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If you have never visited Glasgow before, it can be difficult to know what the city has to offer. The largest city in Scotland has a whole host of things to do, of which this guide will briefly outline. So sort out your car hire, Glasgow is waiting.
Glasgow has become such a large city after starting as just a small rural settlement on the River Clyde. It now has one of the largest seaports in the world and is one of the main hubs of transatlantic trade in Britain. It has risen to become one of the top ten financial centres in Europe and is also ranked highly as one of the most liveable cities in the world. It is scheduled to hold the Commonwealth Games in 2014, boosting its profile even further.
Things to do
Being such a large city, it is probably unsurprising that there are so many things to do in Glasgow. The city centre is home to not only an 18-screen cinema and four institutions of higher education, but also to many cultural venues. The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Tron Theatre and the Centre for Contemporary Arts can all be found in the centre. With countless other venues just brimming with culture, you will be hard-pushed to find yourself at a loose end in Glasgow.
Glasgow has a bohemian district called the West End which is full of cafes, tea rooms and boutiques. Wander around here to find the perfect coffee and cake, as well as some of the best hotels. One Devonshire Gardens is the prestigious hotel of choice for many celebrities and well worth a stay if you fancy a bit of star-spotting. This is a place for ambling around, so taking the car will be a waste of time and fuel - save it for the outskirts.
Once you head out of the main city, you will experience some breathtaking scenery. With the mountainous land stretching out in front of you, expect some tight bends, long straights and plenty of seat-jumping hills. Stock the car up for the drive and wind the windows down to taste the country air. Pack a lunch and stop off for a picnic in one of the many beauty spots Scotland has to offer. One of the most convenient things about holidaying in Scotland is that you can drive there from the rest of the UK. Although trains and planes are available too, taking a car allows you to experience the destination hands-on, rather than sticking to a schedule laid out by someone else.
Take a few days to head up to Glasgow; stop off on the way for pub lunches and walks on the moors. Drink in the culture when you arrive in the city and catch a show. Opera, ballet and musicals are all options you can experience. Pick and choose the places you stay to get a truly unique trip; don't stick to the big corporate brands, but instead look into staying at one of the local bed and breakfasts for a great change of pace.