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Scotland Magazine Issue 15
July 2004


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Glasgow and the Clyde Valley

The best places to visit, stay and eat, by Kate Ennis

What to do and see

Central Glasgow

King’s Inch Road
The Scottish Maritime Museum’s newest attraction tells the story of Glasgow and the Clyde from tobacco to shipbuilding.
Tel: +44 (0)141 886 1013

Glasgow Cathedral
Cathedral Square
One of the most magnificent buildings of medieval Scotland, it is a rare example of a complete pre-Reformation Scottish Cathedral.
Tel: +44 (0)141 552 6981

Glasgow Necropolis
Cathedral Square
Adjacent to Glasgow Cathedral, this spectacular cemetery – modelled on Pere la Chaise in Paris – is renowned for its beautiful tombs and excellent views over the city.

Glasgow Science Centre
Pacific Quay
Explore the world of science and technology with over interactive 300 exhibits, shows, workshops and labs. This futuristic building also houses Scotland’s only IMAX theatre and there is a tower to look out over the city.
Tel: +44 (0)141 420 5000

Hunterian Museum
University of Glasgow
Scotland’s oldest public museum with exhibits including coins, dinosaurs, gems and Roman archaeology.
Tel: +44 (0)141 330 4221

Merchant Square
Albion Street
At the heart of the historic Merchant City area, this covered and heated courtyard (part of the old Glasgow fruit market) houses an exciting range of shops, bars and restaurants with terraced seating areas.
Tel: +44 (0)141 552 5908

Museum of Transport
Kelvin Hall
The history of transport on land and sea comes to life here, with dramatic displays of cars, trains, bikes, buses and boats.
Tel: +44 (0)141 287 2720

National Piping Centre
McPhater Street
The world’s foremost museum for the history and music of Scotland’s national instrument – the Highland bagpipes.
Tel: +44 (0)141 353 0220

People’s Palace and Winter Gardens
Glasgow Green, Glasgow
Tells the story of Glasgow and its impact on the world from 1750 to the present day with displays bringing to life the city’s past and its people.
Tel: +44 (0)141 554 0223

Scottish Football Museum
Hampden Park
Scotland’s national stadium and home of Scottish football with over 2500 exhibits.
Tel: +44 (0)141 616 6139

Buchanan Street area
Glasgow is the largest UK retail centre outside of London. Most shops are situated in the compact area around Buchanan Street.

St Mungo’s Museum of Religious
Life and Art Castle Street
Offers an insight into religious faiths throughout the world with a variety of religious artefacts and a painting by Salvador Dali.
Tel: +44 (0)141 553 2557

The Tallship at Glasgow Harbour
Stobcross Road
Offers the chance to explore one of the last remaining Clydebuilt sailing ships, the S.V Glenlee, with exhibitions, events and activities for children.
Tel: +44 (0)800 328 1373

The Tenement House
Buccleuch Street
Glasgow, more than any other Scottish city is associated with tenements and this late Victorian flat presents a fascinating picture of domestic life at the beginning of the 20th century.
Tel: +44 (0)141 333 0183

The Willow Tea Rooms
Sauchiehall Street
The interior of this Mackintosh designed tea room features many original fittings and fixtures, which you can admire while enjoying food and refreshments.
Tel: +44 (0)141 332 0521

Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
Bothwell Castle. Uddingston
The largest 13th century stone castle in Scotland in a beautiful setting overlooking the River Clyde. This castle was much fought over during the
wars of independence.
Tel: +44 (0)1698 816 894

Craignethan Castle
In a picturesque setting overlooking the River Nethan. The castle’s defences include a caponier – a stone vaulted artillery chamber – unique in Britain.
Tel: +44 (0)1555 860 364

David Livingstone Centre
Birthplace of Scotland’s greatest explorer where you can share the adventures of Livingstone’s life from his youth in the mills to his voyages in Africa.
Tel: +44 (0)1698 823 140

Greenbank Gardens
Attractive walled gardens and walks surrounding an elegant Georgian house.
Tel: +44 (0)141 616 5126

McLean Museum and Art Gallery
Includes displays on the life and works of Greenock-born James Watt, the 18th century industrialist and pioneer of steam power. It also charts the history of the shipbuilding, and other local trades.
Tel: +44 (0)1475 715 624

Museum of Scottish Country Life
East Kilbride
A 170-acre working farm where you can observe traditional methods of farming as it would have been before industrialisation. A custom built modern museum building was added in 2001 with a wide range of displays.
Tel: +44 (0)1355 224 181

New Lanark Village
Nr Lanark
This is a remarkable 18th century cotton spinning complex in an attractive gorge near the Falls of Clyde. New Lanark is renowned for the site of a pioneering social experiment, where industrialist Robert Owen provided workers with housing, free health care, a social centre and new educational system including the world’s first nursery school.
Tel: +44 (0)1555 661 345

Paisley Abbey
Founded in 1163 as a Cluniac monastery, this renovated abbey has a beautiful interior with fine woodcarvings and stunning stained glass windows from a variety of ages and styles.
Tel: +44 (0)141 889 7654

Tinto Hill
Nr Biggar
This hill 6 miles west of Biggar is known as the ‘hill of fire’ as it was the site of Druidic festivals in honour of their sun god. The views are great from the 2320ft summit, where you will also find a druidic circle and Bronze Age burial cairn.

Where to stay

Central Glasgow

The Arthouse Hotel
Bath Street
A smart contemporary townhouse hotel that is surprisingly affordable. The grill downstairs serving tepanyaki is a fashionable place to eat too.
Tel: +44 (0)141 221 6789

City Inn
Finniestown Quay
A stylish place to stay on the riverside with great views.
Tel: +44 (0)141 240 1002

Millennium Hotel
George Square
Situated in the heart of the city in George Square. There’s a conservatory terrace – the best place to watch over the city.
Tel: +44 (0)141 332 6711

One Devonshire Gardens
Great Western Road
Glasgow’s most exclusive and exquisite small hotel, with individually designed room, near the city’s botanic gardens.
Tel: +44 (0)141 339 2001

Radisson SAS
Argyll Street
This newly built hotel is centrally located and has 250 stylishly designed bedrooms and a large fitness centre with swimming pool.
Tel: +44 (0)141 204 3333

Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley

Gleddoch House.
Langbank, nr Greenock
With stunning views over the River Clyde to Ben Lomond, an 18-hole golf course, spa and two AA rosettes, Gleddoch’s the ideal place to relax and is only 20 minutes from Glasgow.
Tel: +44 (0)1475 540 711

New Lanark Mill
New Lanark
A carefully restored and converted 18th century mill, at the heart of the world heritage site of New Lanark. In a peaceful site on the banks of the River Clyde, there are also eight self-catering cottages available here too.
Tel: +44 (0)1555 667 200

Where to eat

Central Glasgow

Babbity Bowster
Blackfriars Street
This popular pub in Merchant’s City serves very Scottish food like haggis and stovies all day and is also the only bar in Glasgow which boasts a licensed beer garden.
Tel: +44 (0)141 552 5055

Bouzy Rouge
West Regent Street A stylish bistro that serves an eclectic range of affordable contemporary dishes.
Tel: +44 (0)141 221 8804

Café Source
St Andrews Square
A 21st century café set within a beautiful 18th century church, which is a great venue for both light lunches or a three course dinner.
Tel: +44 (0)141 548 6020

Ubiquitous Chip
Ashton Lane
Serves fine Scottish cooking in its popular restaurant and lighter lunches in the brasserie upstairs. With an award winning wine list and over 150 whiskies on offer.
Tel: +44 (0)141 334 5007

Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley

Steayban Restaurant
Glassford, nr Strathaven
Prime Scottish food and game cooked with a contemporary twist. A good place for Sunday lunch too.
Tel: +44 (0)1357 523 400


Getting there:

By air:
Glasgow International Airport is eight miles from Glasgow city centre and linked by shuttle bus
Tel: +44 (0)141 887 1111

British Midland fly to Glasgow from various destinations in Europe and North America
Tel: +44 (0)1332 854 854

By car:
Driving from the south – use the M74 motorway. From Edinburgh take the M8

By rail:
Easy access via the national rail network
Tel: +44 (0)8457 484 950

More information:
Glasgow Tourist Information Centre
11 George Square,
Glasgow, G2 1DY
Tel: +44 (0)141 204 4400


* In Gaelic, Glasgow is Glaschu, meaning ‘dear green place’ and there are more than 70 parks and gardens within the city’s boundaries
* Famous Glaswegians include actors Robert Carlyle, John Hannah and Allan Cumming and pop bands Texas and Travis
* New Lanark village and surrounding woodlands are protected as a UNESCO world heritage site.


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