Glasgow is not only the largest city in Scotland, and one of the most populous in the UK, but one of the leading financial and retail centres of Europe. Located in West Central Scotland, Glasgow was originally a center for shipbuilding during the Industrial Revolution, and is now considered 'The Friendly City', and one of the most livable cities in the world.
At the heart of the city centre is George Square, where you can find the City Council, Glasgow's main tourist centre, and the Queen Street Station. George Square is the site of many holiday celebrations, arts fairs, concerts and political protests. Nearby you will find Buchanan Street, where the Royal Concert Hall is located, along with one of the main shopping centres, Buchanan Galleries. Outside Buchanan Galleries you can also see the statue of Donald Dewar, Scotland's first Prime Minister, who, more often than not, will be wearing his famous traffic cone hat.
Glasgow has gained a reputation as one of the top retail cities, thanks to Buchanan Street, Argle Street and Sauchiehall Street. You can visit the Argylle Arcade, the famous covered jewelry arcade that's been around since the 1800s, shop at the designer stores in Princes Square, or visit the former train station turned shopping mall, St. Enoch Centre. After shopping, you can head over to the Merchant City and try some haggis at the famous Rogano's, the oldest surviving restaurant in the city.
Claim to Fame
Famous Glaswegians include actor Robbie Coltrane, comedians Billy Connelly and Craig Ferguson, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Music and Culture
Many famous bands have either originated or risen to fame in Glasgow; it is home to Franz Ferdinand, Primal Scream, Belle and Sebastian, Camera Obscura , Travis, Snow Patrol, Glasvegas, The Fratellis, Texas, and Mogwai, and Oasis were discovered after performing at King Tut's. Glasgow is also home to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Scottish Ballet and the Scottish Opera.
The Glasgow Patter
If you can't understand a word that someone's saying, they're probably speaking a local variety of Scots, or "The Glasgow Patter". If someone calls you "bonnie", take it as a compliment (you're beautiful!); if they mention "the Barras", then be prepared to do some shopping at an outdoor market; if they say it's "awfy cauld" well, yes, it probably is awfully cold, and if they say they "dinnae ken", then they don't know what you're saying either!