Collected by Juliette San Fillipo, AFAR Staff
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...
Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AG, UK
The chance to browse through Europe’s largest collection of civic art, all under one lavishly vaulted roof, for free? Little wonder that the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of the most-visited tourist attractions in Scotland. The...
Pointhouse Place, Glasgow G3 8RS, UK
This new waterfront incarnation of the Glasgow Museum of Transport, which debuted in 2011, was voted the 2013 European Museum of the Year by the European Forum Awards. It’s not hard to see why: the collections here marry a supercool Zaha...
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...
Emirates Arena, 1000 London Rd, Glasgow G40 3HG, UK
This state-of-the-art professional cycling track and stadium, unveiled in 2012, will be one of the key venues when Glasgow hosts the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Between July 23 and August 3, thousands of fans will fill the venue to watch as the world...
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...
Buchanan St, Glasgow, UK
If shopping’s your bag, make a bee-line for Glasgow’s “Style Mile,” where the concentration of shops here (some 200) makes it the UK’s largest retail center outside London. The choices include everything from massive department-store emporiums...
Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW, UK
Like a gleaming, illuminated spaceship that’s come in for a slightly tipsy landing, SSE Hydro—Glasgow’s futuristic new concert, conference and event venue—was designed by no less than Sir Norman Foster. When it opened on September 30, 2013 with a...
730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 0UE, UK
The Gaelic translation of Glasgow, Glaschu, literally means “dear green place”—an appropriate name for a city which boasts over 90 parks and gardens within its city boundaries. A fantastic example of this is the sprawling Botanic...
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...
Greendyke Street, Saltmarket, Glasgow G1 5DB, UK
It’s said that no one with even a drop of Scottish blood in his veins can help but feel a surge of emotion at the sound of bagpipes. If that’s so, then passions are sure to reach tsunami volume on August 16—17, when the World Pipe Band...
Loch Lomond, United Kingdom
The glittering waters of Loch Lomond—all 27 square miles of them—are on Glasgow’s doorstep less than 40 minutes away. Part of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, the largest inland expanse of water in Great Britain naturally attracts all...
A journey to the Highlands isn’t necessary for exploring one of Scotland’s most quintessential pleasures: whisky. Glengoyne Distillery, which has been producing single-malt scotch whiskies since 1833, is just a 20-minute drive from Glasgow city...
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