Glasgow School of Art   About Glasgow and Scotland


Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery in Western Europe, made famous down the years in verse and song. Today, the city has emerged as the cultural, commercial and convention capital of Scotland.

The finest specimen of Victorian architecture in Europe according to the late poet laureate Sir John Betjeman, the city made ships and gigantic locomotives and powerful machines. But most of all, it made friends.

Glasgow’s ability to marry tradition and innovation coupled with its advantageous associations with Europe and North America make it the ideal location for national and international events, large or small.

With award winning museums, fabulous shopping and restaurants that allow you to eat in a different country every night, it has become the number one tourist destination in Scotland.

Daniel Defoe's 'beautifullest little city' has been lovingly restored. This is the city of Victorian opulence and Mackintosh austerity with everything from Georgian and Regency elegance thrown in for good measure. Here too is the cultural heart of Scotland en fete 52 weeks of the year. Here you will find a mixture of the Great Indoors and the Great Outdoors to suit every taste. Live theatre, a packed concert programme international sporting events, pop festivals, arts festivals, shopping festivals-from international designer houses to souvenir shops. Hardly surprising that the readers of Conde Nast Traveller voted Glasgow - Best UK City 1998.

The world has been meeting in Glasgow for over a hundred years. In 1888 eleven million visitors attended the International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art. Nine million visitors came to the Glasgow International Exhibition of 1901 and the Empire Exhibition of 1938 attracted over thirteen million visitors.

The tradition has continued with the city hosting the National Garden Festival in 1988, the Cultural Capital of Europe in 1990 and the UK City of Architecture and Design 1999.

SeeGlasgow Video
Windows Media Player Video of Glasgow (248Kb/s - 8.21MB)


Take time out from busy meetings to sample the magic of Scotland. Recreation of the mind and refreshment for the spirit. The mystery of mountains and glens. Dark lochs and mile upon mile of unspoilt coastline. Just one visit and the spell is cast.

Sense the history as you explore the medieval castles and battlegrounds, the splendid baronial towers or the lavish Victorian hunting lodges and stately homes.

Sample the cuisine that has made Scotland internationally renowned. Fresh seafood, superb game and beef. And sample that other spirit of refreshment that began life in the highland burn and grew to maturity as a fine malt whisky in the ancient distillery.

For the more energetic there are superb sailing waters and world famous salmon and trout rivers. And of course, there is golf. The championship courses at Turnberry, Gleneagles, Royal Troon and St. Andrews are the envy of the world and within easy reach.

Text,video and most images on this page used courtesy of Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley Tourist Board Convention Bureau .

River Clyde
Rodin's "The Thinker" at The Burrell Collection
Buchanan St
Willow Tea Room
Salvador Dali's "Christ of Saint John of the Cross" at the St Mungo Museum Of Religious Life And Art
Cloch Lighthouse & Clyde Estuary
Loch Lomond Shores
Dromochter Pass
Scarista Beach Harris
Golf in Inverclyde

Pages edited by Mark Dunlop -- University of Strathclyde 2004