Famed for its lively music scene and friendly locals, Glasgow is a fun and vivacious city to explore. Walk around its historic centre and you’ll spot modern office buildings next door to Victorian homes and medieval churches. Learn about the city at the People’s Palace. This sits next to the Templeton building, modelled on the Doge’s Palace in Venice! Whether you’re interested in art, culture, history, or shopping, you’ll find it in this compact city on the Clyde. And all the glory of the Scottish countryside is just outside, with Loch Lomond and the Trossachs within easy reach.
Glasgow’s city centre is filled with eye-catching architecture. A good percentage of this is the handiwork of famed architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a master of the Art Nouveau style. See his signature roses and modernist lines in buildings like the House for an Art Lover, Willow Tea Rooms and Scotland Street School. Visit the Gothic splendour of the Glasgow Cathedral, or the modernist Riverside Museum designed by Zaha Hadid. Have a wander through the greenery of Kelvingrove Park and the Botanical Gardens, popping into the Kelvingrove Art Museum along the way, or see Highland cows grazing in Pollok Park!
Cruise ships dock in the Greenock Ocean Terminal. This is conveniently located in the town centre of Greenock, a 10-minute walk away from the central railway station where you can hop aboard a train for the swift journey into central eGlasgow. Most Glasgow sights are within walking distance from the central station. Shuttle buses are also on hand to get you into Glasgow or Paisley, as are taxis. Currently the Greenock terminal is housed in a former shipbuilding harbour, but there are plans underway for a potential new berth by the end of next year to accommodate an increase in cruise passengers.
It’s handy to have a car for driving around Scotland’s scenic countryside, and you can leave it at the port. There is parking available at the cruise terminal in Greenock, but it’s not for the general public. You’ll need to arrange parking by prior arrangement with your cruise line or travel agent. Phone the tour operator for details and they’ll help make your reservation at the port! You could also opt to park within the city of Glasgow and then take the train into Greenock for your cruise. Glasgow is filled with multi-storey car parks throughout the centre, particularly around transport hubs like Central and Queen Street Stations.
When you cruise into Glasgow you’ll see the unforgettable Scottish scenery along the River Clyde. Why not take a day trip to Loch Lomond, just an hour outside of Glasgow by train? From the scenic village of Luss to the sweeping views overlooking the Loch in Balloch Castle Country Park, it gives you a feel for the area’s countryside.
For a long time, Glasgow’s culinary scene was summed up in the deep-fried Mars Bar, but today you’ll find a diverse, interesting and very tasty selection of restaurants to choose from! The Ubiquitous Chip is famed for its use of local produce, or you could take your pick of the hip eateries in the Finnieston neighbourhood for something special whether it’s Mediterranean fare at Alchemilla or modern Scottish at the Gannet.
Visitors from all over Scotland flock to Glasgow on the weekends to do their shopping. This city packs a punch when it comes to retail appeal, offering a blend of shopping centres and quirky independent boutiques. Browse through chic vintage shops in the West End or flea markets in the Barras.
Glasgow offers a diverse selection of art galleries and museums, many of which are currently in transition. Kelvin Hall will hold the Hunterian museum’s exhibits, while the southside’s Burrell Collection will reopen in 2020 with its fabulous objets d’art.