume dolls, and rare farm breeds. The Covenanters were breakaway supporters...

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