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Fly to Glasgow
Dear Green Place
Scotland’s largest city is characterised by the famous Victorian architecture of its many streets, squares and historical monuments telling of a fascinating and influential past. The industrial wealth and a benevolent council saw great public buildings, museums, galleries and libraries being erected and Glasgow was, without doubt, the ‘Second City of the Empire’. Though the heavy industries which brought the city unparalleled wealth and fame have almost disappeared, the tangible legacy that remains is of a city with a great architectural and cultural heritage.
This once busy industrial city has been transformed into a vibrant, exciting and sophisticated metropolis, of noble spirit, handsome buildings and invincible spirit. A cosmopolitan city that will surprise and delight visitors with its stylish yet laid-back, fashionable yet friendly, forward-thinking yet down-to-earth charm.
The city has a long-standing reputation for its live music scene and is very well off too in terms of city parks.
Glasgow is a gateway for travel to northern Scotland and the western coast, as Loganair operates flights between the city and Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Inverness, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Sumburgh and Tiree.
Loganair also connects Glasgow with Bergen and Manchester.
Glasgow’s history and culture is retold in over twenty museums and galleries, each with its own individual collection, and most with free admission. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum houses a wealth of treasures, including the finest municipal collection of paintings in Britain, and the nearby Museum of Transport has a comprehensive collection of historic vehicles. The Gallery of Modern Art is one of Scotland’s major contemporary art venues and the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery is a must see for fans of the famous Glaswegian architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Another ‘must see’ is the internationally famous Burrell Collection, an extraordinary art collection amassed over some 80 years by a wealthy shipping magnate, and generously bequeathed to the city in 1944.
For a city passionate about sport there is the Museum of Scottish Football at Hampden, Scotland’s national stadium. The city is home to the Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet, two national symphony orchestras, the Theatre Royal, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and a varied range of other cultural activities.
There are over 70 parks and gardens in Glasgow; thus it remains true to its Gaelic name Glas-ghu meaning ‘dear green place’. Glasgow Green is the oldest public park in Britain, Kelvingrove Park is dominated by the gothic Glasgow University, and the Botanic Gardens, with one of the finest glasshouses in the country, has a unique collection of plants.
The city is now the UK’s largest retail sector outwith London, thus shopaholics will enjoy Glasgow’s great shopping thoroughfares, Argyle Street, Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street, as well as the St Enoch’s Centre, Buchanan Galleries and Italian Centre. Scotland’s premier centre is Princes Square, an upmarket mall featuring top designer fashion, and for fine jewellery head for the Argyle Arcade.
Glasgow is not only the city itself, Flying to Glasgow opens a gateway to the rest of Scotland. Close to Glasgow is the beautiful Loch Lomond National Park. Explore nature and everything that the park has to offer. For the more adventurous there’s opportunities to go canoeing, quad biking, Sailing and many more.
To rival the Edinburgh Festival, Glasgow holds its own annual arts festival, Mayfest, as well as folk and jazz festivals in July. In December Glasgow hosts the Glasgow Loves Christmas festival, with food stalls and traditional Christmas markets. With Food and music festivals all year round there’s something fro everybody in Glasgow.