Five things to do in Glasgow, Scotland

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Heading to Glasgow for the LGT World Men’s Curling Championship 2020?

This dynamic city, in Scotland’s western Lowlands, has plenty to offer visitors who want to explore their surroundings when there’s a break in the on-ice action.

No stranger to curling, Glasgow is just a 20-minute drive from the birthplace of the sport.

That’s not the only activity this cultural hub offers visitors — here are five must-do’s for curling fans coming to Glasgow.

1. Visit the birthplace of curling

Any curling fan visiting Glasgow will likely want to factor in time during their stay to head to Paisley Abbey — the place where it all began. Curling’s origins can be traced to this religious institution where monks are said to have pioneered what would become a global, Olympic sport in 1541.

Learn about the history of the game and where it all began while touring one of Scotland’s beautiful, historic churches.

Location: Abbey Close, Paisley, Renfrewshire PA1 1JG

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10:00 to 15:00 (Guided tours are offered on Tuesday and Thursday at 14:00).

Cost: There is no cost to enter the church, but donations are appreciated.

2. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum


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The striking architecture of this Spanish baroque-style building make the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum one of Glasgow’s most recognizable attractions.

Its 22 galleries house many Scottish works of art in addition to pieces from around the globe. It’s family-friendly atmosphere and free, daily tours make it a memorable destination.

Location: Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AG, United Kingdom

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday, 11:00 to 17:00

Cost: Free

3. Take a Scottish malt whisky tour

One of Scotland’s most recognisable exports is its malt whisky, and nothing completes a trip to the country better than learning about the process of distilling the famous drink.

Learn how malt whisky is made and gain an understand of its history by taking a tour of a working distillery, the Clydeside Distillery.

You can opt to take a self-guided tour or sign up for a guided walking tour that stops at several whisky bars before taking you behind the scenes of the distillery.

Location: The Old Pump House, Queen’s Dock, 100 Stobcross Rd, Glasgow

Hours: Daily, 10:00 to 17:00

Cost: Varies, see tour options.

4. Do a sightseeing tour

There are many historical and architectural landmarks around Glasgow that visitors to the city want to see before they leave. One way to achieve this, especially if you have limited free time, is to do “hop on, hop off” tour of the city.

This tour provides audio commentary in seven different languages and makes stops at 21 landmarks such as St. Andrew’s Square and the Glasgow Cathedral.

The full tour takes 85 minutes, with busses running on a 30-minute schedule during the winter months.

Location: Stops vary, see their website to find the stop nearest you.

Hours: 09:30 to 18:00

Cost: Varies, see fare schedule.

5. Become a foodie

Many people will tell you a trip to Scotland isn’t complete without sampling the most famous local dish: haggis. Even if a sheep’s innards don’t sound like an appetising meal to you, Glasgow’s burgeoning food scene is beginning to receive international acclaim for its variety and blend of historic and modern flavours.

If you want to make the most of your stay, try a walking food tour that allows you to sample food from a variety of restaurants along a route.

The Glasgow Food and Drink Tour has received Trip Advisor’s 2019 Certificate of Excellence, although there are certainly other tours to choose from as well.

Location: Glasgow west end

Hours: Tours start at 11:30, 13:00 or 17:00.

Cost: Adult: £65.00, Child: £60.00

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Glasgow, Scotland

12 March 2020
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