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Glasgow City Break


August 2018

Finnieston Crane and the Clyde Arc bridge, Glasgow
Finnieston Crane and the Clyde Arc bridge, Glasgow


  1. The shopping - if you fancy a day's retail therapy on your holiday, Glasgow is the city for you. Browse floor upon floor of fashion, homewares and more, or head to the city's independent boutiques and vintage shops to pick up unique items.
  2. The night life - Glasgow's night life is legendary. Tuck into a delicious meal before heading to the pub for a few drinks in cheery surroundings, or book tickets to a gig or theatre performance.
  3. The galleries and museums - from displays of transport through the ages at the Riverside Museumto the Roman artefacts and Charles Rennie Mackintosh designs showcased at The Hunterian, there's lots of unique objects to uncover in Glasgow.

Don't miss: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and MuseumGlasgow Botanic GardensHouse for an Art LoverThe Lighthouse.





1. AYR

Greenan Castle near Ayr
Greenan Castle near Ayr

Travel from Glasgow: by car (50 minutes), by bus (1 hr) or by train (50 minutes).

Why visit? Spend a few days by the seaside and breathe in the fresh air. Further into Ayrshire there are beautiful rolling landscapes to explore as well as Robert Burns' attractions - you can still visit the very cottage he was born in!



The Three Sisters, Glencoe
The Three Sisters, Glencoe

Travel from Glasgow: by car (2 hrs 10 minutes) or by bus (2 hrs 50 minutes).

Why visit? Glen Coe is one of the most celebrated landscapes in Scotland, and even featured in the James Bond movie Skyfall. Part of the Lochaber Geopark, the deep glen was carved out by icy glaciers centuries ago. The route from Glasgow also passes stunning Loch Lomond - well worth a stop off too!



Lagavulin Distillery, Isle of Islay
Lagavulin Distillery, Isle of Islay

Travel from Glasgow: by plane (45 minutes) or by car to Kennacraig (2 hrs 35 minutes) then by ferry to Islay. You can also travel by bus to Kennacraig (3 hrs 30 minutes).

Why visit? Taste some of Islay's famously peaty whisky on the island where it was made and enjoy coastal walks and island rambles. The Isle of Jura is just a 5 minute ferry trip across the water, where you might spot majestic wild deer.


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