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Welcome to Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow

Glasgow is Scotland's biggest city (although not its capital), home to nearly 600,000 people. Glasgow was also known as the second city of the British Empire. There is incredible historic architecture from the 18th and 19th century which contrasts beautifully new modern buildings as the city continues to grow and thrive.

Glasgow is a vibrant and compact city with plenty to offer delegates outside of conference sessions. The city has a range of cultural attractions including many museums and art galleries offering free entry, such as the stunning Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the award-winning Riverside Museum.

Visitors can explore the works of artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, walk the city centre Art Mural Trail or take a stroll through one of the many parks and green spaces.

Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music with over 150 live music events per week, plus a full calendar of other exciting events and festivals throughout the year. The food and drink scene offers something for everyone, from traditional whisky pubs to fine dining, in a variety of lively neighbourhoods including Finnieston (SEC), the City Centre, the West End and Merchant City.

Glasgow dining is hard to beat with over 2,000 bars and restaurants serving mouth-watering food. The city is packed with established Scottish restaurants as well as experimental establishments that are driving cuisine forward with the trademark Glaswegian charm.

Delegates can look forward to a warm welcome in a city voted ‘world’s friendliest city’ by Rough Guides. If you’re extending your stay, Glasgow has excellent travel connections for exploring Scotland and an exciting selection of year-round tours leaving daily for the Scottish Highlands.

Facts about Glasgow:

  • Population: 600,000
  • Nickname: Dear Green Place
  • Annual visitors: 2.8m

 

Suggested Attractions:

  1. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  2. Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel
  3. Glengoyne Distillery
  4. The Necropolis
  5. The Clydeside Distillery

 

Edinburgh

Less than an hour away from Glasgow by train and home to just under 500,000 people, Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city. However, its small size shouldn’t deceive, Edinburgh’s population swells to more than double this when people come from all over the world for the summer festivals. During the month of August everything from small side-street venues to large concert halls brim with artists and festival goers. This is because Edinburgh is home to the world’s largest arts festival – the Festival Fringe!

Scotland’s capital city also boasts an impressive range of dining options with more restaurants per head than any other city in the UK. This includes five Michelin-starred restaurants - second only to London. There's a great international feel to Edinburgh, with designer stores from all over the world, including Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton, Armani, Calvin Klein, Burberry and Hugo Boss.

Dominating the skyline is Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano which is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh which form most of Holyrood Park.

Edinburgh Zoo is the place to get up close and personal with some of the world's most impressive wildlife. The 82-acre complex just outside the city centre is home to Britain's only giant pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang.

In 2017, Edinburgh was ranked 2nd best place in the world for quality of life. It is certainly one of the most historic cities in the United Kingdom, with buildings such as Edinburgh Castle and the Scott Monument towering over the skyline. In 2020, it was named the best UK city to live in for the millennial generation in one survey.

Facts about Edinburgh:

  • Population: 500,000
  • Nickname: Auld Reekie
  • Annual visitors: 4m

 

 

Suggested Attractions:

  1. Arthur’s Seat
  2. National Museum of Scotland
  3. Edinburgh Castle
  4. Palace of Holyroodhouse
  5. The Scotch Whiskey Experience

 

 

Stirling

Stirling is known as the 'Gateway to the Highlands', situated at the point where lowland Scotland and the highlands meet. It was once a pivotal strategic point and Scotland’s seat of power was at Stirling Castle. Nowadays it's a vibrant university city with great connections to the rest of the country.

Stirling lights up at night, with many clubs and bars gearing themselves towards a vibrant student population, with themed nights and DJs. For those looking for a more relaxed experience Stirling boasts a wide selection of traditional pubs and great restaurants.

Facts about Stirling:

  • Population: 37,000
  • Nickname: Gateway to the Highlands
  • Annual visitors: 0.2m

Suggested Attractions:

  1. Stirling Castle
  2. National Wallace Monument
  3. Deanston Distillery & Visitor Centre

 

 

Scottish Lochs

Scotland is also famous for its lochs; a loch being a Scottish Gaelic word for a lake or fjord.  The two largest and most famous lochs are Loch Ness, famous for the Loch Ness Monster(!) located about 3.5 hours’ drive from Glasgow and the much nearer Loch Lomond, less than an hour away.

 


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