Collected by Jordan Parkhurst
Castle St, Glasgow G4 0QZ, UK
While Saint Kentigern (alternatively called Saint Mungo)—Glasgow’s 7th-century patron saint—may well be mythical, early Roman Catholics venerated his memory and started a cult on a hillside site where they believe he worshipped....
244 Gallowgate, Glasgow G4 0TT, UK
Bob Dylan, David Bowie, The Clash, and U2 are just a few of the seminal acts to have performed at this vaunted music hall since it first opened in 1934. Occupying a massive city center building with street-level market stalls and an iconic neon...
17 Vinicombe St, Glasgow G12 8SJ, UK
This west end bar is an absolute must for lovers of good drink and architecture alike. Situated in a former cinema, the awe-inspiring space spills out over a number of levels, with the central atrium visible from all regions so you can always keep...
12-14 Otago Ln, Glasgow G12 8PB, UK
If it is a nice orderly shopping experience you are after, Voltaire and Rousseau is not the place to go. However, this veritable Aladdin's Cave of curiosities is an endlessly fun place for committed browsers. It is difficult to find exactly what...
Upper Colquhoun St, Helensburgh G84 9AJ, UK
In 1902, publisher Walter Blackie commissioned Charles Rennie Mackintosh to create this timeless mansion, now considered the architect’s domestic masterpiece. Mackintosh and his wife, the artist Mary Macdonald, designed almost everything...
Kings Court, 101 King St, Glasgow G1 2RB, UK
"The retro scene in Glasgow is really big. There’s a great little run of vintage clothing places on King Street. I know designers who fly in just to shop here. The clothing is much more reasonably priced than in London." - Stewart Laing This...
19 Dowanside Ln, Glasgow G12 9BZ, UK
Glasgow’s vintage scene is pretty spot-on for a city of its size. With a number of shops located on the adorably cobbled Dowanside Lane, just off of Byres’ Road, there are lots of curious finds for folks looking to avoid the typical Zara and co....
11 Mitchell Ln, Glasgow G1 3NU, UK
Scotland's centre for design and architecture is a great place to linger for a while. A fine retail options in the centre is Analogue Shop which showcases outstanding Scottish design throughout the year with items from local designers and...
142 Renfield St, Glasgow G2 3AU, UK
They throw a lot at the wall at The Flying Duck when it comes to scheduling events. Not only is the bar/club the venue for some of Glasgow's coolest nights, it frequently hosts more outre occasions such as bingo nights and nude life drawing...
401 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3LG, UK
There's a bit of something for everyone at Variety Bar. Although its is a bit too trendy to fully satisfy old-school punters, the friendly vibe means there's a good set of colourful regulars. Located near some of the city's best music venues, it...
182 Queen Margaret Dr, Glasgow G20 8NX, UK
One of the most memorable scenes in Danny Boyle's classic movie Trainspotting was filmed in Crosslands, a classic Glasgow bar in the city's west end. It was here that psychotic Frank Begbie, played by actor Robert Carlyle threw a pint glass from...
Buchanan galleries, 220 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 2FF, UK
While Charles Rennie Mackintosh was undeniably the superstar of Glasgow's architecture scene, he was abetted by equally sterling talents including Alexander Greek Thomson. The best way to gain a full and rounded appreciation of the city's storied...
North St, Glasgow G3 7DN, UK
Distinguished by its green dome, the Mitchell Library is a true Glasgow icon. Not only that, but it is one of Europe's largest public libraries with over a million items in stock. The library includes a rare and specials collection and family and...
Glasgow G12 8SH, UK
A creative carnival celebrating Glasgow's vibrant West End, this month-long event takes place every year during June. Featuring local and international performers, the extravaganza takes in everything from traditional folk music sessions to comedy...
117 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HD, UK
If the walls of this venerable old building could talk, they'd probably burst out laughing before they could divulge any tales. Built in 1857 the venue played host to innumerable music hall greats including Archie Leech (Cary Grant) and a young...
272A St Vincent St, Glasgow G2 5RL, UK
Although most famous as the place where Creation Records boss Alan McGee first spotted Oasis, this venue has long been a hothouse for new and emerging acts. Tucked away underneath one of the city's most commercial streets, it remains a haven for...
22 Jamaica St, Glasgow G1 4QD, UK
It may be a little claustrophobic for the faint of heart, but positive vibes, a pumping sound-system and reliably excellent music have cemented the Sub Club's reputation as one of the best clubs in the UK. The venue's Subculture nights on...
242 Gallowgate, Glasgow G1 5DX, UK
You most likely won't find possessions to treasure at this legendary weekend flea market. Indeed, most of the items for sale can be safely filed in the category marked "tat". Nevertheless, the market -- which has been in existence since the early...
1058 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8LY, UK
If your taste is a bit quirky and leans towards arts and crafts, make time to visit this shop on Argyle Street, which lures locals and tourists alike to its stores, restaurants and bars. The Shop of Interest represents a roster of jewelers,...
Loch Lomond Luss, Luss, Alexandria G83 8PA, UK
From the port in the Firth of Clyde, you are less than an hour from the rugged beginnings of Scotland's famed Western Highlands. A key landmark of the region is Loch Lomond, the largest body of freshwater in Great Britain. Recently opened at its...
17-19 Drury St, Glasgow G2 5AE, UK
It's exceptionally difficult to recommend just one bar in pub-rich Glasgow, but the Horseshoe wins for friendliness, atmosphere, location and history. This establishment is one of the last remaining "palace pubs" of the early 20th century. The...
Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AH, UK
The neo-classical building that houses the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is its own piece of architectural artwork. The former home of one of Glasgow’s wealthy tobacco lords, it was also a center for business and commercial exchange for more than...
39 Ashton Ln, Glasgow G12 8SJ, UK
Step back in time for a great date night at the Grosvenor Cinema. This gorgeous old school cinema, situated on the cobble paved Ashton Lane, boasts comfy and spacious leather seats and only shows two movies at any one time. This Glasgow West End...
Glasgow Green, Templeton St, Glasgow G40 1AT, UK
Born in the 15th century and brimming with history, Glasgow Green is the oldest park in Glasgow. Set on the North Bank of the River Clyde, the park’s natural centerpiece is the People’s Palace & Winter Gardens, a museum and glasshouse which...
Dowanhill House, Glasgow G12, UK
Tucked away on Dowanside and Ruthven Lanes, a retro haven awaits in the form of several independent vintage stores showcasing garments from the 1920s onwards. One favorite choice is Relics, Glasgow’s “junk” store. The living embodiment of the idea...
Glasgow G2 1DH, UK
Glasgow is an architecture-buff’s dream, with beautiful 19th-century Victorian, Gothic, and Art Nouveau, and Neo-Classical buildings scattered throughout the city. Many of these are best appreciated on foot—including Glasgow City Chambers, in the...
Ashton Ln, Glasgow G12, UK
This charming cobblestoned back street, lined with restaurants and bars, is the place for lively nightlife in Glasgow’s West End. When darkness falls, festive strings of lights twinkle overhead, and the sounds of live music and laughter drift from...
Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ, UK
The slightly goofy-sounding name of this beloved concert venue explains its history: it occupies a Merchant City building that really did house a produce market back in the 1800s. Many of the original architectural details from those days are...
71 Elmbank St, Glasgow G2 4PQ, UK
"Just off Sauchiehall Street you’ll find Kings Café. Nobody wants mozzarella cheese on their pizza in Scotland; they want orange Scottish cheese. And this is the place to get it." - Stewart Laing This appeared in the January/February 2014. Read...
7 Buccleuch St, Glasgow G3 6SJ, UK
“This is a tiny little shop close to my home that’s been converted to an Indian restaurant with an open kitchen. It only has five or six tables, but it’s hugely popular and serves really great curry.” - Stewart Laing This appeared in the...
350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JD, UK
"If I’m out drinking, I’ll go to the bar at the CCA, which has a great vegan café as well.” -Stewart Laing This appeared in the January/February 2014. Read more about Stewart Laing's Glasgow neighborhood.
12 Rose St, Glasgow G3 6RB, UK
"This 1930s theater has an art deco exterior and multiple screens showing art house movies. It’s right on my doorstep, and I love being able to think, ‘Oh, I fancy seeing a film tonight,’ and then start watching one five minutes later.” -Stewart...
Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AG, UK
An ornate late-Victorian heap of red sandstone, the Kelvingrove (located within a lovely park of the same name) is Glasgow’s signature museum—and one of the most popular attractions in Scotland. Free to enter, it features a full house...
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