I’m fiercely passionate about my home city, Glasgow. I’ve lived just outside the city for my entire life and have always loved it.

I never fail to be disappointed when speaking to someone while I’m travelling who tells me they’ve visited Scotland, but only been to Edinburgh. Sure, Edinburgh is beautiful, but to overlook Glasgow is to do the city a disservice.

Read more about why I think visitors to Scotland shouldn’t just head to Edinburgh here

So, just why is Glasgow so special to me?

The West End

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The first place I take a visitor from out of town is the West End of the city. It has charming side streets with tiny shops, delicious restaurants and vibrant and bustling bars. It’s pretty much the perfect introduction to the city.

This is the area where I went to university (The University of Glasgow) and I’ve loved it since those days. The area is full of students, which gives it a fun and lively feel.

Locals know to skip the chain bars and restaurants of the city centre and check out the West End or Finneston instead. The restuarants and bars here are quirkier and have much more character than the city centre bars, which are mostly owned by the same large company and consequently can be very similar.

Parks 

Glasgow’s name actually translates to ‘dear Green place’, which is apt as there are 90 public parks and gardens across the city.

For complete quiet, I can hide away in Kelvingrove Park. It has Victorian grandeur with fabulous statues and a grand staircase and offers complete peace from the hectic pace of city life.

In the fall you should take a walk through Kelvingrove park and enjoy the yellows, oranges and reds of the changing leaves as they fall from the trees and create a beautiful multi-coloured carpet for you to walk on.

Insta-worthy backdrops

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If you’re visiting Glasgow and wondering where you can get the best shots for your Insta-grid, then there are plenty of places. The city is incredibly photogenic and has great architecture, gorgeous streets and plenty of raw, real places to shoot images.

This includes Glasgow University’s imposing Gothic features and the cobbled streets of the West End. The best vantage point can be found at the Science Centre Tower. The world’s first 360° turning tower which offers stunning panoramic views of the whole city.

Great (free!) museums

Glasgow is full of incredible museums and galleries. Most of these are absolutely free, so that everyone is able to share in the joy and knowledge that they hold.

My favourite museum is Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. With over 8000 exhibits it contains everything from beautiful pieces of art to a real spitfire and best of all? It’s completely free.

Friendly people 

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Glaswegians are typically open, warm and friendly. They’re overwhelmingly welcoming, especially to visitors. We also have a great sense of humour and will talk to just about anyone. 

Friendly people can make all the difference to a trip, as I’ve found out many times. Friendly people can be the difference between loving a place and hating it.

Events

There are SO many events that take place in Glasgow.

There are major events, like the Celtic Connections Music Festival and Glasgow Film Festival. There’s a comedy festival, a coffee festival and the wonderful West End Festival. There are live music festivals, the annual Aye Write! Book Festival and an International Pipe Band Championships.

As well as these large events there are dozens of smaller events and there’s always live music being played somewhere in the city.

No matter when you visit Glasgow, there’s bound to be something fun happening!

Great food 

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The Big Feed, Glasgow


When you think of Scottish food, the first thing that probably comes to mind is haggis. But, there’s so much more the foodie scene in Glasgow and Scotland in general!

There’s a really strong foodie scene in Glasgow and there are so many great restaurants to try out. You’ll find all different types of cuisines and restaurants to suit every budget dotted across the city. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’re bound to find it.

Aside from amazing restaurants, there are also several food events on regularly in the city. I love the Big Feed events – a cool street food style event that happens in a transformed warehouse in Govan. It’s the type of thing that you need to go to in order to fully appreciate how fantastic it is. Another great street food style event is the Dockyard Social, which is so popular it’s set to become a permanent fixture in the city.

Have you visited the city and love Glasgow too?