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Be Glad You Went to Glasgow
You’ll be glad you went to Glasgow.
Occasionally in the shadow of its big sister, Edinburgh, Glasgow is
packed with all the ingredients to make a fabulous holiday.
The legacy of being an outstanding European city certainly lives on. In
1999, Glasgow was awarded the title of UK City of Architecture and
Design, which attests to the great variety of high-quality design
within the city, with Victorian, Regency, art nouveau and ultra-modern
styles all represented.
The Glasgow International Festival this year brings the art of local
and international artists to Scotland’s second city for a stimulating
two-week burst of exhibitions across the city.
Visual art happens all year round in Glasgow but for two weeks every
two years, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art puts it firmly
in the spotlight. From artists’ studios through to major museums, by
way of a vast range of venues new and old, the Festival is the perfect
moment to get to know more about contemporary art and how and where it
takes place in Glasgow.
Packed with events, talks and tours as well as major world-class
exhibitions, some by artists living in the city and others by leading
international figures, the Festival is Glasgow’s art scene at its
liveliest and best.
A vibrant array of theatre, comedy, live music, books, sports, cinema,
clubs, bars, restaurants, talks and days out are all there for the
Socialising and fine whiskey are of course synonymous with not only the
region but the city particularly. The Spirit of Speyside is an annual
celebration of the national tipple has become an established fixture on
Scotland's tourism calendar.
The festival reflects the rich heritage of whisky-making which is an
integral part of the lives of the Speyside communities and invites
visitors to celebrate Scotland’s national drink through an inventive
and wide-ranging programme of whisky-inspired events – some
educational, all of them fun.
Over seven days, there will be over two hundred events, ranging from
exclusive whisky dinners, tastings and master classes and in-depth
tours of distilleries not normally open to the public, to more
family-orientated events such as walks, canoe trips and scenic train
rides through the whisky heartland with the Keith & Dufftown
For those of you unable to make the World Cup Finals in South Africa,
Glasgow may hold the answer. Teams from Europe (and a special guest
team from Australia) compete in a Cerebral Palsy football 2010 European
Championships at the Toryglen Regional Football Centre.
And how does experiencing the Highland Games grab you? They take place
from Cowal to Tomintoul and all points in between, and are a unique mix
of the sporting, the cultural and the social. They usually comprise a
programme of field and track events, piping and Highland dancing
competitions and 'heavy events' like the tug-o-war, the hammer throw
and tossing the caber.
The competitive element is a major attraction in its own right but when
combined with the spectacle of Highland dancers and pipers and the
colour and grandeur of the Scottish scenery which forms their backdrop;
Highland Games become a must on any visitor's Scotland itinerary.
There is a full programme of Highland Games across Scotland throughout
the summer season. One of the most famous is held in the late summer at
the Braemar Gathering, traditionally attended by the Royal Family. Most
Highland Games are on a far smaller scale, and many of them are still
genuine community events.
What will make any trip of course is the accommodation. Glasgow’s
hotels are varied and offer some superb overnight packages to
suit all sorts of budgets from 2 and 3 star budget deals to exclusive
five star packages for those with the cash to splash. For
city centre convenience you might try the Thistle. It’s a modern hotel
in Glasgow’s shopping and nightlife district, 250 meters from bustling
Sauchiehall. This fabulous five star hotel’s Otium Health and Leisure
club features a swimming pool, hot spa baths, sauna, and steam rooms.
Or perhaps a venue with a dash of history about it is more your style?
This Thistle nineteenth century baronial building is located in the
Merchant City district 300 meters from Glasgow Cross and 500 meters
from the Gallery of Modern Art.
This is self catering at its very grandest! The hotel’s 99 suites
feature contemporary décor with pink and brown furnishings and abstract
art; all include kitchenettes, DVD players and high speed Internet
Alternatively, you can never ignore the allure of the Hilton brand, a
central Glasgow hotel within 500 metres of Junction 18 on M8, within a
mile of George Square and the Buchanan Galleries shopping centre.
Guests of the Hilton Glasgow can make use of the health club’s indoor
pool, gym and sauna, and dine on modern Scottish cuisine in the
restaurant. The hotel’s 319 air-conditioned guestrooms come equipped
with private bathrooms, satellite televisions, Internet connections and
And don’t forget how child friendly the Hilton is. Kids up to the age
of 10 can eat and drink for free from the children's menu, which
features a range of freshly prepared treats for little ones. And
Children under the age of 18 can stay for free when sharing your room
Often on domestic holidays you need to find somewhere that’s pet
friendly and Glasgow has just the answer, the Best Western Glasgow Pond
This Glasgow property is located near Botanic Gardens, Museum of
Transport, and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Additional nearby
points of interest include Glasgow Science Centre.
In addition to LCD televisions, guestrooms feature complimentary
wireless Internet access and high-speed (wired) Internet access and
bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and hair dryers.
One amazing venue is the Saint Judes Boutique Hotel &
Apartments. Located in the heart of Glasgow; St Judes houses a boutique
hotel, an outstanding restaurant, a sophisticated cocktail bar and a
"state of the art" meetings' venue. The whole place provides the
exceptional service in what can only be called intensely inspirational
Recent renovation has imaginatively fused the elegance of our early
Victorian structure with a discreet, sharp-edged
architecture. Saint Judes describes itself as both an urban
sanctuary for those who wish to unwind or an effervescent cosmopolitan
setting for those who seek to over-indulge.
With all these amazing hotels on offer in Glasgow what can one say, but
‘where can I book my trip to Glasgow?’