Get out and walk, take a cab, take a bus…just get out and be part of the Glasgow. Some of the friendliest people on earth are waiting to tell you a story and point you toward something wonderful!
If you need the right gift for a friend back home who is feeding the cat, you will find something in Glasgow. (And find a few things for yourself, too!) An elegant glass-covered shopping area is ideal if the weather turns sulky. At the other end of the spectrum is the Barras, a flea market (indoor and outdoor), that has around 150 stalls and 1,000 traders. Holy cow! Plot your way around the city, and you’ll find kilt-makers and weavers, unusual perfume, china, a working printmaker’s studio, a two-story shoe emporium, and malls of every sort. Looking for outdoor equipment? Glasgow, within an hour of great recreation, has it. For those who’d prefer to party in the city, there is plenty of high-fashion quirk and fun.
In Glasgow, it’s about the rhythm, the storytelling, the whiskey and the location. Here are a few of our favorite hot spots, and many of them are as different as…as different as night and day. Try these on for size: Good pubs known for simple Scottish food with live folk music; Stylish bars with big-screen TV and sports; Edgy venues for up-and-coming indie musicians; Big-name pop and rock acts at Barrowland; Relaxed pubs with live jazz; A center for visual, theater and music arts; The resident company of the Victorian theater. Or… Cheesy tunes in a gay bar; The retro art-house with great films; A Royal Concert hall; A pub with the longest bar in Scotland; King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut…you read that right, it’s the heart of the Glasgow music scene; Dress-up cocktail bars; Scottish Mask and Puppet theater; Theatre Royal; Stand-up Comedy; Another one that’s at the top of our list–a bar with more than 100 malt whiskies. Whew!
Glasgow Activities & Sports:
If you need to move around a little, or if you want a guided tour to get your bearings, Glasgow is ready. Here are some fine examples: Visit the Celtic Football Club and the Football Museum; Try a 20-mile-long dedicated bicycling path of the city. (It’s also great for walking); Take a guided tour of the city on foot, bike, or bus; Check out Glasgow’s offbeat tours including tours that show off ghosts and castles–it’s brilliant; Take an evening cruise on the River Clyde, and head to the lochs and islands of the west coast. It is pure romance—even if you’re alone!