A Guide to Glasgow and Beyond

Glasgow is a lively city which offers plenty to see and do both day and night. The city is well-known for its ‘Style Mile’, stimulating museums and galleries, award winning restaurants, stylish bars, and vibrant live music scene.

City map and Activities

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Shopping 

Glasgow City Centre offers various shopping malls and department stores including Buchanan Galleries, Buchanan Quarter, Princes Square, St Enoch Center, and House of Fraser. In the West End of Glasgow, quirky vintage shops and independent retailers can be found.

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Museums and Galleries 

Glasgow boasts 20 world-class museums and art galleries, all of which are free to access. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum provides guests with an opportunity to view classic art works, as well as impressive displays of fossils and ancient artefacts.  A range of the renowned Art Nouveau pioneer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work can be viewed across the City, including:  The LighthouseMackintosh House, and  Scotland Street School.

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Restaurants

Glasgow’s food scene is eclectic, heavily influenced by Scottish heritage and by the various cultures of people who call Glasgow home.

Recommendations:

West End (near to conference)

Stravaigin
Ubiquitous Chip
Ox and Finch
Hanoi Bike Shop
Balbir’s Restaurant

City Centre (near to Drinks Reception at the City Chambers)
The Anchor Line
Hutchesons
Iberica
Mono

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Night Life

The city is experiencing a boom in the popularity of craft beer with bars and breweries such as BrewDog, Drygate Brewery, and The Shilling Brewing Co.  providing unique and interesting flavors. The West End’s quaint Ashton Lane is also home to a number of fantastic bars and pubs in a relaxed setting.

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Beyond Glasgow 

Glasgow benefits from being within easy reach of stunning scenery. Trains run from Glasgow Central to Balloch where you can enjoy the Lomond Shores shops, take a cruise on the Loch with Sweeney’s, or walk along the shores following the West Highland Way, the famous 154km walk from Milngavie north of Glasgow to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.

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Glengoyne Distillery is a whiskey distillery continuously in operation since its founding in 1833 at Dumgoyne, north of Glasgow, Scotland. Glengoyne is unique in producing Highland single malt whiskey matured in the Lowlands. There is a direct bus service from Glasgow to Glengoyne. The no.10A bus (Destination Balfron) departs from Buchanan Bus Station in the center of Glasgow and stops at the gates of Glengoyne.

You can find a selection of trips and tours of various beautiful locations around Scotland here.