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  • Writer's pictureAbigail Daly

A wee trip to the Big City - Glasgow

Updated: May 8, 2023

Glasgow can be easily reached from the lodges either by car (an hour and half's drive) or for a more relaxing journey, you can take the passenger ferry to Gourock and a train straight into the heart of Glasgow.

Glasgow's Riverside Museum on the banks of the River Clyde.
Glasgow's Riverside Museum on the banks of the River Clyde.

There are lots of things to do in Glasgow, from exploring the numerous parks in what's nicknamed the Dear Green Place to joining the throngs shopping in the city centre. A trip to the West End with its boutique shops, wealth of cafes and restaurants and characterful architecture is a must.

However, one of the best ways to spend a day is visiting the world-class often free museums and galleries. Here are some of our favourites:

  1. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum - Located in the city's West End, Kelvingrove is one of Glasgow's most popular museums. It features over 22 themed galleries, with exhibits ranging from ancient civilizations to modern art.

  2. Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) - Housed in a grand neoclassical building in the city centre, GoMA is Scotland's most visited modern art museum. It features a collection of contemporary art from around the world, as well as rotating exhibits and installations.

  3. The Burrell Collection - Located in the Pollok Country Park, The Burrell Collection is one of the UK's most significant collections of art and artifacts. It features over 8,000 objects, including art from the Renaissance period to the 20th century, as well as ancient artifacts from around the world. It has recently re-opened after a complete refurbishment and boasts a great cafe too!

  4. Riverside Museum - A transportation museum located on the banks of the River Clyde, Riverside Museum features over 3,000 objects related to transportation, including cars, bicycles, ships, and locomotives. It's also home to the Tall Ship, a restored sailing ship that visitors can explore.

  5. The Hunterian - The Hunterian is Scotland's oldest public museum and features a collection of art, artifacts, and scientific instruments. It includes the Mackintosh House, a recreation of the home of famed architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

  6. Glasgow Science Centre - Located on the banks of the River Clyde, the Glasgow Science Centre features interactive exhibits and displays that explore the wonders of science and technology.

  7. The Scottish Football Museum - Located at Hampden Park, the Scottish Football Museum is dedicated to the history of Scottish football. It features exhibits and artifacts related to the sport, as well as a hall of fame for Scottish football players.

These are just a few of the many art galleries and museums in Glasgow. Whether you're interested in art, science, history, or sports, there's sure to be a museum or gallery in Glasgow that's perfect for you.

Be aware: there is a new low emission zone in Glasgow's city centre. This means owners of vehicles that do not meet minimum emissions standards will be fined for entering the area. For more information, visit:

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