Glasgow & The Clyde Valley

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Glasgow & the Clyde Valley

Where is it?

The region encompasses Scotland’s vibrant largest city, Glasgow, as well as the countryside around the Clyde River following it out to the coast, or south towards the UNESCO site of New Lanark. 

Why visit? 

Visit Glasgow’s many attractions, like the Kelvingrove, Mackintosh sites, and Glasgow Green, and use the city as a jumping board for the nearby Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park or Ayrshire & Arran to the west. Glasgow also has a major international airport so it is worth looking into as your first stop in Scotland. 

Major cities/towns


Scotland’s larger and grittier city, with a thriving music scene, lots of fantastic places to eat, museums to explore and green spaces to relax in. 

Known for

Music Scene

Glasgow has long been heralded for its music scene, thanks to its many great venues, and as the location of the Celtic Connections music festival which takes place every January. 


Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a designer and architect who pioneered a unique style in Glasgow in the 19th century. Many of the buildings he designed can still be found around Glasgow, and his work is available to see in several museums and sites as well.


The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of the best in Scotland, and you can also visit the Riverside Museum, and Glasgow Science Centre. 

Street Art

Glasgow is known for it’s street art, with lots of murals spread across the city. You can take tours with a guide or self-guided to see some of the best. 

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