Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley...

the friendly destination, everything from city chic to rural charms...
Scotland’s biggest city – a city of culture – and one of Europe’s most exciting and energetic destinations - a true European city of the arts, of architectural elegance and of education with an eclectic atmosphere, chic shopping, excellent restaurants, theatres and all the nightlife you could wish for! 21st century Glasgow is now very much an international city with an exciting eclectic atmosphere especially in the huge range of restaurants, bistros and pavement cafes many of which lie in close proximity to its shopping centres – from magnificent malls of Princes Square and Buchanan Galleries to the ultra-chic of the Merchant City. This is seriously good shopping, some of the very best in Britain. Then there are the pubs – the old and traditional, the themed bars and the funky – and the theatres, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Kings, Theatre Royal, Citizens’, Mitchell and Tron and the comedy, music and dance clubs offering a highly impressive array of evening entertainment options all year round. The River Clyde not only spawned the great streets of Glasgow, it was also gave rise to a number of other towns and villages along its length all involved with either heavy industry or shipbuilding – or both.

Paisley was built around its magnificent 12th century Abbey and for many years was at the centre of the textile industry in the UK the Paisley Pattern is well known - it is now an influential University town. The Royal Burgh of Lanark was the site of Scotland’s first parliament in 978. The World Heritage Village New Lanark was founded in 1785 to harness the power of the River Clyde for cotton production. Robert Owen’s 19th century revolutionary “new town” is tastefully preserved in its spectacular riverside setting near the Falls of Clyde. The equally ancient Royal Burgh of Biggar boasts 5 museums, an enchanting Victorian puppet theatre and Scotland’s only surviving gasworks which is now preserved as a museum.