Glorious Glasgow

Loch Lomond Glasgow
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Glasgow bustles with shops and has a thriving cultural scene, with easy access to some stunning Scottish countryside. Here is our pick of the best places to visit


Loch Lomond Glasgow

Above: View Loch Lomond and the Trossachs from the air in a seaplane

Albion Street Discover three excellent and stylish restaurants in the Merchant City, all on the same street. Cafe Gandolfi (Tel: (0141) 552 6813; www.cafegandolfi.comis a Glasgow institution; its sister restaurant Gandolfi Fish is just a couple of doors down (Tel: (0141) 552 9475; www.cafegandolfi.com), and next to that is the Italian Caffe (Tel: (0141) 552 3186; www. theitaliancaffe.co.uk).

Boat Trips Go to the Isle of Bute and visit the stunning arts and crafts Mount Stuart house and gardens (Tel: (01700) 503877; www.mountstuart.com), or go in style by excursion on the paddle steamer Waverley. Tel: 0845 130 4647; www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk

Glenlee, Glasgow Harbour Glenlee is a three-masted baldheaded steel-hulled barque. She is now a museum ship at  Yorkhill Quay, known as The Tall Ship. Tel: (0141) 222 2513; www.glenlee.co.uk

Loch Lomond Seaplanes a spectacular way to view Loch Lomond and the Trossachs from the air. Tel: (01436) 675030; www.lochlomondseaplanes.com

The Merchant City Trail A walking guide takes you back to the time of the Tobacco Lords and gives you a real taste of 18th-century Glasgow. www.glasgowmerchantcity.net

The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green Social history of Glasgow on display and a beautiful cafe in the restored Winter Gardens. Tel: (0141) 287 4350; www.glasgowmuseums.com

The Ubiquitous Chip, 12 Ashton Lane Named Scottish Restaurant of the Year in 2009 by The Good Food Guide. Choose formal dining or or relax in one of the three bars. Tel: (0141) 334 5007; www.ubiquitouschip.co.uk

Want to know more about where to go and when? Read our Insiders Guide to Glasgow!

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