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Visitng Glasgow for a Staycation


We have found ourselves in an unprecedented situation with regards to planning holidays and time away. The coronavirus outbreak means that we are set to be taking holidays a lot closer to home and might have to think beyond typical European destinations. Once restrictions are relaxed, you might think about heading North of the border.

Edinburgh often tops the list of places to visit in Scotland and it’s easy to see why. Edinburgh’s old town is one of the prettiest cities in the world. The history and character of the city bring people from across the world who want to experience the Scottish capital. Once you’ve brought in the likes of the annual festival and Hogmanay, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Edinburgh has a monopoly on places to visit in Scotland.

On the opposite coast lies Glasgow. It’s no secret that a rivalry exists between Scotland’s two largest cities, but from a tourism point of view, Edinburgh tends to enjoy a greater draw of visitors. Glasgow has a lot to offer without falling into postcard pastiche. Read on to find out why you should consider the lesser trodden path and take a trip to Glasgow.

Knowing the City

Glasgow is a connection of smaller neighbourhoods and every side of the city has its own individual characteristics that are worth exploring, if you have the chance. The city centre is a shopper’s paradise and regarded as one of the best places for retail therapy outside of London in the whole UK. If you head out towards the West End, you’ll find the stunning Kelvingrove Museum, which is regarded as one of the best in the UK.

The South Side of the city has a more “up and coming” vibe to it. Shawlands has undergone a transformation in the last decade and is now home to trendy hipster coffee shops and cafes. Queens Park is also a beautiful place to spend a summer’s day, especially if you want to leave the hectic life of the city without travelling way out into the countryside.

Nearer the River Clyde, you’ll find all kinds of regeneration in the form of the Glasgow Science Centre, the Riverside Museum, and the trendy Glasgow Village Hotel, which makes a great base from which to explore the city.

He city has a very distinct character and locals full of life. Many have written about the welcoming atmosphere of the city, and while it might be some time before things get completely back to normal getting out and meeting the people of the city is a big part of the experience of Glasgow.  A night out in the city can be a legendary experience, so make sure you know the best pubs and bars to visit while you’re here!

We still have a long way to go with regards to things return to the way they were before the lockdown was put in place. The chances are that for the time being, we will be taking more of our holidays in the UK itself. If you want to broaden the horizon of what Scotland has to offer as a holiday destination, why not consider Glasgow for your next trip?