Vibrant Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, buzzes on the grayest of days. Its welcoming pubs, electrifying live-music scene, cutting-edge art galleries and trendy shops are among Europe’s best, but it’s the Glaswegians themselves who keep the city’s heart beating. So grab a pint, catch a band and enjoy the camaraderie.
Set off on the Mackintosh Trail to view the city’s best-loved art and architecture, and marvel at the River Clyde’s contrasting futuristic skyline. Shop on popular Sauchiehall Street or head for Merchant City’s classy boutiques. The atmospheric West End boasts cafes, delis and cobbled Ashton Lane, with its twinkling fairy lights. Nearby Kelvingrove Park is great for kids, and Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is both fascinating and free.
Catch a Rangers or Celtic soccer match at Ibrox or Celtic Park, or avoid that fierce rivalry and check out Glasgow’s third team, Partick Thistle. Explore the surrounding West Highlands by touring lochs, castles and scenic mountains, before warming up with a wee dram o’ whisky at a local distillery.