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Visit Glasgow: Scotland’s cultural capital | Private jet charter

Located on Scotland’s western coast, Glasgow is a vibrant port city. As Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is proud of its Victorian legacy which is visible in its museums and architecture, and offers visitors a rich cultural life with regular ballet, opera and theatre performances. Glasgow has an enviable live music scene and a superb modern art museum, as well as countless pubs and restaurants to suit every taste.

Glasgow shopping and markets

You’ll find everything in the city from designer labels to antiques in its stores and markets. The city’s Style Mile centred around Buchanan Street, Argyle Street and Merchant City is fashion central and Glasgow also boasts spectacular markets. Head to Merchant Square Craft Market for undercover browsing amongst the stalls where the produce is all made in Glasgow. For vintage and flea bargains, the East End is the place to be each weekend at St Luke’s and The Winged Ox – a restored parish church. Sloans Market is a local favourite with food, jewellery, gifts and art, while the iconic Barras Market in Gallowgate will give you a taste of an authentic Glasgow.

Glasgow Cathedral

This beautiful Gothic cathedral is a short walk from the centre of Glasgow and boasts a stunning collection of stained glass. St Mungo – Glasgow’s patron saint – is buried here in the Lower Crypt. Join choral evensong in the Nave each Sunday and don’t miss the adjacent St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Beautifully sited by the River Kelvin, Glasgow’s peaceful Botanic Gardens provide welcome year-round respite from the buzz of the city. Enjoy a riverside walk, or relaxed stroll among the woodland and plant collections. The main highlight is Kibble Palace, an extraordinary glasshouse that guards the national tree fern collection as well as many tropical plants. There’s a tea room in the gardens, located in the former curator’s house near the Palace.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Glasgow is blessed with many museums, the most famous of which is Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Situated in the city’s West End at delightful Kelvingrove Park, the building’s red sandstone façade houses more than 8,000 items of natural history, archaeology and art.

Glengoyne Distillery

No visit to Scotland is complete without a visit to a distillery, so a visit to Glengoyne – only a short drive from Glasgow – is a must. A working distillery since 1833, Glengoyne’s tour offers visitors tasting sessions and a fascinating look at the history of the distillery, as well as the chance to blend your own individual whisky on the Master Blender tour.

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