Welcome to Glasgow - Scotland's largest city.
Sometimes called 'The Second City of Empire' - but that was a long time ago. Today's Glasgow is upbeat, vibrant, post-industrial, cosmopolitan, friendly...in short, it's a must see for any visitor interested in shopping, dining, culture and just having a great time in the city where I choose to live. (Yes, you've guessed it - I'm a great fan of this place!)
A Day in Glasgow...or longer...in this warm, welcoming, working city
Here are some places we could visit...
Starting in the old heart of the city with Glasgow Cathedral, dedicated to St Mungo, and the most complete survivor of the great Gothic churches of the south of Scotland. Next, perhaps the Necropolis with its extraordinary monuments to the Victorian Way of Death!
We explore south and west via historic Glasgow Green and then discover the Merchant City - the mostly 18th-century development and monument to the Tobacco Lords of the 18th century and their trade with the Americas.
Enjoy the impressive city buildings - in fact, it's definitely an architectural theme hereabouts and we'll touch both on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and another architect especially associated with the city: Alexander 'Greek' Thomson.
Continuing west you'll love the 'Style Mile'. It's a kind of 'z'- shape: Argyle Street, Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street, and it's the very heart of Glasgow shopping - which some say is second only to London's in terms of choice and variety.
Merchant City, Style Mile and - wait - there's more: the West End. A few minutes by subway or taxi and we have yet another Glasgow. This one has the University, museums galore, the Botanic Gardens plus all the little shops and eating places on the famous Byres Road.
That's a big day if we get round all that - but remember we have plenty of other options. A little further is Auchentoshan Distillery - further out yet, very much on the edge of the Highlands, is Glengoyne Distillery. The famous Loch Lomond lies beyond...
Contact me to discuss your preferences and I will be pleased to put together an unforgettable tour.