Glasgow is such a spectacular city, being the largest in Scotland and one of the top five largest in the UK. Like its friendly neighbour Edinburgh, Glasgow is steeped in an ancient and long-living history that you can immerse yourself within. Take a look at some of my favourite things to do while you visit one of Scotland’s most vibrant city.

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1.) Discover the narrow lanes of the Westend

Glasgow’s Westend is full of quaint narrow lanes, little shops and pretty, historic buildings. Ideal to get lost in for an afternoon. Don’t forget your camera 🙂

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2.) Go to the Lighthouse for a stunning view from above

There’s a lighthouse in the middle of town, and it’s filled with art. For a really delicious bite to eat, grab a lunch at ‘Doocot’ on the fifth floor – stunning view over Glasgow guaranteed.

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3.) Go to at least one concert

Glasgow has an incredibly high density of music venues, putting together more than 130 shows per week. No wonder it was named UNESCO City of Music in 2008. 

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4.) Feel the art surrounding you

Street art feels at home in Glasgow, just like some outstanding museums. Definitely don’t miss Kelvingrove Museum – the building itself is already amazing.

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5.) Sample food from all over the world

With over 1,800 restaurants and cafés, one can’t go hungry for long. Additionally, chefs from literally all over the world are at the pots in Glasgow, so pick your favourite for the night and eat away. Alternatively, head to Glasgow in January and take part in your very own ‘Burns Night Supper’.

Alternatively, let your tastebuds take an exciting culinary tour with some (in)famous Scottish fried Mars Bars. I have yet plucked up the courage to try one – have you? Are they good?

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6.) Get tipsy on whiskey, ale and craft beer

You’re in Scotland, so it’s true to say that whiskey is never far away. Glasgow has a vibrant bar scene which offers all sorts of excellent whiskeys, smooth ales and innovative craft beers. Definitely plan at least one big night out and enjoy some of scotlands finest malts.

The ‘Pot Still’ is one of the best places to try a range of Scottish Whiskies, with literally hundreds to choose from, you cant go wrong!

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7.) Attend one of the amazing festivals

There’s a number of festivals covering many different topics. From queer art to the World Pipe Championships, Glasgow caters to all crowds. Check for local listings while in Glasgow and see some of the best Glasgow has to offer. 

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8.) Bring some cash to the Barras

Situated in the East End of Glasgow, The Barras (Scottish for the Barrows) is a refreshingly different market with prices so cheap it’s almost a steal. From fruit and veges to kilts, antiques and books you can find almost anything there.

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9.) Relax in the nature

Glasgow is green, very green actually. There’s beautiful parks, lots of trees and the Kelvin walkway, a lush and quiet oasis that lets you forget you’re still in the city.

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10.) Expand your trip out of town

After you explored every last corner of the city, head out to the countryside. If you’re a mountain biker or enjoy hiking, you don’t have to go far – Glasgow is surrounded by mountains and lochs with trails and secret spots just waiting to be discovered. Head to Loch Lomond, which sits on the ‘Highland Boundary Fault’ to see dramatic differences in the natural landscape. 

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11.) Join A Santa Dash

Each year, visitors and Glaswegians alike have an opportunity to join one of the cities most amazing charity events, ‘Santa Dash’. This event consists of thousands upon thousands of Father Christmas’s running around Glasgow – why not get into the spirit, join in and raise money for charity too.

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Want to visit Edinburgh? Read more on what to do while you are there…


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  • Sigh! Such a prett country! Hoping I could visit it someday.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Scotland is such a beautiful country to visit. So glad you like it too!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • MissLilly

    Actually I have to admit that Glasgow surprised me a lot! I was only there for a few hours, but I’ve really enjoyed it. Need to be back again to explore a bit better

    • HandLuggageOnly

      I know what you mean. I was so surprised at how great the city is. There are so many amazing places to see and experience to have. So glad you like them too! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • I wish I had maximized my time in Glasgow. I did absolutely nothing!!! 🙁

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Hehehe! Always a next time. WITH US … 😉

  • Claire

    A fried mars bar is a glorious thing – but share with a friend because if you can finish a whole one without being sick, you’re a better person than I am!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      hahaha! good call! I’m determined to finish a whole one on our next trip to the city!

      Lloyd x

  • almost went to Glasgow this weekend, but then decided not too because of the gloomy weather…
    Loch Lomond is gorgeous, I spent a couple of days there a year ago!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Wow. Amazing! Did you travel around Scotland? It sounds like you had an amazing time!

      Lloyd x

  • When I went to Scotland, I was in Glasgow for two days I think (something unexpected happened and we had to go back to Edimburgh, my favorite author was going to be there so I HAD TO BE THERE). Anyway, I loved it. What I remember most is the Cathedral and the cemetery, what a beautiful cemetery! I need to go back.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Oh yes definitely, it really is a great place Natalie. Totally glad that you love it too! 🙂

      Lloyd x

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