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Destination Guide

Glasgow is Scotland's largest city, with top class shopping and world class events at the Hydro

Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley

Tourist Information

Things to See & Do in Greater Glasgow & the Clyde Valley

Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley is becoming one of the most vibrant and beautiful destinations in the UK, if not Europe. Glasgow, a city of architecture and design, with many impressive buildings from the old to the new. Glasgow's waterfront and city centre has an all round buzz, with the best shopping in the UK outside London and some of the best restaurants you can find. Surrounding Glasgow are the rolling hills of the Clyde Valley, often referred to as "Scotland's Market Garden", with a host of well stocked garden centres.

Within a one hours drive of Glasgow, there are many places worth a visit. New Lanark Mill Heritage Site, with its old mills, and cottages - an area full of splendour. There are easily graded walks along the River Clyde, renowned for its wildlife, and is one of Scotland World Heritage sites.

To the east of Glasgow, there's some magnificent walks around Helensburgh and East Dumbartonshire, and the West Highland Way starts from Milngavie and finishes in Fort William some 100 miles further north and is recognised as one of the best walks in the UK.

All around Glasgow there are many golf courses, many which can be booked from your hotel, so please ask for details when making your booking.

Glasgow itself has an amazing array of 20 museums & galleries, most are free including the world famous Burrell Collection , Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Riverside Museum and the stunning Rennie McIntosh House. There are over 200 arts organisations, including Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera. There's plenty for the family too, with 3 theatres, IMAX cinema , Glasgow science centre and the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden, to name but a few.

There are many world class events & concerts taking place each year at the SSE and the new SSE Hydro ( see picture)

In fact, no matter when you stay, you'll find live performances, festivals, and entertainment every week of the year.

Glasgow and the Clyde Valley brings together the sophisticated culture of Scotland's largest city with the chance to explore beautiful countryside with many towns and villages within easy reach, such as Biggar, Gourock, Paisley & Hamilton.

Transport to the area is 2nd to none, with a good motorway network, 2 international airports, and 2 mainline railway stations.

Towns in this region