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Your complete guide to Glasgow | City Centre | Merchant City | West End | Mural Trail


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Glasgow is open again!

great to welcome you to a city Iandt’sbursting with life, energy, passion personality.

But don’t just take our word for it! Discover the city for yourself; the only problem you’ll have is deciding where to begin. The city is home to an array of remarkable museums that house one of Europe’s largest civic arts collections, and a contemporary arts scene that is envied across the globe. The city’s built heritage is iconic, with architecture spanning Victorian to Art Nouveau (courtesy of its most famous son Charles Rennie Mackintosh) to ultra-modern.

some will require you to book in advance. Please check with each location before you visit and where required book in advance.

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From a legendary music scene to a shopping district that is unrivalled outside London, from an eclectic dining scene to distinct neighbourhoods that are positively diverse, you will be spoilt for choice while in the city.

Glasgow

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04/05 Museums 06 City Centre 07 Transport 08/09 Biking in Glasgow 10 City Centre Map 12 Attractions 16/17 Golf in Glasgow 18 Shopping 20 Dining 28 Nightlife 32 Merchant City 36 West End 40 Places to Stay 42 Glasgow Canal

With such credentials, it is no wonder that Glasgow was named one of the 20 “Best of the World” destinations by travel bible National Geographic Traveller. Remember also, as Glasgow is opening up some locations may still not be available and

This guide has live web & video links so more information is only a click away!

Some city locations may not have reopened yet. Please check before you go. © Downtown CityMap Products 2020 - No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express permission of the publisher. Every care has been taken in the preparation of this publication to ensure the accuracy of the content. However, neither the publisher or its distributors accept any responsibility whatsoever for any errors or omissions, or the consequences thereof. Offers contained within any advertisements printed in this guidebook are made solely and exclusively by the individual advertisers concerned. Any queries relating to individual advertiser’s messages or offers made therein must be directed to the individual advertiser concerned and not the publisher and/or distributors of this guide.

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new book, Coming Into View: Eric Watt's Photographs of Glasgow, is an evocative collection of almost 100 images, skillfully captured by the late, amateur photographer Eric Watt. They are part of a huge body of work his family donated to Glasgow Museums after his death. Some of the most well-known aspects of city life are depicted in his photographs. The book includes essays about Eric Watt’s life and career, written by Glasgow Museums' Curators Isobel McDonald, and by Alison Brown. Graham Watt, Eric Watt’s brother, said: “It all started when Eric was 13. He got a small camera for Christmas in 1947. I got nothing so exciting. And so he acquired an interest which absorbed him for the rest of his life. He always left the house with at least two cameras round his neck should he see something of interest, which he nearly always did. Then it was back to his bedroom which had a huge cabinet containing all his developing paraphernalia. He then spent the evenings mounting his slides and finally the family were entertained to a show among which are the historical pictures contained in this book. We are very proud that somewhat late in the day he should be afforded this recognition and my thanks are due to Glasgow Museums for making this possible.” Available to order from BookSource


GALLERY OF MODERN ART (GOMA)

Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH 0141 287 3050 www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/ gallery-of-modern-art-goma Scotland’s most visited modern art gallery. Housed in an iconic 18th century building in the heart of Glasgow, GoMA is the centre for the city’s modern and contemporary art collections. Glasgow is world-famous for the artists who live and study here, and GoMA showcases and reflects Glasgow artists’ dominance on the global visual arts scene.

PEOPLE’S PALACE & WINTER GARDENS

Glasgow Green, Templeton Street, G40 1AT 0141 276 0788 www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/ peoples-palace Our museum of Glasgow’s history explores the story of the city and its people, from 1750 to the late 20th century, through objects, paintings and photographs. Find out how ordinary Glaswegians lived, worked and played in the many colourful displays. You can visit the Single End to see the cramped living conditions endured by many people, or see the Steamie, where housewives went to wash their families’ clothes in the days before washing machines.

PROVANDS LORDSHIP

Castle Street, Glasgow, G4 0RB 0141 276 1625 www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/ provands-lordship Provand’s Lordship was built in 1471. It is one of only four surviving medieval buildings in Glasgow. The “auld hoose” is furnished with a fine selection of 17th-century historic furniture and royal portraits. Step back into medieval Glasgow with a visit to this fascinating building. Behind the building sits the St Nicholas Garden, a herb garden which is an oasis of calm, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

ST MUNGO MUSEUM OF RELIGIOUS LIFE & ART Castle Street, Glasgow, G4 0RH 0141 276 1625 www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/stmungo-museum-of-religious-life-and-art St Mungo Museum is part of the historic cathedral precinct and explores religion and its importance in Scotland, across the world and across time. There are three permanent galleries with displays relating to some of the world’s major religions, stunning works of religious art and a chance to discover more about religion in Scotland. The upper floor of the museum boasts unrivalled views of the Cathedral and the Necropolis.

SCOTLAND STREET SCHOOL MUSEUM

Scotland Street, Glasgow, G5 8QB 0141 287 0500 www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/ scotland-street-school-museum Scotland Street School was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh between 1903-1906 for the School Board of Glasgow. With many features built into the stonework and staircases, there is something to admire around every corner! Now as a museum, it tells the story of 100 years of education in Scotland, from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.Find out what school days were like in the reign of Queen Victoria, during World War II, and in the 1950s and 60s, in our three reconstructed classrooms. You can even dress up as a pupil from the past!

Glasgow Museums

Fine art, historic objects, natural history and arms and armour, brought together and exhibited in some of the city’s most beautiful public buildings ... what’s not to like? RIVERSIDE MUSEUM

Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS 0141 287 2720 www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/ riverside-museum Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel showcases all forms of transport from prams to locomotives! This spectacular museum was designed by the internationally renowned architect Zaha Hadid and sits on the banks of the River Clyde, site of the famous Clyde shipbuilding industry. The museum features the largest object in Glasgow Museums’ collection, the South African Railways locomotive 3007, as well as the world’s oldest bicycle and a recreated early 1900’s street. This is no conventional transport museum though – the stories of the people who made, drove and used transport are centre-stage with the objects.

KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY & MUSEUM

Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG 0141 276 9599 www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/kelvingrove-art-gallery-and-museum Opened in 1901, Glasgow’s favourite building houses over 8,000 objects in 22 galleries of fine art, history, natural history, arms and armour and decorative art. Highlights in fine art include Dali’s Christ of St John of the Cross, The Young Girls by Mary Cassat and Portrait of Alexander Reid by Van Gogh. In decorative art, there is a gallery dedicated to Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style, featuring stunning examples of his work in furniture and design.

THE BURRELL COLLECTION

Pollokshaws Road, Pollok Country Park, Glasgow, G43 1AT www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/the-burrell-collection The Burrell Collection is closed for refurbishment until 2021 but the Burrell Collection’s renaissance is providing the opportunity to redisplay and reinterpret this wonderful collection, and will reveal many new stories about individual objects. When the museum re-opens, over a third more gallery space will allow important and unique objects, which have not been seen for decades or have never been on permanent display to be exhibited.

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Glasgow

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lasgow is a cool city destination. As host city for the 2014 Commonwealth Games the city showed the world its new and vibrant identity and it only takes a few hours in Glasgow to realise you are experiencing one of the best places in Europe. The City Centre, Merchant City and West End are vibrant and filled with superb attractions, world class shopping, fabulous dining, stylish bars and

cafes as well as wonderful nightlife. Regardless of your budget or length of stay Glasgow has something for everyone. Getting around is easy with its compact size and easy grid layout. Exploring the city centre on foot is a great idea. From most downtown hotels you are within easy reach of a huge range of shopping, dining and entertainment choices. There is so much to do and such variety it’s no wonder that Glasgow is recognised as the best UK shopping, dining and late night destination outside of London. The city’s attractions are stunning and not at all expensive to visit. Many have free entry while others charge really low

entry fees. The best way to see more of the city for less and visit all the top attractions is to buy a ticket on the big red City Sightseeing bus tour. With tickets valid for two days you can hop on/hop off as often as you like. Also try The Subway, Glasgow’s unique underground metro system. Use it to visit the West End or other neighbourhoods easily. We hope this guide helps you find our top tips and highlights. We want Glasgow to be part of your memories forever.

Discover Glasgow in 21 stops!

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Caledonian Way, Paisley. PA3 2SW 0844 481 5555 www.glasgowairport.com

SCOTRAIL

0845 755 0033 www.scotrail.co.uk

GLASGOW AIRPORT EXPRESS

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CITY SIGHTSEEING GLASGOW

0141 423 6600 www.firstgroup.com Killermont Street. G2 3NP 0141 333 3708 www.spt.co.uk

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lasgow has an excellent transport system that makes exploring the city easy and affordable. If you arrive by air into Glasgow International the best tip is to use the Glasgow Shuttle airport to city bus link which operates up to every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day. Once in the city there are lots of ways to get about but if you are in town for more than one day then one of the best ways to see more of the city for less and sample the top attractions is to buy a ticket on the red, open top City Sightseeing bus tour. Your ticket is valid for two days and you can hop on/hop off as often as you like. Or jump onto The Subway, Glasgow’s unique underground rail network. These fast little trains will carry you around under the city and makes exploring the West End, South Side and other neighbourhoods really easy. Enquire at SPT Travel centres, they will direct you to the best value deals available. If you plan a day trip out of the city it’s likely that there is a direct fast train or bus service to your destination. Edinburgh, Stirling and the Loch Lomond area are no more than 50 minutes away and easily visited in one day. For trips further out you can get great car rental rates from Arnold Clark, a local and reliable rental company.

0141 889 1813 www.glasgowairport.com

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GLASGOW AIRPORT

153 Queen Street, G1 3BJ 0141 204 0444 www.citysightseeingglasgow.co.uk

LITTLES CHAUFFEUR DRIVE 0141 883 2111 or email reservations@littles.co.uk www.littles.co.uk Little’s Chauffeur Drive is a UK award-winning family business headquartered in Glasgow and for over 50 years we have been looking after visitors to the city in style and comfort. Our touring chauffeurs have the ability to “unlock” doors and create magical experiences that will last a lifetime. With our recent investment in Ozone sanitisation for our entire fleet you can also relax in the knowledge that our cars are completely sanitised and safe to travel in.

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Biking in Glasgow

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ycling for those everyday journeys just got easier, with the news that our free cycle hire offer through the nextbike scheme will continue to be available until spring 2021.

The first 30 minutes of standard nextbike cycle hire has been at no cost to the hirer. For casual users of the scheme, every rental under 30 minutes duration has been free of charge, and for existing subscribers, this has been extended to the first 60 minutes of any hire. There is no limit on the number of times this offer can be used by a person.

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Funded by Smarter Choices Smarter Places, which is Paths for All’s programme to increase active and sustainable travel throughout Scotland (grant-funded by Transport Scotland), Glasgow’s free cycle hire offer will be extended until March 2021. The free 30 minute offer has certainly encouraged the people of Glasgow to travel actively, with nextbike hire numbers up by almost 25% for the first month of the launch in comparison with the same period last year.

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Biking in Glasgow

GLASGOW BIKE TOURS

Where to pick up your Next Bike

07786 683445 www.glasgowbiketours.co.uk Ride along and take in some sightseeing with Glasgow Bike Tours. Visit locations where you can see spectacular views of the city, not possible by bus or car. The whole tour is outside and the route is generally flat and has been designed using cycle paths, river and canal pathways and minor roads with very little traffic. Appropriate safety measures have been put in place with guides wearing face coverings where distancing can’t be maintained and bikes and helmets are sanitised between every ride. A 20% discount is currently being offered to locals and groups. Check out the Glasgow Bike Tours website for more information and to book.

Making space for cyclists Glasgow City Council’s Spaces for People programme has been developed to give cyclists and pedestrians more space to roam in the city centre and encourage more active travel. It aims to deliver 36km of new cycle lanes across the city and cycle parking at 50 new locations. There is already a new Clydeside pop-up cycle lane which provides dedicated space for cyclists travelling west and runs for 1.5 miles between Saltmarket and the Clyde Arc, and more cycle parking has been installed in George Square. Find out more about cycling in the city at Glasgow City Council’s online hub - at www.glasgow.gov.uk/cycling

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Glasgow Map

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THE LIGHTHOUSE

11 Mitchell Lane G1 3NU 0141 276 5360 www.thelighthouse.co.uk Scotland’s centre for design and architecture houses permanent exhibitions including Foundation, a unique history of Glasgow, as well as design exhibition and The Lighthouse Shop. BUCHANAN ST   7  ST VINCENT PL  

INVISIBLE CITIES WALKING TOURS

Tel 07500 773709 www.invisiblecities.org Glasgow city tours with a unique perspective. Friendly walking tours of Glasgow that showcase some of the city’s historical landmarks and explore the social projects that make the city what it is. Experienced tour guides, all of whom have been affected by homelessness, simply live and breath the city and offer their own personal insight into the past, present and future.

THE RIVERSIDE MUSEUM

100 Pointhouse Place G3 8RS 0141 287 2720 www.glasgowlife.org.uk A vast collection of Glasgow’s transport heritage assembled under one roof showcases the city’s contribution to transportation through ship and locomotive building and car making. PARTICK 12 RIVERSIDE MUSEUM

THE TALL SHIP

100 Pointhouse Place G3 8RS 0141 357 3699 www.thetallship.com Glenlee – the only Clydebuilt windjammer still afloat in the UK. Fully restored to her former glory, a visit will take you back in time to experience life in the days of sail. PARTICK 12 RIVERSIDE MUSEUM

PEOPLE’S PALACE & WINTER GARDENS

Glasgow Green G40 1AT 0141 276 0788 www.glasgowlife.org.uk The People’s Palace is Glasgow’s social history museum charting the story of the people & city of Glasgow from 1750 to present day. PARTICK 12 RIVERSIDE MUSEUM

Attractions & Sights THE HAMPDEN EXPERIENCE

Hampden Park G42 9BA 0141 616 6139 www.scottishfootballmuseum.org.uk See more than 2500 exhibits in 14 galleries, walk among footballing legends in the hall of fame, and take the Stadium Tour. It’s who we are!

Glasgow attractions

GALLERY OF MODERN ART

Royal Exchange Square G1 3AH 0141 287 3050 www.glasgowlife.org.uk Glasgow is famous for the artists who have worked and studied here. GoMA collects and highlights the interests, influences and working methods artists from around the world share with those from Glasgow. BUCHANAN ST 7 GEORGE SQ  

GLENGOYNE DISTILLERY

DRUMGOYNE G63 9LB 01360 550254 www.glengoyne.com Set in stunning scenery just outside Glasgow, Glengoyne offers visitors unique distillery tours and a superb whisky shop at what some regard as Scotland’s most beautiful distillery.

CITY SIGHTSEEING BUS TOUR

George Square G1 3BJ 0141 204 4400 WWW.CITYSIGHTSEEINGGLASGOW.CO.UK Open top bus tours. The perfect way to see Glasgow. Tickets valid for two days. Hop on Hop off as often as you like with live or translated commentary available. BUCHANAN ST   7   GEORGE SQ  

GLASGOW SCIENCE CENTRE

Pacific Quay G51 1EA 0141 420 5000 www.glasgowsciencecentre.org Experience hundreds of fun hands on science exhibits, shows and challenges in an amazing building right on the banks of the River Clyde with fantastic views over the city skyline 11 GLASGOW SCIENCE CENTRE SCOTTISH FOOTBALL MUSEUM Everything about Scottish football past & present including Hall of Fame. 2 GLASGOW CATHEDRAL Historic wonder including St.Mungo Museum nearby. 1 GALLERY OF MODERN ART Great exhibitions and a nice place to stop for coffee!

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Glasgow’s most visited attraction and easy to see why. 14 GLASGOW UNIVERSITY Home of the Hunterian Museum 15 BOTANIC GARDENS Somewhere tranquil to walk and enjoy the amazing displays. 20 GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART Part of the architectural history of the city

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Glasgow Attractions

Attractions & Sights

THE CLYDESIDE DISTILLERY 100 Stobcross Road, Glasgow, G3 8QQ T. 0141 212 1401 www.theclydeside.com Glasgow’s stills are flowing once again at The Clydeside Distillery. Discover how our craftsmen handcraft our whisky the timehonoured way. Experience the stunning views down the River Clyde from our picturesque Still House. See the fascinating history come to life on our Tours and learn about the heyday of Glasgow’s Queen’s Dock. Unwind in our sumptuous Clydeside Café with platters and whisky flights. Browse our selection of rare and regional malts in our Whisky Shop.

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CITY CHAMBERS George Square. G1 1DU 0141 287 2000. www.glasgow.gov.uk Glasgow City Chambers is one of the most important and prestigious buildings in the city. City Chambers is an impressive symbol of the Glasgow's political strength and historical wealth. The interior boasts stunning architecture as well as beautifully ornate staircases and stairs. A must visit!

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Gordon Street. G1 3SL 07734 647381 www.glasgowcentraltours.co.uk One of Glasgow's iconic landmarks. On the tour you will be given an exclusive, behind the scenes look at Glasgow Central Station. You will walk in subterranean passageways beneath Glasgow's streets and visit railway vaults that drove Glasgow's industrial expansion to become "The Second City Of The Empire". A truly unique tour not to be missed. Tours must be pre-booked please call to check availabilty.

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GMCT provide guided walking tours of the city's past and present music scene. By visiting existing venues and disturbing the ghosts of long gone venues, we explore the people, places and performances which helped Glasgow become a UNESCO City of Music. Tours run Saturdays at 11am and 2pm and last two hours. ◄ Guide Fiona Shepherd outside St Andrew’s in the Square II. Merchant City Tour. Photo by Jannica Honey

HOUSE FOR AN ART LOVER Bellahouston Park, Dumbreck Road, G41 5BW T. 0141 483 1600 www.houseforanartlover.co.uk Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover provides an excellent cultural attraction and tourist destination, while also being one of the city’s finest wedding and events venues. The House is home to the popular Art Lovers Café, Gallery and Shop, and within the grounds you will also find the Studio Pavilion and Heritage Centre as well as a beautiful Walled Garden. The Art Lover’s Café is open 10am until 4pm with morning bites from 10am, Lunch from noon and Afternoon Tea from 2pm.

THE MERCHANTS HOUSE 7 West George St, Glasgow, G2 1BA T: 0141 221 8272 www.merchantshouse.org.uk The Merchants House is one of the oldest social enterprises in Scotland, dating back to 1605 it has consistently supported charities within Glasgow and West of Scotland. Our grant aid can support foodbanks to musical projects. Based at the corner of George Square, the Merchants House is an ideal base for an event; Host your conference, meeting, private party – rooms to suit all, with profits being returned to our social giving.

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MACKINTOSH AT THE WILLOW

215-217 Sauchiehall Street. G2 3EX T. 0141 332 7696 www.willowtearoomstrust.org Miss Cranston’s original Willow Tea Rooms were designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1903. Mackintosh at the Willow operates as a not-for-profit social enterprise creating training, learning, employment and other opportunities and support for young people and communities in partnership with The Prince’s Trust. Prince’s Trust trainees are part of the customer facing and kitchen teams. Through our Learning and Education activities they also work with local schools and community groups. So, when you visit, you’re also contributing to creating positive change. As well as the iconic tearooms they offer meeting and events spaces, a creative learning and education department, an exciting exhibition and retail store.

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Golf in Glasgow

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cotland is the home of golf so if you're a golfer and you're staying in or around Glasgow then let temptation take you away to one of the amazing courses within easy reach of the city. There are a variety of excellent courses where you can test your skills at varying levels of difficulty. One thing that is constant however, is the warm welcome that awaits you wherever you choose to play. Check out our selections here and call in advance to arrange your round. Most will be able to arrange equipment hire as well as pre and post round dining and drinks, dependent of course on Covid restrictions in place. Regardless of where you play, you can say that you have played golf in The Home Of Golf!

Accessible from the City Centre CATHCART CASTLE GOLF CLUB

0141 638 9449 www.cathcartcastle.net Cathcart Castle Golf Club was established in 1895 and is one of the oldest golf clubs in the Glasgow area. The James Braid designed golf course is played over undulating parkland and offers a challenge to all levels of golfers. It is a family friendly golf club and caters to golfers of all abilities. Roughly a 15-minute drive from Glasgow’s city centre, Cathcart Castle is easily accessible for visitors.

CAWDER GOLF CLUB

0141 761 1281 www.cawdergolfclub.com Just 10 minutes from Glasgow city centre, the peaceful, picturesque setting lets you forget about the busy city lifestyle and golfers lose themselves in the beautiful game of golf. Visitors have the options of playing the Championship course set in the wonderful woodlands with stunning views of the Campsie Hills, or alternatively you can enjoy the Keir course, more forgiving from the tee and less physically demanding than the championship course, and with equally wonderful views of the Campsie Hills.

COWGLEN GOLF CLUB SANDYHILLS GOLF CLUB

0141 778 1179 www.sandyhillsgolfclub.co.uk Sandyhills Golf Club provides a beautiful challenging 18-hole parkland setting situated in Glasgow’s East End near Mount Vernon and just 10 minutes from Glasgow city centre, that offers a very fair test to golfers of all abilities. The Clubhouse at Sandyhills is large with spacious traditional lounges which are comfortable and tastefully decorated, providing members and visitors the perfect area to relax before and after their round of golf.

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0141 632 7463 www.cowglengolfclub.co.uk Voted as 2019 South West Scotland Golf Club of the year, Cowglen is a beautifully presented parkland course which provides a challenging test to all golfers. The picturesque golf course is matched by the relaxing clubhouse, bar and lounge areas which await you after your round. Visitors are welcome throughout the year and are welcome to enjoy all clubhouse facilities on offer.

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0141 427 1157 www.haggscastlegolfclub.com Dubbed as ‘Glasgow’s finest golf course’, Haggs Castle is set in the magnificent mature parkland of Pollok Country Park. The peaceful, tree-lined fairways of the course provide a wonderful contrast to the nearby, bustling city-centre. Visiting golfers can always be assured of a warm welcome at Haggs Castle. They will receive a friendly greeting in the clubhouse before or after their game. Food is available all day with a variety of menu offerings during the playing season. The clubhouse consists of locker room facilities as well as shower facilities.

Easily accessible by train HELENSBURGH GOLF CLUB

01436 675505 www.helensburghgolfclub.co.uk Golfers have been enjoying our beautiful moorland course above Helensburgh town since 1893 and we invite you to come and enjoy this destination course that no golfer should miss. Despite being only 20 miles from Glasgow, our course is in a relaxing and tranquil setting with stunning views over the Clyde Estuary to the South and over Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to the North. The gently undulating terrain and varied layout is playable for all but a challenge for the best. To score well you will need to plot your way round and master our fast and true putting surfaces. The club is easily accessible by train from Glasgow’s city centre and is an ideal stop if you are visiting the many attractions of the surrounding area or heading out to explore Scotland’s wonderful west coast.

01389 841754 www. cardrossgolfclub.co.uk Being less than six miles from the worldrenowned Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, with stunning views over the river Clyde and only 25 minutes from Glasgow Airport, makes Cardross not only easily accessible but a must on any golfing holiday. The Club has a welcoming clubhouse, excellent catering, a wellstocked Professional’s shop and is one of the best inland parkland golf courses in the West of Scotland. Cardross train station is conveniently located across the road from the clubhouse. Visitors and Societies are most welcome to come and play.

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POLLOK GOLF CLUB

0141 632 4351 www.pollokgolf.com Just minutes from Glasgow city centre and set in Pollok Country Park’s secluded mature woodland, Pollok is arguably Scotland’s finest city suburban course. Designed by the famous Alister MacKenzie ( designer of Augusta National, Cypress Point and many others), Pollok’s parkland setting is a golfing haven and is only overlooked by the magnificent Pollok House. Maintained to the highest standard, the course is a proper test for low handicappers and its fairness & playability mean golfers of all abilities enjoy it. Founded in 1892, the club has a rich history with a modern outlook. Pollok is open to visitors throughout the year and the golf course is matched only by the warm, hospitable welcome in the luxurious clubhouse.

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0141 586 5300 www.bearsdengolfclub.co.uk Founded in 1891, Bearsden Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs on the North side of Glasgow. Just 5 miles from Glasgow’s city centre, Bearsden Golf Club value their location on the edge of the countryside, where you can enjoy both the pleasures of life, and golf, whether you are a member or a visitor. Bearsden also boasts an extremely comfortable clubhouse setting to enjoy after your round.

0141 956 4657 www.hiltonpark.net Being less than six miles from the world-Set in beautiful rural surroundings just 10 miles from Glasgow, are two of the finest moorland golf courses in Scotland. The Hilton and Allander courses at Hilton Park were designed in 1927 by seven times Open Champion James Braid and were home to Martin Laird in the years before he became a successful PGA tour player. The courses offer a distinctive and rewarding experience to both members and visitors. Hilton Park Golf Club is about 9 miles from Glasgow airport, 10 miles from Glasgow city centre, and is situated on the A809, two miles from Milngavie on the road to Drymen.

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Glasgow’s Cafe Culture 18

Find your next coffee break! Glasgow city centre has great places to take a break and enjoy a well earned coffee. Check out our COFFEE MAP and find your perfect caffeine place!

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hopping in Glasgow ticks all the boxes for followers of fashion, brand collectors, savvy shoppers and those in search of an all round immersion in retail therapy! You will find all the big names and quite a few unique

A few of Glasgow’s Hidden Gems

81 Queen Street G2 3DA 0141 226 8972 www.fatbuddhastore.com An amazingly stylish and trendy independent retail experience stocking a wide variety of mainstream as well as up and coming brands. A unique selection of clothing, footwear, watches and accessories Buchanan St   7 St. Vincent Pl

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Take time to discover a few of Glasgow's real hidden gems. Local independent shops that add style and individualism to what they do so that you get something special and unique during your visit. Enjoy!

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Glasgow independents too and while most big stores and malls are conveniently located right in the heart of the city centre, make sure you jump on the Subway to the West End where many other retail delights await you.

21 Bath Street G2 1HW 0141 333 1356 www.maiagifts.co.uk Maia is an independent retailer that specialises in unique and interesting gifts and other lovely things to buy for you or someone special. a real hidden gem that’s worth visiting during your stay. BUCHANAN ST   7 ST. VINCENT PL

SHEILA FLEET Princes Square.G1 3JN 0141 221 3994 www.sheilafleet.com Specialist Orkney based jewellery designer Sheila Fleet has opened a beautiful new shop in Princes Square .She is one of only two jewellers authorised to receive gold from Scotland’s only gold mine. BUCHANAN ST   7 ST. VINCENT PL

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t Enoch Centre is located in Glasgow's busy city centre, one of the UK's top shopping destinations outside London nd has played a part in the city's life for more than 200 years. St Enoch Square was originally opened in 1783 as a grazing area for sheep and since then it has seen some of Glasgow’s finest landmarks come and go. The St Enoch Railway Station first opened its doors in 1876 and the St. Enoch Hotel followed in 1879. When the Hotel closed in 1974 the site was used as a car park until 1985 when work started on St Enoch Centre. Since opening on May 25, 1989, St Enoch Centre has consistently led the way for shopping centres in Scotland, inspiring the growth of Glasgow’s vibrant retail sector and underwent a major refurbishment programme to add more retail space and enhance the entrance facing onto Argyle Street in 1998. In 2005 work started on an extensive £150 million redevelopment and refurbishment programme. The first phase of the redevelopment was unveiled in November 2009 with the opening of world famous toy store Hamleys, and completed in May 2010, welcoming a range of new and exclusive stores as well as cafes and restaurants overlooking St Enoch Square.

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ituated at the top of pedestrianised Buchanan Street and packed with high street favourites and designer brands, Buchanan Galleries is a go-to shopping destination for Glasgow’s fashion lovers. The centre is home to over 90 fashion, electrical and gift outlets, as well as quirky and unique food outlets. Over four floors you’ll find High Street brands, small independents and the John Lewis department store. Whether you want a new look for your night out or to pick up the latest gadget, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Buchanan Galleries. A helpful information centre can be found at Level 3 and John Lewis, Mango, Next, and Phase Eight all offer a personal shopper and/or style advisor services. We offer a free WiFi service which means that our customers can enjoy fast and reliable internet access throughout the Centre.

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oted Scotland’s Favourite Building by the public in 2016, Princes Square is an ornate 19th century Merchants’ Square – ideally located in the heart of Glasgow City Centre. With over 30 shops which includes; Kate Spade, Vivienne Westwood, Reiss & Shelia Fleet. Princes Square is Glasgow’s leading speciality shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Offering an unrivalled mix of high street brands and designer labels, stylish restaurants and bars, boutique cinema and gin school. Princes Square has something for everyone, all under one elegant roof. The original buildings consisted of a four storey merchant square built in yellow sandstone and completed in 1841. The then owner, James Campbell, was knighted by Queen Victoria and later became Lord Provost of Glasgow. In celebration of the birth of the Prince of Wales, later to become Edward VII, he named his new building Princes Square.

A number of our stores are operating online so they will be able to fulfil online orders until you can visit the shops again.

Princes Square opened in its current format as a shopping and dining destination in 1988. Now owned by Redevco, the centre has undergone a £7.5m refurbishment.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Buchanan Galleries just as soon as it is safe to do so. Stay safe, stay home if you can, and look after each other.

World renowned travelwriter Bill Bryson described Princes Square as: “One of the most intelligent pieces of urban renewal.”

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Glasgow Shopping

City Centre Shopping CITY CENTRE MALLS & DEPT STORES BUCHANAN GALLERIES

220 Buchanan Street. G1 2FF 0141 333 9898 www.buchanangalleries.co.uk 21  ROYAL   BUCHANAN STREET  CONCERT HALL

PRINCE’S SQUARE

48 Buchanan Street G1 3JN 0141 221 0324 www.princessquare.co.uk 7   ST. VINCENT   BUCHANAN STREET  PLACE

ST. ENOCH CENTRE

55 St. Enoch Square. G1 4BW 0141 204 3900 www.st-enoch.co.uk 8   RADISSON BLU HOTEL   ST. ENOCH 

DEBENHAMS

97 Argyle Street G2 8AR 0141 225 3432 www.debenhams.com 8   RADISSON BLU HOTEL   ST. ENOCH 

JOHN LEWIS

Buchanan Galleries G1 2GF 0141 353 6677 www.johnlewis.com 21  ROYAL   BUCHANAN STREET  CONCERT HALL

LOAKE SHOEMAKERS

HOUSE OF FRASER

45 Buchanan Street G1 3JL 0844 800 3728 www.houseoffraser.co.uk 7   ST. VINCENT PLACE   ST. ENOCH 

HAMLEYS

83 St Vincent Street. G2 5TF. 0330 159 2682 www.loakestores.com/locations/glasgow The Loake Glasgow store occupies a classic former bank building with beautiful original features befitting the quality and style of the Loake brand and the wonderful products on display in store. The highly experienced and friendly team will fit you with the finest selection of quality shoes available in the city. A real highlight in your Glasgow shopping experience.   BUCHANAN ST 7 ST. VINCENT PL

MAIA

CRUISE

21 Bath Street. G2 1HW 0141 333 1356  www.maiagifts.co.uk Stunning little store packed with beautiful gift ideas and other lovely things. A real hidden gem that’s worth taking time to visit.   BUCHANAN ST 7 ST. VINCENT PL

Ingram Street, G1 1DA 0141 229 0000 www.cruisefashion.co.uk Cruise is a magnet for the fashion hungry in seek of top labels such as Gucci, Prada, D&G, Armani, Fendi and many others.   BUCHANAN ST  1 GEORGE SQ

LEGO STORE

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lasgow boasts more shops than any other city in the UK outside of London and is consistently voted as the top place to shop with over 1500 shops to choose from. The city centre is a magnet for shoppers and at its very heart is a unique square mile (The Style Mile) of boutiques, malls and flagship stores offering shops and brands to suit taste and budget. The main shopping streets are made up of Sauchiehall Street to the north, Argyle Street to the south and Buchanan Street connecting the two. Sitting conveniently in between are three outstanding shopping malls: Buchanan Galleries, Prince’s Square and St. Enoch Centre, each distinctively different but each with a wealth of fantastic brands to choose from. Check out our listings where you will find all the information you need for great shopping!

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St. Enoch Centre. G1 4BW 0871 704 2990  www.hamleys.com Hamleys in Glasgow! Experience the joy & delight of the world famous Hamley’s toy store right here in the heart of the city.   ST. ENOCH 8 RADISSON BLU

Buchanan Galeries. G1 2FF 0141 353 3505 www.lego.com The world of Lego brought to life in one store featuring a fantastic range of models as well as a Pick & Mix section for individual pieces. BUCHANAN ST 21 ROYAL CONCERT HALL

Buchanan Street G1 3LB 0141 221 1738 www.nike.com A stunning flagship store feturing a massive selection of Nike clothing, footwear and sports apparel displayed over two sensational floors. BUCHANAN ST 7 ST VINCENT PL

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L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE

46 Buchanan Street. G1 3JX 0141 248 7940  www.uk.loccitane.com For 30 years L’Occitane has drawn inspiration from Mediterranean art de vivre and tradional Provencial techniques to create natural beauty products. The Glasgow store offers the full range of products but make sure you seek out the lavender! BUCHANAN ST   7 ST. VINCENT PL

AN UNEXPECTED GALLERY St. Enoch Centre. G1 4 BW 0141 374 0232. www.anunexpectedgallery.com An Unexpected Gallery is an exciting Arts Hub house in the iconic St Enoch Shopping Centre in Glasgow. It is home to over 60 artists creating new work and taking commissions from customers to create the size and style they want for their walls. We are friendly and welcoming and an ideal place to visit with a coffee and chat about your walls!

ARRAN AROMATICS

Buchanan Galleries. G1 2FF 0141 648 0082 www.arran.com Natural, hand made skin care for men and women brought to you with care for the environment and animals at the heart of what they do. Browse the amazing range of products from this global but very local Scottish producer BUCHANAN ST 1 GEORGE SQ

POLO RALPH LAUREN

208 Ingram St. G1 1DQ 0141 242 6000 range of men and woman’s clothing, shoes and accessories in a classic period building right in the heart of the shopping district. Located within easy reach of all the city centre hotels and close to transport points. BUCHANAN ST 1 GEORGE SQ

WATERSTONES BOOKSTORE

Sauchiehall Street G2 3EW 0843 290 8345  www.waterstones.com A fabulous classic bookstore with titles covering every subject that you might care to read about. Browse, relax and find a subject of interest. Includes an in-store Costa Coffee café

THE DR.MARTEN’S STORE

50 Sauchiehall Street. G2 3AH 0141 332 5384  www.drmartens.com A flagship store stocking the full range of Dr.Marten products offering a unique insight into this iconic brand from footwear to clothing to accessories.   BUCHANAN ST 20 THEATRES

Glasgow Shopping

Temptation, Inspiration, Style, Fashion ...

FAT BUDDHA

81 Queen Street. G2 3DA 0141 226 8972 www.fatbuddhastore.com An amazingly stylish & trendy retail experience stocking all the basic ingredients & brands of street culture; clothing, footwear, design led books, urban vinyl toys & spray paint supplies. BUCHANAN ST   7 ST. VINCENT PL

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ROBERT GRAHAM’S GLOBAL WHISKY

111 West George Street. G2 1QR 0141 248 7283  www.globalwhiskyshop.com The best little whisky & cigar shop in Glasgow. Find over 150 whiskies in stock as well as the finest cigar selection in the city. Worldwide mail order service available. BUCHANAN ST   7 ST. VINCENT PL

GREAVES SPORTS

23 Gordon Street. G1 3PW. 0141 221 3322  www.greavessports.com An institution for sports enthusiasts since the 1960’s. Find what you need for whatever sport you play or follow with a huge range of clothing & accessories to fully equip any age or sport. BUCHANAN ST 7 ST VINCENT PL

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OFFICE

217 Buchanan Street G1 2JZ 0141 353 2387  www.office.co.uk International footwear with styles and colours to suit practically every taste. There are stores at both ends of Buchanan Street so the choice is yours. Ranges for men and women of all ages across all departments from casual to party to formal. BUCHANAN ST    7 ST. VINCENT PL

TIMBERLAND

Buchanan Street. G1 3HL. 0141 229 171  www.timberlandonline.co.uk Everything Timberland under one roof, including footwear, clothing and accessories for men, women and children. BUCHANAN ST 7   ST. VINCENT PL  

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Glasgow Dining

Discover Glasgow Restaurants ... Glasgow Restaurateur Matt Johansson

he Mussel Inn is Glasgow’s best known T restaurant for fresh Scottish seafood. Executive chef Matt Johansson reflects on

what makes the city a true diner’s delight. There is so much to celebrate about Glasgow’s dining scene with an ever greater variety of restaurants, pubs and clubs to choose from. The city has always been known for its humour and vitality, but in recent years it has seen a real lift in the quality and diversity of the food on offer, as well as the style and variety of its restaurants. Gone are the days when eating out was the preserve of the well healed or business community

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These days you can eat quality food in a stylish, casual atmosphere without it costing you an arm or a leg. Tourists love the friendliness and informality of Glasgow, while the international flavour is enhanced by the number of Europeans now working in our pubs and restaurants. Glasgow has become one of the most vibrant and attractive cities in Europe, and the opening up of airport links means that we are now an enticing destination for visitors from all over the world.

When visitors explore the city, they find all types of cuisine, fabulous shopping and a vibrant nightlife from the colourful Merchant City area to bustling Buchanan Street and trendy West End. Even Hope Street, where the Mussel Inn is situated, is swiftly becoming a hive of activity. When you add Glasgow’s museums, galleries and stunning architectural heritage, all these elements contribute to Glasgow’s ever growing reputation as one of the cultural capitals of the world.

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Enjoy 2 courses from the prix fixe menu and a glass of wine for only £19.95 per person

Mouth-watering classic and contemporary dishes using locally sourced ingredients and fresh produce, enjoyed in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. LA BONNE AUBERGE, 161 WEST NILE STREET, GLASGOW, G1 2RL, TEL: 0141 352 8310

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25 of the

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TGI FRIDAYS

LYCHEE ORIENTAL

59 Mitchell Street. G1 3LN 0141 248 2240 www.lycheeoriental.co.uk Award winning oriental restaurant serving classic and modern Asian dishes in a stylish and relaxed modern atmosphere. Great cocktails served too! ST. ENOCH 10 RADISSON BLU

HARD ROCK CAFÉ

179 Buchanan Street. G1 2JZ 0141 353 8790 www.hardrock.com From the moment you step inside Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow in the restored, Athenaeum Theatre you're in the presence of greatness. There are legends on the walls, in the speakers, behind the bar and at the grill. BUCHANAN ST 1 GEORGE SQUARE

THE RAVEN

Buchanan Street. G1 3HF 0844 692 0249 www.tgifridays.co.uk World famous dining featuring sizzling steaks, fabulous burgers and the famous cocktail list! It’s hard to imagine a major city without one and Glasgow is no exception. BUCHANAN ST 9 ST VINCENT PL

81-85 Renfield St. G2 1LP 0141 332 6151 www.theravenglasgow.com The Raven is a vibrant gastropub serving slow smoked food prepared and smoked on the premises. There is a wide menu choice with prices to suit all budgets and a fantastic selection of craft beers. BUCHANAN ST 7 ST. VINCENT PL

THE SPIRITUALIST

BAVARIA BRAUHAUS

61 Elmbank Street. G2 4PQ 0141 332 3565 www.thespiritualist.com Contemporary cuisine, beautifully made at an affordable price and Scotland’s greatest bar gantry offering you an unrivalled selection of spirits, liqueurs, cocktails, wines and craft beers. BUCHANAN ST 21 GEORGE SQ

30 Bothwell Street. G2 6NU. 0141 457 7100 www.bavarianbrauhaus.com A unique and authentic German Bierhalle right in the centre of Glasgow. Live entertainment with a German Oompah band on Saturdays and dj every Friday & Saturday. ST ENOCH 8 CENTRAL STN

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LA BONNE AUBERGE

161 West Nile Street G1 2RL 0141 352 8310. www.labonneauberge.co.uk Is at the heart of Glasgow’s Theatreland. The city’s original Mediterranean Brasserie continues to thrive and innovate. Using only the freshest ingredients, the menus offer excellent value with tantalising cuisine inspired by France and the Mediterranean. BUCHANAN ST 21 ROYAL C/ HALL

ROMA

Bath Street. G2 1HG 0141 332 9641 www.romaglasgow.co.uk Roma Mediterranean restaurant offers a blend of Mediterranean, European and traditional dishes for lunch, pre-theatre and dinner. Located within an easy walk of many hotels and theatres, Roma has a casual, relaxed atmosphere where you can unwind with good food and wine. BUCHANAN ST 23 THEATRES

AMORE

30 Ingram Street. G1 1EZ 0141 553 0810 www.amoreglasgow.co.uk A fantastic, authentic Italian pizzeria & restaurant serving the finest fresh produce and beautifully prepared wood oven pizzas and pasta. BUCHANAN ST 3 MERCHANT CITY

THE GANNET

1155 Argyll St. G3 8TB 0141 204 2081. www.thegannetgla.com The Gannet is a multi award winning Scottish restaurant in the vibrant destination of Finnieston. It’s within easy reach from the city centre and close to the SEC Campus & Hydro. 13 KELVIN WAY

West George Street. G2 1DH 0141 353 6373 www.carltonhotels.co.uk Enjoy a table with a view from Glasgow’s only rooftop restaurant overlooking George Square and West George Street. Open for lunch,afternoon tea, pre-theatre or dinner. BUCHANAN ST 1 GEORGE SQUARE

CAFÉ ANDALUZ

LA LANTERNA

MUSSEL INN

35 Hope Street G2 6AE 0141 221 9160 www.lalanterna-glasgow.co.uk For over 40 years La Lanterna has been delighting customers old and new with its rich authentic Italian cuisine. Glasgow’s oldest family run Italian restaurant. ST. ENOCH 10 RADISSON BLU

St. Vincent Place. G1 2DW 0141 222 2255 www.cafeandaluz.com Authentic Spanish tapas, paellas and a huge range of Spanish wines and cocktails in a relaxed and bustling atmosphere. Centrally located and a great family destination. BUCHANAN ST 9 ST VINCENT PL 157 Hope Street. G2 2UQ 0141 572 1405 www.mussel-inn.com Mouth watering seafood, simple cooked using fresh produce from their own sources in a the relaxed and casual atmosphere of this award winning restaurant. BUCHANAN ST 9 ST VINCENT PL

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BUCK’S BAR

111 West Regent St. G2 2RU 0141 221 2327 www.bucksbar.co.uk Buck’s is a rock’n’roll bar specialising in authentic buttermilk fried chicken, seriously addictive Nashville hot chicken, cocktails, beers and bourbon. Live bands, dj’s and drink deals seven days a week.

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SAPPORO

Ingram Street G1 1HA 0141 290 0973 www.sapporo.co.uk An exciting dining Japanese experience with food expertly prepared by Teppanyaki chefs who will dazzle you with their tricks while delivering mouth watering food to your plate. BUCHANAN ST 3 MERCHANT CITY

RIVERHILL COFFEE BAR

24 Gordon Street. G1 3PU 0141 204 4762 www.riverhillcoffee.co.uk Riverhill’s philosophy is simple. They strive to make delicious food and serve delectable coffee in stylish surroundings. They are a group of likeminded souls who champion nutritious food, moreish grub and individually ground coffee for every customer. It’s always busy! What better recommendation do you need? BUCHANAN ST 7 ST. VINCENT PL

MASALA TWIST TIKKA TAPAS BAR

Nelson Mandela Place. G1 2LL 0141 332 0041 www.chaophraya.co.uk Located just off Buchanan street, opposite the church, Chaophraya is the largest Thai restaurant in Europe. Set over four floors, the restaurant impressively blends contemporary Thai design with the characterful heritage surrounds. The fourth floor accommodates some of the best private dining and meeting spaces in the city, perfect for celebrations and events. Inspired by Thailand, our culinary team bring together classic Thai and distinct signature dishes. BUCHANAN ST 1 GEORGE SQUARE

ALLA TURCA

192 Pitt Street G2 4DY 0141 332 5300 www.allaturca.co.uk Award winning authentic Turkish grill & mezze bar with background live music. Enjoy a wide variety of freshly prepared mezze and traditional Turkish dishes in a warm, welcoming and cosy atmosphere. BUCHANAN ST 22 GLW SCH OF ART

Hope Street. G2 3PS 0141 332 6002 www.masalatwist.co.uk Authentic Indian cuisine with a Scottish twist. The chefs deliver classic Indian style dishes using the finest local ingredients. For a twist you can also enjoy rabbit or venison curry as well as pheasant tikka along with all the other well know selections. BUCHANAN ST 23 THEATRES

WAGAMAMA

44 West George Street. G2 1DH 0141 354 5154 www.waxyoconnors.co.uk Centrally located, with 3 floors, 6 bars and 9 different areas, Waxy’s is Glasgow’s most unique bar. Waxy’s is also home to live sport shown on big screens and with a fabulous food menu served all day Waxy’s is not to be missed. BUCHANAN ST 1 GEORGE SQUARE

BROWN’S BAR & BRASSERIE

ICHIBAN

West Campbell Street. G2 4TT 0141 221 6000 www.red-onion.co.uk Award winning Red Onion is a contemporary casual dining experience with a menu that offers something for everyone and features dishes that people know and love. Chef/Patron John Quiqley will delight with dishes prepared with fresh Scottish ingredients. BUCHANAN ST 22 GLW SCH OF ART

WAXY O’CONNORS

George Square G2 1DY 0141 221 7828 www.browns-restaurants.co.uk An all day brasserie with a menu to suit every occasion from breakfast, business lunch, shopping breather or dinner with friends. Located right in the centre of the city, Browns is an easy choice within a short walk of all the key city attractions. BUCHANAN ST 1 GEORGE SQUARE

50 Queen Street. G1 3DS 0141 204 4200 www.ichiban.co.uk Glasgow’s original noodle restaurant and still serving great Japanese dishes freshly prepared in the open kitchen. Extensive menu includesbrice, noodle and soup based dishes as well as sushi and bento boxes. BUCHANAN ST 9 ST VINCENT PL

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◄CHAOPHRAYA

West George Street. G2 1PB 0141 229 1468 www.wagamama.com Delicious noodles, rice dishes, salads and freshly squeezed juices all brought together in a vibrant busy restaurant makes Wagamama a great family destination. BUCHANAN ST 9 ST VINCENT PLACE

RED ONION

Daily Dinner Specials, seasonal Set Menus and all the Bill’s classics RESTAURANT & BAR Bill's Glasgow,, 22-24 West Nile Street, G1 2PW | T: 0141 221 6883 | glasgow@ bills-email.co.uk

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Glasgow’s culinary landscape ... SHILLING BREWING Co.

92 West George St. G2 1PJ 0141 331 4111 www.shillingbrewingcompany.co.uk Shilling Brewing Co. brews its own craft beer on site as well as showcasing other Scottish and UK craft beers. With freshly prepared gourmet artisan pizzas fast cooked in a clay oven.. ST ENOCH 1 GEORGE SQ

CUBATATAS TAPAS BAR & RESTAURANT

108 Elderslie St. G3 7AR 0141 573 0114 www.cubatatas.co.uk Lively, stone-walled bar-restaurant serving authentic paella, tapas and other Spanish favourites. Open since 2014 the restaurant is run by a young but extremely passionate team who to provide you with a fantastic and traditional Spanish culinary experience.

DiMAGGIO’S

21 Royal Exchange Square. G1 3AJ 0141 248 2111 www.dimaggios.co.uk Dining at DiMaggios is a relaxed affair with no set rules other than enjoying the home cooked recipes, family atmosphere and friendly staff. BUCHANAN ST 1 GEORGE SQUARE

RED BUS BISTRO

226 George St. G1 1JF 01335 229448 www. redbusbistro.co.uk At the Red Bus Bistro you can enjoy a range of different dining offerings while touring the city in a quirky London Bus converted into a unique restaurant.

BOMBAY BLUES

41 Hope Street. G2 6AE. 0141 221 0817 www.bombaybluesglasgow.co.uk Finest Indian cuisine, stylish surroundings together with welcoming staff make Bombay Blues the perfect lunch or dinner destination. Next to Artto Hotel. ST. ENOCH 10 RADISSON BLU HOTEL

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267 Galowgate. G4 0TR & 94 Byres Rd. G12 8TB 0141 552 1177 & 0141 280 6000 www.vanwinkle.co.uk Glasgow’s bourbon heaven with stunning bourbon inspired food to match! Established at Gallowgate and now open in the heart of the West End too. Enjoy a cold beer in the Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire Garden with BBQ and fire pit too. In the West End enjoy mouth-watering wee plates, burgers and five cheese macaroni as well as a choice of over 50 bourbons! Head East or West for some of the best food and drink in town!

THUNDERCAT PUB & DINER

86 Miller Street. G1 1DT 0141 221 1568 www.thundercatpubdiner.co.uk Amazing new city centre pub and diner specialising in deep dish pizza pies and American staples. Thundercat’s chef Yvonne Noon is passionate about the food served in America’s diners, pubs and dive bars. Having travelled the lenght and breath of the USA, Yvonne and the team behind Buck’s Bar now bring those authentic flavours and recipes to Glasgow. Open for Brunch, lunch and dinner ‘til late. BUCHANAN ST 1 GEORGE SQ

TOPOLABAMBA

89 St. Vincent Street. G2 5TF 0141 248 9359 www.topolabamba.com Glasgow’s new authentic Mexican Restaurant. Taking inspiration from the four main regions of Mexico; Oaxaca, Chiapas, Chihuahua as well as the name. The menu is a mix of classic Mexican dishes and authentic street food for sharing, so you can order 2 or 3 per person or lots for friends. BUCHANAN ST 9 ST VINCENT PL

SUGO PASTA

70 Mitchell Street. G1 3LX 0141 258 1650 www.sugopasta.co.uk From the makers of Paesano Pizza comes Sugo Pasta! Located in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre, Sugo is a bustling open space restaurant with over 200 seats where diners can watch chefs produce fresh pasta and see their authentic dishes being cooked in the open kitchen. The pasta is made by hand every day and the menu delivers a variety of exceptional regional Italian pasta dishes. ST ENOCH 10 RAD ISSON BLU

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dinburgh start-up Pour launched with venues across Scotland in early August, their aim; to simplify the cluttered order and pay market that Covid-19 helped create. Amidst the rapid technology adoption in the hospitality industry, consumer’s needs are being ignored. Patrons are expected to download venue specific apps and create accounts for every place that they visit, often offering them a bad customer experience with online ordering.

What is Pour? Founded by Scottish entrepreneurs Ian Martin and Paul Kirkland, Pour is an online app platform that enables venues to upload and edit their menus, and share them directly with their customers across social media, their website, offline channels, and on Pour. Customers can order and pay through one web app, for table service or takeaway collection in any participating venue. No app download, no account required, just the food and drinks they came for. Says Ian Martin, Co-Founder of Pour: “We started Pour to simplify the consumer’s experience with online order and pay, bringing

ROOT OF MAGIC COFFEE HOUSE

110 Hope Street. G2 6PH www.therootofmagic.com The Root of magic is a family run coffee house and store with a passion for all things magic. Purveyors of Licensed Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merchandise they also cater for other magical creatures by selling The Hoxton Street Monster Supplies too. Great coffee and tea, delicious cakes and a warm, wood panelled café offer the perfect stop right next to Central Station. ST ENOCH 7 ST VINCENT PL

table and takeaway ordering together on to one platform that businesses of all sizes can afford to join. “The platform makes the ordering process contact free, but it’s the reduction in administration time, increase in rate of sale, and access to a broad marketing platform where the true value of Pour lies.”

Find out More Find out more about the platform by visiting www.pourit.co.uk or drop the team an email hello@pourit.co.uk or call on 0131 581 5343

FORE PLAY CRAZY GOLF

124 Portman Street. G41 1EJ www.foreplaycrazygolf.co.uk Fore Play Crazy Golf is the first of its kind in Scotland combining crazy golf, booze and the tastiest street food for the ultimate night out! The cousre has 9 Glasgow-inspired golf holes with well known landmarks dotted around that will bring out the social animal competitor in you! Its fun, its crazy and its a great night out! follow the link and get a tee time booked now! KINNING PARK

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Glasgow’s Mural Trail

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he street murals are helping to rejuvenate streets and revitalise buildings and vacant sites that look a bit tired, reincarnating them as beautiful pieces of public street art.

walking distance of the city centre. The huge range of artwork on display has something to suit all tastes - conservative to radical, quirky to bizarre.

The murals are also having a major impact on our city centre by creating splashes of colour which brighten up lanes and streets. This helps make them more inviting for locals and tourists alike to visit and supports local businesses.

Artists are encouraged to get involved in this Glasgow City Council initiative through application to the city centre Mural Fund.

Now Glasgow has created a Mural Trail featuring the diverse range of art within easy

Glasgow is proud of its local artists and their inspirational, colourful, installations Maps can also be downloaded via: www.glasgow.gov.uk/citycentremurals

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A message to Glasgow businesses from ...

Involving around 60 businesses, the GBRC has guided the Chamber on its approach to the most important In response the Government launched issues and continues to lobby both governments on issues including the the Job Retention Scheme and then need for a taskforce to address the The Chamber’s energies, as part of the extended it to October, as well as from specific needs of Glasgow city centre July allowing employees to work partwider British Chamber of Commerce and continued financial support for time and claim for the remainder of (BCC) network, have been directed towards securing a range of economic their working week. It also launched the sectors such as those in the night-time Self-Employed Income Support Scheme economy who have so far not been support measures from the UK allowed to re-open. providing similar levels of protection Government. At a general membership level, WeeG From the outset, the pandemic was an for the self-employed. Chat is a Chamber product designed Other successes include the incredibly challenging time for business to give members and non-members suspension of VAT, National Insurance and Glasgow Chamber and its fellow a virtual meeting platform, to grab and business rate payments for many Chambers took on the role of first a coffee and have an informal chat sectors until at least March 2021, responders for businesses. among peers on some issues that are and extended support for firms with The Chamber network shaped the impacting the business community. turnover of between £45m and £250m. UK Government’s plans via regular There is no right or wrong approach engagement with the Chancellor and Away from the UK big picture, to the topics discussed as it’s kept Glasgow Chamber formed the Glasgow the Business Secretary, asking the informal, and WeeG Chat is a chance Business Resilience Council (GBRC), Government to provide businesses to hear how other businesses are with funding to retain employees, made up of senior members from approaching this style of working all sectors who have met weekly to extend the date that furloughed during the crisis. throughout the crisis. employees must be on the payroll and lasgow Chamber of Commerce has been committed to supporting its members and the wider Glasgow business community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

a phased reopening of businesses and to provide income support for the selfemployed.

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Although most late night venues in the city remain closed due to Covid19 restrictions we still think it's good to share the places that will make your night come to life when they can re-open! f you feel like staying out late after Ientertainment dinner then Glasgow’s nightlife and venues will keep you going from early evening until early morning!

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The city offers visitors a fantastic variety of things to do once the sun goes down. The choice is vast. The city boasts some of Scotland’s best theatres and performing companies playing to packed houses at the Tron, Kings, Royal, Tramway or Citizen’s Theatres where there is an ever changing menu of great shows, plays, variety and panto. There are some great live music and concert venues, in fact too many to list, but its definitely worth checking what’s on in places such as the SECC, the Hydro Arena, Royal Concert Hall, City Halls, Barrowlands,

O2ABC and O2 Academy where some of the world’s top artists regularly perform. There are also lots of smaller, more intimate places all around the city where you can enjoy your night. The famous King Tuts Wah Wah Hut or Oran Mor both have an awesome reputation for great music while if the very best of stand up comedy takes your fancy then a night out at the Stand Comedy Club will leave you heading back to your hotel with a smile on your face. If loud, late and electric is more to your liking then glam up for a night out at one of the city’s many fabulous clubs such as the Arches, Sub Club, Nice N Sleazy or 13th Note where you can find music, dancing, cocktails and fun until the wee small hours.

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Glasgow by Night

Glasgow by night highlights ... Nightly entertainment in Glasgow is fast moving and vibrant. With so much on every night its difficult to know where to start! We have tried to suggest a range of great Glasgow venues that have been entertaining people successfully for years ranging from theatres to live music venues to cinemas to comedy to nightclubs. We hope you enjoy your night out!

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KING’S THEATRE

272a St Vincent Street G2 5RL 0141 221 5279 www.kingtuts.co.uk Also known simply as King Tuts, this is a live music venue ad bar renowned in Scotland as a showcase for new and emerging bands and as the venue that supported some of music’s biggest names at the start of their careers. BUJCHANAN ST 22 SCH OF ART 421 Sauchiehall Street. G2 3LG 0141 333 0900 www.nicensleazy.com Since 1991 Nice N Sleazy has been an ever present provider of nightly gigs and club nights including both local and touring acts. They don’t have TVs and don’t show football! BUCHANAN ST 23 THEATRES

SUB CLUB

22 Jamaica Street G1 4QD 0141 248 4600 www.subclub.co.uk Twenty six years of partying in the ‘dear green place’ that is Glasgow and the Sub Club still resides deep below ground playing to the best people in the city on the finest sound system in Scotland! ST ENOCH 1 RADISSON BLU

POLO LOUNGE

84 Wilson Street. G1 1UZ 0141 559 6593 www.pologlasgow.co.uk Polo lounge is officially Scotland’s biggest and most fabulous gay venue. It is a LBGTG+ inclusive safe space open to party seven nights a week.. BUCHANAN ST 1 GEORGE SQ

13TH NOTE

50-60 King Street G1 5QT 0141 553 1638 www.13thnote.co.uk A populr, independent music venue together with bar, vegetarian & vegan cafe with a great selection of wines and beers. Check the website to keep up-to-datr with what’s on and coming up soon. ST ENOCH 6 ST ANDREW’S SQ

TRAMWAY

25 Albert Drive G41 2PE 0141 276 0950 www.tramway.org Tramway is an internationl art-space which commissions, produces and presents contemporary arts projects. Tramway is a spece where you can witness, engage, experience, participate and learn.

119 Gorbals Street G5 9DS 0141 429 0022 www.citz.co.uk The Citizen’s Theatre is an iconic venue and theatre company based in the Gorbls area a short distance from the Merchant City. The Citizens is renowned for cutting edge production as well as educational and community work. BRIDGE ST 21 ST ANDREW’S SQ 297 Bath Street G2 4JN 0844 871 7648 www.atgtickets.com The King’s presents first class musicals, pantomime, drama, dance and comedy. BUCHANAN ST 21 CHARING CROSS

THEATRE ROYAL

282 Hope Street G2 3QA 0844 871 7647 www.atgtickets.com Theatre Royal presents a wide vaierty of drama, dance, comedy, opera, musical and children’s theatre. It is close to a range of city hotels within easy walkig distance of the theatre BUCHANAN ST 23 THEATRES

GLASGOW FILM THEATRE

12 Rose Street G3 6RB 0141 332 6535 www.glasgowfilm.org GFT is a year round screenning programme of classic cinema. It is also home to the Glasgow Film Festival, the fastest growing film event in the UK. It is a classic, charming cinema that appeals to all genres of filmgoers. BUCHANAN S 23 THEATRES

MANGO

373 Sauchiehall St. G2 3HU 07908 251200 www.mangolatino.co.uk A vibrant tropical Latin American inspired bar, restaurant and nightclub, Mango serves great food and drinks throughout the day and early evening before becoming a fantastically lively late night venue open until 3am at weekends. Perfect for relaxing and having fun late into the night. BUCHANAN ST 19 SAUCHIEHALL ST

ROYAL CONCERT HALL

auchiehall Street G2 3NY 0141 353 8000 www.glasgowconcerthalls.com The Royal Concert Hall plays host to some of the biggest names in music throughout the year including Celtic Connections and a host of traditional contemporary and popular music genres. BUCHANAN ST 24 R C HALL

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KING TUT’S WAH WAH HUT

333 Woodland’s Road G3 6NG 0844 335 8879 www.thestand.co.uk Converted out of the cellars of an old schoo, the Glasgow Stand is a Tardi-like venue whose unassuming exterior belies the explosion of colour and laughter inside! Tere’s a full icensed bar with drinks at pub, not club, prices. KELVINBRIDGE 21 CHARING X

TRON THEATRE

63 Trongate G1 5HB 0141 552 4267 www.tron.co.uk The Tron is one of Scotland’s leading mid-scale producing and preenting theatres. Housing three performance spaces as well as the Tron Bar & Kitchen, it is a vibrantcreative hub ST ENOCH 3 MERCHANT CITY

O2 ACADEMY

121 Eglington Street. G5 9NT 0141 332 2232 www.academymusicgroup.com The O2 Academy Glasgow (formerly the Carling Academy) is a vibrant and ever popular music venue just south of the river but close to the city centre. It holds 2500 people is is a great place to hear up and coming local bands in Glasgow. BRIDGE STREET

THE TIKKI BAR & KITSCH

214 Bath Street. G2 4HW 0141 332 1341 www.tikibarglasgow.com Peacock chairs, exotic cocktails and ceramic mugs in exuberant music loving Thai eatery and bar. Restaurant bookings now available but make sure you visit one of the best outside beer gardens in Glasgow - an exotic island haven in the city centre of Glasgow BUCHANAN ST 22 SCH OF ART

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Glasgow’s Merchant City

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lasgow Merchant City is a neighbourhood with its own identity located within the city centre area. Like many inner city areas throughout the world, the Merchant City has transformed itself from a former commercial trading area into the cool, chic haven of style that exists today. But it wasn’t always that way.

The Merchant City is one of the oldest quarters of Glasgow and has been the home to monks, merchants and merry makers for centuries. In medieval times orangeries and rose gardens once scented the air, but as the city developed this pretty little area is where the dog and bird markets, bowling greens and places of entertainment could be found. Throughout the eighties and nineties the Merchant City has been revitalised. Old warehouses became modern fashion houses;

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Artists colonised run-downworkshops and empty shop units; vacated merchants houses became hotels and restaurants while redundant churches have found new congregations in the theatre-going and music-loving audiences of the city; namely the Tron Theatre and St. Andrew’s in the Square.

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empty market buildings have been given new life as restaurants or bars and loft living and the birth of a strong and vibrant community arrived in style.

mix of stylish bars, boutique hotels, luxury apartments, restaurants, shops and artists galleries. And amongst it all there still survive a few hidden gems, such as the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall where Stan Laurel made his debut or the architectural splendour of the magnificent 18th century St. Andrew’s in the Square or the sublime City Halls and Old Fruitmarket. Whatever the content of these buildings the style and elegance of the architecture remains to be enjoyed by all.

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Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow is located in the heart of Glasgow’s historic Style Mile in the restored, renaissanceinspired Athenaeum Theatre. Established in 1893, this striking theatre has musical history of its own: originally a music school, it later became the home to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama. With historic musical memorabilia gracing every wall, Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow fits right into the historic charm of the area and honors the history of the Athenaeum Theatre.

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Glasgow’s Merchant City

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GLASGOW CATHEDRAL

Castle Street G4 0141 552 8198 www.glasgowcathedral.org.uk The present Cathedral building was consecrated in 1197. Since that same period the Cathedral has never been unroofed and it has been a working church for more that 800 years. The cathedral has a regular and active congregation and well worth a visit. BUCHANAN ST 2 GLAS CATHEDRAL

GLASGOW POLICE MUSEUM

30 Bell Street. G1 1LG 0141 552 1818 www.policemuseum.org.uk The Glasgow Police Historical Exhibition contains artefacts and exhibits giving an insight into the people and events which contributed to the founding, development and progress of Britain’s first Police force. ST ENOCH 4 MERCHANT CITY

CITY HALLS

Candleriggs G1 1NQ 0141 353 8000 www.glasgowconcerthalls.com This spectacular hall is the city’s oldest, but most loved, performance and meeting place and home to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. BUCHANAN ST 3 MERCHANT CITY

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METROPOLITAN

CITY MERCHANT

0141 552 9402 www.metropolitan-bar.com Award winning cocktail bar and Scottish a-la-carte restaurant, Metropolitan occupies a stunning location with Merchant Square where diners can experience a fantastic range of expertly made cocktails before choosing from the a varied, locally sourced menu. BUCHANAN ST 4 MERCHANT CITY

40 Wilson Street. G1 1HD. 0141 559 6799. www.citation-glasgow.com Citation is housed in the former landmark Sheriff Court building only a short walk from George Square. It offers a variety of classic and contemporary dishes to suit every palate. BUCHANAN ST 3 MERCHANT SQ 97-99 Candleriggs. G1 1NP 0141 553 1577 www.citymerchant.co.uk Known for its fresh seafood and game as well as aged beef and seasonal lamb, the City Merchant is a very popular place to dine ideally located in the heart of the Merchant City and directly across the street from the City Halls concert hall. BUCHANAN ST 4 MERCHANT CITY

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PAESANO PIZZA

94 Miller Street. G1 1DT 0141 258 5565. www.paesanopizza.co.uk Enjoy great pizza, artisan, wood fired in a funky and very busy city centre location. This is one of Glasgow’s busiest locations so be prepared to wait for a table. BUCHANAN ST 1 GEORGE SQ

Templeton Building. Glasgow Green. G40 1AW. 0141 550 0135 www.westbeer.com WEST Great for families, West brew its St.Mungo lager on the premises while serving a great range of simple, hearty and delicious food. ST ENOCH (30 min walk) 5 GLAS GREEN

TRON THEATRE

63 Trongate G1 5HB 0141 552 4267 www.tron.co.uk The Tron is one of Scotland’s leading mid-scale producing and preenting theatres. Housing three performance space as well as the Tron Bar & Kitchen, it is a vibrant and bustling creative hub ST ENOCH 3 MERCHANT CITY

OLD FRUITMARKET THEATRE

Candleriggs (entered via City Halls) G1 1NQ. 0141 353 8000 www.glasgowconcerthalls.com A stunning venue that used to be an old market, with a huge downstairs performance area. There is an upstairs balcony area as well as a café/bar. BUCHANAN ST 4 MERCHANT CITY

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AMORE

HUTCHESON’S

155 High Street. G1 1PH 0141 552 5789 www.facebook.com/MerchantChippieGlasgow/ The Merchant Chippie is a traditional fish & chip shop and fishmongers. All food is cooked to order meaning that you get the freshest fish, simply cooked and ready to enjoy at its best. BUCHANAN ST 4 MERCHANT CITY

30 Ingram Street. G1 1EZ 0141 553 0810 www.amoreglasgow.co.uk A fantastic, authentic Italian pizzeria & restaurant serving the finest fresh produce and beautifully prepared wood oven pizzas and wonderful pasta dishes. 4 MERCHANT CITY BUCHANAN ST

ST ANDREW’S IN THE SQUARE

62 Trongate. G1 5EP 07772 847311 www.botecodobrasil.com Glasgow’s little corner of Brasil. There is always a party going on at Boteco from live salsa to live sport and club nights. Really popular after show venue. Open late. ST ENOCH 3 MERCHANT SQ 158 Ingram Street. G1 1EJ 0141 552 4050 www.hutchesonsglasgow.com An award winning fine dining venue set in one of Glasgow’s iconic buildings this lovely restaurant serves the very best dry aged Scottish steak and fresh seafood in classic surroundings. BUCHANAN ST 1 GEORGE SQ

1 St. Andrew’s Street. G1 5PP 0141 559 5902 www.standrewsinthesquare.com Considered one of the finest classical church buildings in Britain and now home to Glasgow’s Centre for Scottish Culture. The venue plays host to many events as well as Scottish opera concerts and is home to Café Source. ST ENOCH 7 ST ANDREW SQ

BRITANNIA PANOPTICON MUSIC HALL

WILSON STREET PANTRY

ARISAIG

This cosy little cafe/pantry is a haven of good

113-117 Trongate G1 5HD 0141 553 0840 www.britanniapanopticon.org The world’s oldest surviving music hall! Founded in 1857 on The Trongate the Britannia is famed and still popular as a place of entertainment and amusement in the city. ST ENOCH 3 MERCHANT CITY

wholesome food and drink and is popular with local residents which makes it the perfect shout if you need a caffeine fix and some freshly baked sweet treats to keep you going. Lunch is always busy so get there early!. BUCHANAN ST 3 MERCHANT SQ

1 Merchant Square. G1 1LE 0141 553 1010 www.arisaigrestaurant.co.uk Arisaig specialises in modern Scottish dishes such as hot smoked salmon, Arbroath Smokies and fabulous game all served with the freshest, seasonal local accompaniments. BUCHANAN ST 4 MERCHANT CITY

KOOLBA

CAFÉ GANDOLFI

109 Candleriggs. G1 1NP 0141 552 2777 www.koolba.com Koolba combines the culinary styles of India and the Middle east to bring you an eclectic mix of exotic flavours produced using the finest locally sourced ingredients. Ideally located for pre or post concert dining. BUCHANAN ST 3 MERCHANT CITY

INGRAM WYND

58 Ingram Street. G1 1EX 0141 553 2470 www.ingramwynd.co.uk A glimpse of 19th century Glasgow awaits you at Ingram Wynd as well as a superb selection of menus that include spins on Scottish Classics such as lamb stovies or medallions of venison. There is also an outdoor terrace for al fresco dining! BUCHANAN ST 4 MERCHANT CITY

MHARSANTA BAR & RESTAURANT

26 Bell St, Glasgow G1 1LG 0141 552 9900 www.mharsanta.co.uk Mharsanta offers a wonderful selection of new and traditional Scottish dishes. Mharsanta (pronounced “Var-Santah) meaning Merchant in Gaelic has a passion for using seasonal produce from Scotland, the best ready for you to enjoy. ST ENOCH 3 MERCHANT CITY

ESCA

27 Chisholm Street (opp Tron Theatre) G1 5HA 0141 553 0880 www.esca-restaurant.co.uk Serving the Merchant City for over ten years, Esca was among the first to present rustic, authentic regional Italian cuisine to the area. Ever popular with locals and visitors, Esca is an ideal stop as its right across the street from the Tron Theatre. ST ENOCH 4 MERCHANT CITY

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THE MERCHANT CHIPPIE

GUYS

24 Candleriggs. G1 1TD 0141 552 1114 www.guysrestaurant.co.uk Before opening Guys, Guy Cowan cooked on location for the film industry and so brings a delightful mix of superb globally influenced dishes combining with local Scottish produce and an atmosphere of warm, friendly welcome. ST ENOCH 4 MERCHANT CITY

64 Albion Street. G1 1NY 0141 552 6813 www.cafegandolfi.com One of Glasgow’s best known and iconic dining places. Café Gandolfi has been delighting diners with its passionate promotion of Scottish produce especially sourced from the Highlands and Islands. BUCHANAN ST 3 MERCHANT SQ

SAPPORO

Ingram Street G1 1HA 0141 290 0973 www.sapporo.co.uk An exciting dining Japanese experience with food expertly prepared by entertaining Teppanyaki chefs who will dazzle you with their tricks while delivering mouth watering food to your plate. BUCHANAN ST 4 MERCHANT CITY

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GGlasgow’s West End

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lasgow’s West End district is only about two miles away from the city centre but a world away in terms of its unique character and style. On foot, by subway or bus easily accesses the area which is home to a fantastic and eclectic mixture of attractions, cafes, bars, famous restaurants, a world famous comedy club as well as some really lovely boutique shops.

Hunterian Museum, another important historical collection. Also within easy reach of the West End is the award winning Riverside Transport Museum with the awesome Titan Crane just a little further out towards Clydebank. If sightseeing on foot in the fresh air is more your thing then take the time to mingle within the cobbled lanes to enjoy the area’s Victorian

architecture or wander around the famous campus at Glasgow University. You may also take time to enjoy the wonderful Botanic Gardens, yet another gem within a few minutes walk of Byres Road. The West End provides a wonderful opportunity to escape from the city centre and still onlybe ten minutes away. Getting there is easy by subway or City Sightseeing bus.

From the bustling daily activity of Byres Road to hidden gems nestled down historic cobbled lanes, The West End is a “Must Visit” no matter how long your trip to Glasgow is for. The area is home to some of Glasgow’s most famous attractions. The stunning Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery houses some of Scotland’s most valued collections and is a short walk from the subway and is a stop for the City Sightseeing open top bus. Nearby is the

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GGlasgow’s West End

RIVERSIDE TRANSPORT MUSEUM

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100 Pointhouse Place G3 8RS 0141 287 2728 www.glasgowlife.org.uk A vast collections of Glasgow’s transport heritage assembled under one roof showcases the city’s important contribution to transportation through ship building, locomotive construction and car making. The museum can be accessed by foot from the West End. PARTICK 14 RIVERSIDE MUSEUM

TITAN CRANE

Queen’s Quay, Clydebank G81 1BF 0141 952 3771 www.titanclydebank.com Visit one of Scotland’s unique industrial attractions and imagine looking down on the Queen Mary or QE2 as thy were being built. A proud custodian of Glasgow’s shipbuilding past lives on. The museum is a short trip by train or bus from the West End.

KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY & MUSEUM Argyle Street G3 8AG 0141 276 9500 www.glasgowlife.org.uk Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is one of Scotland’s most popular free attractions. It has 22 themed, state-of=the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8,000 objects. The collections are extensive, wide-ranging and internationally significant. KELVIN HALL 18 KELVINGROVE

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isiting the West End is a great contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The West End has an altogether more relaxed atmosphere and life moves at a much more relaxed pace.

730 Great Western Rd G12 0UE 0141 276 1614 www.glasgowbotanicgardens.com Glasgow Botanic Gardens is an Arboretum and public park located close to Bhyres Road. It features several glasshourses, the most notable being the Kibble Palace. The gardens are popular for walking and picnics. HILLHEAD 17 BOTANIC GARDENS Photo courtesy of Glasgow Life

There are plenty of places where you can stop for coffee or grab lunch and if the weather is favourable lots of outside spaces where you can sit back and watch the world go by. The West End has some fabulous attractions, museums, boutique shops and a whole list of great restaurants and lively pubs. Have a look at some of our tips here, nearly all of which are within a short walk of either a subway station or sightseeing bus stop.

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LA LANTERNA WEST END

447 Great Western Road. G12 8Hh 0141 334 0686 www.lalanternawestend.co.uk La Lanterna West End opened in the Summer of 2017 and is the little brother of Glasgow’s oldest family run Italian restaurant.. Enjoy the La Lanterna warmth and authentic italian cooking . KELVINBRIDGE 14 GLASGOW UNI

CAIL BRUICH

725 Great Western Road G12 8QX 0141 334 6265 www.cailbruich.co.uk An award winning Scottish dining experience located close to the Botanic Gardens serving an inspired menu created around seasonality, freshness and the highest welfare standards, Cail Bruich has a well-earned reputation for fine food cooked with passion. KELVINBRIDGE 17 BOTANIC GRDS

THE PELICAN CAFE

1377 Argyle Street G3 8AF 0844 573 0670 www.thepelicancafe.co.uk The Pelican Cafe has gained a very strong following since opening. Serving excellent locally sourced beef, seafood and produce, the restaurant combines this with a great selection of excellent fairly priced wines. PARTICK 19 KELVINGROVE

NUMBER 16

28-32 Cathedral Square. G4 0XA 0141 552 3519 www.cathedralhouseglasgow.com Cathedral House is an iconic Glasgow landmark. Built in Scottish Baronial style in 1896, it is now a thoughtfully renovated boutique inn. Consisting of 8 unique bedrooms, The Green Room Café Bar and The Drawing Room – the stunning event space. A unique and truly memorable stay only 2 minutes from Glasgow cathedral and The Necropolis. 2

THE UBIQUITOUS CHIP

12 Ashton Lane G12 8SJ 0141 334 5007 www.ubiquitouschip.co.uk Four more than 40 years the Ubiquitous Chip has been d elighting diners with its stunning location and equally stunning food. Enjoy long established favourites as well as new creations while enjoying one of Scotland’s finest wine lists. HILLHEAD 18 BYRES ROAD

THE BOTHY

11 Ruthven Lane G12 9BG 0141 334 4040 www.bothyglasgow.com A West End institution famous for its kilted staff and well sourced ingredients which include North Sea scallops, and Stornoay black pudding as well as Ayrshire lamb. Mouthwatering menus and a location within yards of bustling Byres Road.. HILLHEAD 18 BYRES ROAD

STRAVAIGIN

16 Byres Road G11 5JY 0141 339 2544 www.number16.co.uk The award winning Number 16 is a cosy wellestablished neighbourhood restaurant located in the centre of the West End. Serving seasonal, locally sourced produce and bringing new ideas to traditionnal Scottish dishes, this is a restaurant well worth visiting during your stay. HILLHEAD 18 BYRES ROAD

28 Gibson Street G12 8NX 0141 334 2665 www.stravaigin.co.uk A hugely ppopular locl restaurant serving an impressive variety of dishes from around the world but with the common theme of using fresh Scottish ingredients locally sourced. Choose to dine either in the restaurant downstairs or the upstairs cafe/bar. KELVINBRIDGE 16 GLASGOW UNI

ORAN MOR

TWO FAT LADIES

Byres Road G12 8QX 0141 357 6200 www.oran-mor.co.uk Formerly Kelvinside Parish Church, Oran Mor, (the Great Song), now offers visitors two restaurants, live music, lounge and whisky bar as well as hosting the worldfamous “A Play, a Pie and a Pint” theatre. A great venue where you can relax and enjoy great entertainment.

88 Dumbarton FRoad G11 6NX 0141 339 1944 www.twofatladiesrestaurant.com A firm Glasgow favourite with locals and visitors alike, Two Fat Ladies has an enviable reputation as one of the city’s best seafood restaurants with influences from France, Italy and the Middle East. Always busy so booking ahead is advised. PARTICK 19 KELVINGROVE

HUNTERIAN MUSEUM & ART GALLERY

University Avenue G12 8QQ 0141 330 4221 www.gla.ac.uk Founded in 1807, the Hunterian is Scotland’s oldest public museum. The museum’s collections inc;ude scientific instruments used by James Watt, Joseph Lister and Lord Kelvin as well as outstanding Roman artefacts and other life science collections. HILLHEAD 16 GLASGOW UNI

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ATHENA GREEK TAVERNA

1116 Argyle Street G3 8TD 0141 339 3895 www.athenataverna.co.uk Locted very close to the West End at Finnieston and within walkung distance of Glasgow University. Athena provides authentic Greek dishes combining the freshest ingredients with old family recipes served in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. PARTICK 19 KELVINGROVE

LA VITA SPUNTINI

199-201 Byres Road G12 8TN 0141 339 4222 www.lavitapizzeria.co.uk Little brother to La Vita in the city centre, Spuntini creates a relaxed place where leisurely meals consisting of Bella Figura or Italian Tapas makes this an ideal family dining experience. HILLHEAD 19 BYRES ROAD

THE BUTCHERSHOP BAR & GRILL

1055 Sauchiehall Street G3 7UD 0141 339 2999 www.butchershopglasgow.com The Butchershop takes pride in serving only the finest grass fed beef, locally sourced and hung for between 21 & 35 days to ensure the finest, most succulent steak imaginable. PARTICK 1 KELVINGROVE

MASALA TWIST TIKKA TAPAS BAR

192-194 Byres Road G12 8SN 0141 339 3777 www.masalatwist.co.uk Authentic Indian cuisine with a Scottish twist. The chefs deliver classic Indian style dishes using the finest local ingredients. For a twist you can also enjoy rabbit or venison curry as well as pheasant tikka along with all the other well know selections. HILLHEAD 1 8 BYRES ROAD

CAFÉ ANDELUZ WEST END

2 Cresswell Lane G12 8AA Authentic Spanish tapas, paella and a hge range of Spanish wines and cocktails in a relaxed and bustling atmosphere. Cntrally located and a great family destination. HILLHEAD 18 BYRES ROAD

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Staying in Glasgow

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lasgow offers a wide choice ofnaccommodation for visitors ranging from luxurious to budget stopovers. You will find familiar names in the city as well as boutique hotels, b&bs and good quality hostels There really is something to suit most budgets. There is a wide choice of hotels within the city centre area itself and it is well worth staying central as you will be within walking distance of the sightseeing bus, subway and city centre shopping streets as well as evening entertainment and dining. Depending on budget you can choose from recognised global names such as Hilton, Radisson Blu or Marriot or opt for more affordable local, and equally welcoming names such as Carlton George, Jury’s Inn, Ibis or Premier Inn. By far the most affordable places are hostels such as Eurohostel or SYHA which offer a secure and fun atmosphere often for less than £20 per night. Wherever you choose to rest your head you can be certain of a warm welcome and high standard of service throughout the city.

HOLIDAY INN THEATRELAND

161 West Nile Street. G1 2RL Comfortable city centre hotel ideally located close to Queen Street Station, Buchanan Bus station and right next to all the top venues, theatres, cinemas and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Includes the award winning La Bonne Auberge French bistro. BUCHANAN ST 21 R/L CONCERT HALL

RADISSON RED

25 Tunnel Street. G3 8HL 0141 471 1700. www.radissonhotels.com A stunning new addition to the Glasgow skyline and located right next to the SEC and Hydro giving easy access to all the best things nearby including the Finnieston district. The hotel also has the now famous Sky Bar with stunning views down the river and western city. 11 RADISSON BLU

MOTEL ONE

78-82 Oswald Street. G1 4PL 0141 468 0450. www.motel-one.com 64 boutique rooms, a rooftop restaurant and exclusive executive lounge, the carlton George has a fantastic central location. ST ENOCH 10 RADISSON BLU

CARLTON GEORGE HOTEL

West George Street G2 1DH 0141 353 6373 64 boutique rooms, a rooftop restaurant and exclusive executive lounge, the carlton George has a fantastic central location. BUCHANAN ST 8 GEORGE SQ

ARGYLL HOTEL

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973 Sauchiehall St. G3 7TQ 0141 337 3313 www.argyllhotelglasgow.co.uk Argyll Hotel is a family owned and run 3 Star property providing comfortable and affordable accommodation in the city centre. The hotel is within easy distance of Central Station.

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Hope Street G2 6AE 0141 248 2489 www.arttohotel.com Individully designed rooms with crisp clean lines, soft woods and colourful throws that will help you to relax and unwind. ST ENOCH 10 RADISSON BLU

RADISSON BLU

Argyll Street G2 8DL 0141 204 3333 www.radissonblu.co.uk The 5 Star Radisson Blu has built an enviable reputation as one of Glasgow’s finest hotels with fantastic dining and relaxing bar areas. ST ENOCH 10 RADISSON BLU

IBIS HOTEL

West Regent Street G2 4DQ 0141 619 9000 www.ibis.com Ibis Glasgow is a budget hotel in a central areas with easy access to train stations and the restaurants abd nightlife of central Glasgow. BUCHANAN STREET 22 ART SCHOOL

MARRIOT HOTEL

Argyll Street G3 8RR 0141 226 5577 A long established luxury hotel located a short walk from city attractions, shopping and dining. Perfect for business or pleasure. ST ENOCH 11 HOTELS

CITIZEN M HOTEL

Renfrew Street G2 3BW 0141 404 9485 www.citizenm.com Ultra modern, fantastically trendy, the Citizen M is located jut a few steps away from theatres, shopping, sightseeing and dining. BUCHANAN ST 23 THEATRES

HOTEL INDIGO

Waterloo Street G2 7DA 0141 226 7700 www.hotelindigoglasgow.com Centrally located, thismodern, stylish hotel provides a great base for visitors travelling for business or pleasure. Close to Central Station and within an easy walk of city centre attractions, shopping and dining. ST ENOCH 11 HOTELS

JURY’S INN

Jamaica Street G1 4QG 0141 314 4800 www.jurysinns.com One of the most popular city centre hotels, Jury’s is close to Central Station and only a 10 minute walk from Queen Street. Close to city centre attractions, shopping and dining. ST ENOCH 10 RADISSON BLU

APEX HOTEL

Bath Street G2 2EN 0141 353 0800 www.apexhotels.co.uk Apex Hotel offers unique styling and personalised service in the heart of the city centre and, more precisely in Theatreland. BUCHANAN ST 22 ART SCHOOL

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GLASGOW HILTON

0141 204 5555 www.hiltonglasgow.co.uk One of Glasgow’s most stylish five star hotels including a Livingwell Health Club, pooland Ocean Rooms Spa. The hotel is within walking distance of the business district and close to all city centre amenities. ST ENOCH 11 HOTELS

PARK INN

West George Street G2 2JJ 0141 221 1211 www.parkinn.co.uk Ths new addition to the Glasgow hotel list iscentrally located close to the city centre and near to thebusiness distrcit. The hotel is within a short walk of all the main theatres, shops and restaurants in the city centre. BUCHANAN ST 9 ST VINCENT PL

MERCURE GLASGOW CITY

Ingram Street G1 1DQ 0844 815 9103 www.mercureglasgow.co.uk Sitting in a perfect central location the Mercure is within a short walk of the city centre, sightseeing bus, shopping and dining. BUCHANAN ST 1 GEORGE SQ

EUROHOSTEL

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ARTTO HOTEL

IN-HOUSE BREWERY WITH 25 ROTATIONAL DRAUGHT LINES 92 West George St | G2 1PJ | 0141 353 1654

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Clyde Street G1 4NR 0141 222 2828 www.euro-hostels.co.uk Offering cheap. clean, comfortable and fun accommodation right in the heart of the city, Eurohostel fills the gap between ‘backpacker hostel’. A fun place to stay. ST ENOCH 10 RADISSON BLU

SYHA

Park Circus G3 6BY 0141 332 3004 www.syha.org.uk Glasgow Youth Hostel offers spacious and comfortable accommodation perfect for groups, families and individuals. The hostel is 30 minutes walk from the city centre and is close to transport links. COWCADDENS 21 CHARING CROSS

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Glasgow Canal

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lasgow canal is an emerging destination in north Glasgow and a hub for innovation, creativity and regeneration. Stretching from Pinkston in Port Dundas to Firhill Basin in Maryhill, the canal is a hidden asset within Glasgow and it’s closer than you think – nestled just 10 minutes from the city centre. First built in the late 1700s to support the city’s bustling industry, the canal continues to develop and the area around it is now

home to a host of innovative business and organisations including a thriving creative and cultural quarter, cutting-edge sports facilities, fantastic places to eat and drink, and an urban nature reserve. Just a stone’s throw from Glasgow city centre, the canal boasts unforgettable views across the city. You can get to the canal on foot, on wheels, by subway at Cowcaddens Subway Station or the bus by alighting at Garscube Road.

GLASGOW CANAL CO-OP A close-knit community of businesses, organisations and individuals in north Glasgow have joined together to form Glasgow Canal Co-op and are working together to unlock the waterway’s potential as a vibrant place for people to live, work and visit. North Glasgow has a set of unique assets, including its urban heritage, outdoor space and wildlife, artistic talent and

GLASGOW WAKEPARK

G4 9XP T. 07415 787260 www.glasgowwakepark.com Come and try your hand at wakeboarding on the canal! Based at Pinkston Watersports, we offer a system 2.0 wakeboard park which allows the wakeboarder to ride continuously, turning at each end of the canal basin. To challenge you we have four obstacles in the water for trying out varying levels of tricks. Whether you are trying wakeboarding for the first time or are perfecting your latest trick we offer the ideal environment in an urban location. We are open from March to October.

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sporting destinations, which paired with the thriving organisations and brilliant people based there, make it an area with much to celebrate. The Co-op members are connected by a pioneering spirit and the canal’s fascinating heritage and are helping shape how this part of the city should develop and grow

NAVVIES’ BARGE

Navvies’ Barge is a social enterprise canal boat moored at Applecross Basin. The barge runs boat trips along Glasgow’s stretch of the canal and hosts a café and a variety of workshops, making the waterway more accessible to people in the local community. Customers can enjoy a day out on the barge, make themselves at home on-board with a buffet and relax their way along the canal. The barge is also shared with community groups in order to open up the canal and the benefits of time on the water with as many people as possible. Established as a workers’ co-operative, Navvies’ Barge pays tribute to the workers who made the canal – the navvies. The social enterprise aims to empower people in their work and remind them of the power of worker solidarity.

GLASGOW TOOL LIBRARY

Glasgow Tool Library is a charity located at Civic House which lends and share tools, instead of books. They also hold classes, workshops and events that teach a range of craft, DIY and sustainability skills and knowledge. Glasgow Tool Library collects donations of tools from those that no longer use them, repairs and cares for them, and saves them from going to landfill. Creating a community resource not only reduces your carbon footprint, it also saves people money. From supporting practical DIY, gardening and home improvements, to furniture making and artistic projects, Glasgow Tool Library will provide the tools you need.

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PINKSTON WATERSPORTS

G4 9XP T. 0141 332 5636 www.pinkston.co.uk Pinkston Watersports is a community paddlesports centre with Scotland’s only artificial whitewater course, offering unique urban watersports facilities in an urban setting. You can take part in paddlesport classes, community activities, team building and even host a birthday birthday. Whether it’s rafting, kayaking, canoeing or stand up paddleboarding you’re into, Pinkston’s the place for you.

GLASGOW SCULPTURE STUDIOS

Experience Glasgow canal’s creative side with a trip to Glasgow Sculpture Studios. Their sculpture courses have been developed to support all levels of ability and experience – no prior experience is required and beginners are very welcome. From metalwork to mould-making, their programme aims to introduce you to new ways of thinking, making, and doing, while creating space for you to bring your own thoughts, ideas, and interests to each session. Build on your existing skills and discover new ones you didn’t know you had.

OCHO CAFE

8 Speirs Wharf, G4 9TB 0141 332 6229 www.ochoglasgow.co.uk Situated on the banks of Speirs Wharf, in a corner of the original 1851 heritage building, lies Ocho Cafe. A fully licensed brunch, lunch and cocktail venue, Ocho Cafe offers only the freshest daily delivered ingredients from local suppliers, with every dish entirely home made. A fully licensed brunch, lunch and cocktail venue, Ocho Cafe is just a short walk from the city centre yet has an aura of escaping it all.

WALK OR WHEEL THE CANAL

The canal is the perfect place for a walk, run or cycle and is a gateway to an exciting network of cycle paths and routes within Glasgow and that stretch all the way to Loch Lomond. Whether you’re looking for a green way to get to work, or to enjoy some time stretching your legs along the water’s edge – you can do it via Glasgow’s canal.

HAMILTONHILL CLAYPITS LOCAL NATURE RESERVE

Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve is an urban oasis, just a mile from Glasgow city centre. An inner-city parkland, the Claypits is a 950 hectare greenspace, home to an array of plants, trees and wildlife including roe deer, peregrine falcons, whitethroat warblers and a host of waterfowl. Originally the home of a clay quarry used when the Forth and Clyde Canal was first built in the late 1700s, it was also the site of a foundry, glassworks and boat-building yard. The Claypits is currently closed for essential improvement works, but the group run regular nature walks along the canal.time stretching your legs along the water’s edge – you can do it via Glasgow’s canal.

THE LOADING BAY SKATEPARK

G4 9XE www.theloadingbayglasgow.com Glasgow’s first and only indoor skatepark, The Loading Bay is the latest addition to north Glasgow’s alternative urban sports playground. The 30,000 sq ft space features a street plaza, a 60ft long bowl, movable modular ramps and training room with trampolines, gymnastics flooring and foam pits and a café. The Loading Bay is the result of a collaboration between internationally acclaimed skate ramp company Vision Ramps, whose past collaborators include Red Bull and the team behind the new James Bond movie, and Scottish Canals. It is fast becoming a favourite spot for pros and beginners alike.

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West Highland Line

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he world famous West Highland Line with its quaint Swiss chalet stations was voted the World’s Best Railway Journey by readers of the Wanderlust travel magazine ... and not without reason.

The World’s best train journey

The route from Glasgow to Mallaig and Fortwilliam snakes its way through stunning countryside and across breathtaking ravines spanned by stunning concrete structures which were record breaking and revolutionary when they were built. Borrodale Burn bridge became the world’s longest concrete span at 127 feet, and Glenfinnan Viaduct was a huge structure in concrete at 416 yards long with 21 arches. This historic route combines the romance of the Scottish Highlands with the breathtaking beauty of the rural countryside and adds a little bit of Harry Potter magic along the way. This is one train journey you will never forget whether you travel on newly-refurbished, regular ScotRail trains or the Jacobite Steam Train

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rom Glasgow Queen Street station the train travels uphill towards the Kilpatrick hills, providing impressive views of the Erskine Bridge and down the Clyde Estuary towards the Firth of Clyde. Pass through the small villages and towns on the Clyde – such as Bowling, Dumbarton (with its celebrated castle), Cardross (where Robert the Bruce lived) and Garelochhead – you will be treated to your first glimpse of the ‘Arrochar Alps’. At Garelochhead station you get stunning panoramic views of the Gare Loch, with Loch Long just starting to come into view. The jetty below is Finnart deep-water terminal, built by the US Navy during the Second World

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War. Tankers discharge their oil here to be pumped by pipeline to Grangemouth, 60 miles away to the east.

& Tarbet station, the world-renowned bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond appear on the right.

Approaching Arrochar, look left for great views of the celebrated ‘Arrochar Alps’, including such craggy peaks as the Beinn Narnain, Beinn Ime and the well-loved Cobbler. Shortly after departing Arrochar

Across the loch, dominated by the towering presence of Ben Lomond, this area was once home to Rob Roy MacGregor, legendary warrior, robber and folk hero. He used to question captives in a nearby cave – and wasn’t averse to dipping them in the loch to extract information! Enjoy the magnificent scenery surrounding Loch Lomond before arriving in Crianlarich. Here the train line divides, with the western route turning towards Oban, and the north continuing up to Fort William and Mallaig.

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Crianlarich to Fort William/ Mallaig

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ust beyond Upper Tyndrum, the northbound fork of the West Highland Line navigates the massive sentinels of Beinn Odhar and Beinn Dorain in the unique Horseshoe Curve. Next stop is Bridge of Orchy - well known to walkers and climbers alike as a landmark hamlet on the West Highland Way – where nearby you’ll find the ruin of Achallader Castle. Passing Loch Tulla on the left, the line starts to cross the wild Rannoch Moor, a vast wilderness, where the railway ‘floats’ on top of the moor on a mattress of tree roots, brushwood, earth and ashes. Arriving at Corrour, you are now 1350 feet above sea level - the highest mainline station in the UK. The station is one of the most remote in Britain (the nearest road is 10 miles away) and is also famous for appearing in the hit film ‘Trainspotting’ (and the sequel) starring Ewan McGregor. After passing through Tulloch and shortly before arriving in Roy Bridge, look out for the foaming waters of Monessie Gorge on the left. Once you have passed through Spean Bridge, just before the train pulls into Fort William, the massive bulk of the Nevis Range comes into full view. At just over 4,400ft, Ben Nevis is not only

Britain’s highest mountain but covers a huge land area with a base circumference of 24 miles. From Fort William you’ll soon be heading off on the final section of the Line, en route to Mallaig. Almost as soon as your journey begins the line crosses part of the Caledonian Canal, Britain’s longest inland waterway, which links Fort William with Inverness. To the right is Neptune’s Staircase, a series of eight canal locks. The curve of the 100ft-high Glenfinnan Viaduct sweeps you past the head of Loch Shiel and the monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie, marking where he landed and unfurled his standard in 1745 to start the Jacobite Rebellion. After passing through the beautiful lochs and hills surrounding Lochailort and Beasdale, you arrive in Arisaig – a popular tourist spot with

due to its spectacular views over Loch Nan Ceall where you can see the islands of Rum and Eigg. Less than 10 minutes later you’ll see the spectacular silver sands of Morar, made famous in the 1983 film ‘Local Hero’ starring Burt Lancaster and Peter Capaldi. You’ll also cross Scotland’s shortest river, which runs out of our deepest loch - Loch Morar. As you approach Mallaig take in the breathtaking jagged peaks of Skye.

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West Highland Line

Crianlarich to Oban

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he Oban line passes through Tyndrum Lower and takes you through beautiful Glen Lochy to Dalmally; and just beyond stands the ruin of Kilchurn Castle, ancient stronghold of Clan Campbell.

Around the head of Loch Awe is the Pass of Brander, which skirts the towering bulk of Ben Cruachan – the Hollow Mountain – which conceals a fascinating secret; the mountain caverns house an innovative hydro power scheme inside. To the left is the River Awe, setting for Sir Walter Scott’s romance ‘The Highland Widow’. Nearing Oban now and approaching Connel Ferry, you can see the Falls of Lora, a tidal race at the narrow entrance to Loch Etive. This natural occurrence, caused by a fast-moving tide, produces white rapids that can last for up to five days. Your final stop on this section of the Line, Oban, is a popular tourist destination, well-known for its many seafood restaurants.

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