Vivacious and energetic, Glasgow enjoys a year-round buzzing atmosphere that visitors just love to experience. This is reflected in the city’s performing arts scene. Over 200 arts organisations, including Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera, are based in Glasgow, creating cutting-edge stage and theatrical productions that led to the city being crowned as a European City of Culture.
Glasgow was also nominated UK’s City of Architecture and Design in 1999 and its award -winning architecture is certainly an attraction in its own right. Central Glasgow’s Manhattan-style Loft Apartments and Commercial Buildings afford awesome vistas of the city’s impressive array of Victorian and Edwardian buildings, dotted with hidden treasures from the medieval period to the present day. But it’s Glasgow’s stunning ‘Art Nouveau’ architecture for which the city is world-renowned. It would be sacrilege to ignore the work of Glasgow’s most celebrated sons, architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Some of Scotland’s most picturesque scenery surrounds Glasgow, from the verdant rolling hills of the Clyde Valley to the beautiful walking country of East Dunbartonshire that borders Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Should you want to venture that bit further from the city, you will be impressed by the towns and villages in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area such as Paisley, Hamilton, Biggar, Balloch, Gourock and not forgetting the breathtaking New Lanark World Heritage Site. They all make great day excursions from the city and offer a plethora of attractions and leisure activities to visitors, from ecclesiastical gems such as Paisley Abbey to spectacular boat trips from Balloch.