I might be a little biased since it’s the nearest city to my countryside village home here in Scotland but I believe Glasgow is a truly underrated city. It’s all too often left forgotten and in the shadow of it’s prettier neighbour, Edinburgh, and I think people who don’t visit Glasgow are truly missing out.

There’s so much to love about Glasgow and after 24 years living just outside the city I thought I’d share my favourites with you…

The people – I’m a firm believer that Glasgow people are some of the friendliest in the world. It’s no surprise to walk down the street, smile and say hi to a perfect stranger. We like to start up conversations when waiting in queues for, well, anything. We’re a friendly bunch.

The banter – Glasgow banter is second to none. Sure, if you’re not from here you might not understand much of it but just know that we’re absolutely hilarious. Fact.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – Glasgow has more free museums than most places and Kelvingrove is a great example. It’s filled with works by the likes of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Monet, Picasso and Rembrandt.

The University of Glasgow – I may be slightly biased since I studied here, but The University of Glasgow is drop dead gorgeous. It looks a little like Hogworts and the Gothic architecture is incredible. Take a wander round the university grounds and you’ll probably find yourself looking for Harry, Hermione and the gang.


The University of Glasgow                               (Image source)

Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or – This is one of my favourite restaurants in the world and definitely my favourite in Glasgow. Someone give him a Michelin star already!

The Botanic Gardens – Glasgow means ‘dear green place’ in Gaelic and the city is full of pretty parks and gardens. The Botanic Gardens are smack bang in the heart of the trendy West End and they’re so beautiful to take a walk around and enjoy some peace in the middle of the city.


Serenity at The Botanic Garden

The river – Running right through the middle of the city is the River Clyde. It’s a pretty magnificent river and there’s even some songs about it.

The squinty bridge – aka the Clyde Arc (but nobody calls it that). Squinty is a Scottish slang word for crooked or uneven and the squinty bridge is pretty magnificent.

The music scene – Glasgow is famous for it’s incredible music scene and there’s a tonne of live music on pretty much every single night in the city. Take your pick.

Ashton Lane – this cobblestone lane is one of the trendiest streets in the city and is lined with cool bars and restaurants and twinkles under fairy lights at night.


Byres Road is so pretty

Byres Road – Byres Road cuts through the West End of the city and is lined with cool shops, bars and cafes. It’s also an excellent spot for indulging in some people watching.

It’s cheap – compared to lots of other cities in the UK Glasgow is pretty cheap. Drinks are cheap, food is cheap, and if you’ve ever paid London prices on anything you’ll appreciate it even more!

Sauchiehall Street – This is one of the main streets in the city and if you’re going for a night out in Glasgow you’ll more than likely end up in one of the bars or clubs on this street.

It’s got character – Admittedly Edinburgh is a far prettier city than Glasgow however, Glasgow has so much more character to it. It was previously a heavily industrial city and

The Duke of Wellington – A statue of The Duke of Wellington atop a horse has been standing outside the Gallery of Modern Art since 1844. In recent years a traffic cone has been placed on top of his head and every time it’s removed someone replaces it. I’ve never actually seen him without his cone hat!


The Duke of Wellington just chillin’ (Image source)

Amazing Indian food – Glasgow is well known for being one of the curry capitals of the UK and there are some great Indian restaurants in the city. My particular favourite is Green Chilli Cafe in the recently trendy area of Finnieston which serves up delicious tapas style dishes.  

The architecture – Glasgow has quite a distinct style of architecture and  is particularly noted for its 19th-century Victorian architecture, and the early-20th-century “Glasgow Style”, which was developed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. If you want to see some buildings designed by Mackintosh check out  Glasgow School of Art, Willow Tearooms and the Scotland Street School. 

Proximity to Loch Lomond – Glasgow is so close to one of my favourite places in Scotland – Loch Lomond. It’s only a 30 minute drive from the city centre and it’s the perfect getaway from the buzz of the city.


Who wouldn’t want to escape to Loch Lomond?

You can drink in an old church – I’m not religious at all but a converted church that I can go drinking in is my idea of heaven! Formerly Kelvinside Parish Church, Òran Mór is now a buzzing centre for nightlife in the West End. It’s even got a nightclub inside! 

It’s home – no matter how many countries I go to and how many new places I fall in love with Glasgow will always feel like home. There’s so many things I love about the city and it’s a place I feel so comfortable in.

 Have you been to Glasgow before? What do you love about this city?