- Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Museum, has a section of Mackintosh’s work, Salvador Dalí’s memorable Christ of St John of the Cross as well as lots of armor and swords. Great for Outlander fans to see the broad sword and Claymore they’ve been reading about in Diana’s books. See my pictures here.
- Falkirk Wheel is an engineering marvel. It was designed to replace lock gates and is a way for boats to get from one canal to another. You can take a ride on it for a fee. More information here.
See my pictures of the Falkirk Wheel.
- Take a tour of Glasgow on a hop-on hop-off bus. Details here.
See my pictures here.
- Shopping in Glasgow is great. Sauchiehall Street is an outdoor pedestrian only street with shops and street musicians. St Enoch Centre is an indoor mall that’s a great place to go if it’s raining. This site has more information on shopping. My pictures of Sauchiehall Street are in the middle of this bunch of pictures.
- Glasgow Botanic Gardens, originally laid out in 1841 to supply the University of Glasgow, the gardens were acquired by the City of Glasgow and made public in 1891. In 1873, the gardens’ defining building – the eccentric wrought-iron and glass domed glasshouse Kibble Palace – was erected, followed a few years later by the Main Range teak glasshouse. Both remain beautifully preserved, free to enter and filled with exotic plant life, from arid lands and tropical rainforests alike.
- Kelvingrove Park is more or less the heart of the West End, tying together several of its neighbourhoods and most famous sites and attractions. On a clear, bright morning, the view from the top of the hill at the entrance from Park Circus, down across the River Kelvin towards the spires of Glasgow University and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum might just be the finest in the city.
- Glasgow Cathedral, the dramatic construction of spires and blackened stone that stands just back off the city’s High Street today was erected between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries. Uniquely for a Scottish mainland medieval cathedral, it survived the 1560 Reformation virtually complete.
- Glasgow School of Art, legendary local architect Charles Rennie
Mackintosh’s defining masterpiece. In May 2014, a fire ripped through Glasgow School of Art’s historic century-old main building, but thanks to some heroic work by firefighters, the vast majority of it was saved, with the exception principally of the beautiful Mackintosh Library – which was tragically completely destroyed. It will be years before the building is fully functional again, but even blackened and smelling of soot, with several of its dramatic panelled windows blown out, it still looks noble and majestic.
- Pollok Country Park, extends over 146 hectares and has various walks, an attractive walled garden, a woodland garden, Clydesdale horses, a pedigree fold of Highland cattle, three mountain bike circuits, a play park for kids and places to picnic. It was also used for the outside of Castle Leoch in the filming of the Outlander Starz TV Series. The entrance is just to the north of the Pollokshaws West Station.
- I almost forgot about the Kelpies! No, not the ones from Diana’s book, but huge, silver ones. They are the “The Mane Attraction at the Helix” haha. Here is a blog about them. They are right off the M9. We had been at the Falkirk Wheel and tried to use our Garmin to find them. Big mistake. We drove around and around. We finally decided we had to move on and used our mobile phone to find the highway – then we drove right by them.
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Zoom in of Pollok Country Park: You can take either the train tor the bus to Pollokshaws West.
The Falkirk Wheel and Kelpies.
Getting from Glasgow to Edinburgh