Things to do - Glasgow And District

Glasgow is Scotland's second city. However, it is rapidly becoming the first choice for visitors who book a holiday or long weekend break. With world renowned museums, historic buildings, modern architecture, lively bars and restaurants and the designation as a European City of Culture, Glasgow has a lot to offer. Whether you want exciting live music, award winning Scottish cuisine or a simple relaxing walk around one of the stunning parks and gardens, Glasgow has a wealth of attractive accommodation, creative pastimes and welcoming characters who may well end up as close friends.

There is no shortage of attractions to see in Glasgow but first you need a place to stay. That's simple. Self catering apartments can be found in stunning historic buildings or you can choose from an abundance of bed and breakfast hostelries. City centre hotels range from budget chains to top draw five star exclusives. And, don't worry if you want to bring your dog as Glasgow has plenty of pet friendly places where you can relax knowing that your best friend is also welcome.

Once you arrive in the city and book into your accommodation you will find lots to do and young visitors will never be bored. Rollerstop is exciting and guaranteed to burn of any excess energy that your kids may have built up. Located in Kinning Park which is easily accessed by the close Tube station, Rollerstop offers exciting roller skating with disco lights and music. Everyone over the age of 4 is welcome and there are expert coaches on hand to help you get going. Additionally, Rollerstop provides not only skates but the essential safety equipment that will ensure you have a great time without risking any damage. If you are looking for a fun vibe or somewhere to hold a kid's party this is one venue that is not to be missed.

Exploring some of the many museums or taking a stroll around the Botanic Gardens are two activities that are highly recommended if you are visiting Glasgow. But, if you want a more challenging trip, try a tour with the West Highland Way Guided Walking Holiday. Starting from the outskirts of Glasgow and taking in the lowlands, the tour traverses some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. You will see both Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond and climb the Devil's Staircase which gives unrivalled views before ending up at Fort William, another famous historic Scottish town that sits below the slopes of Ben Nevis. The trip, with daily luggage transfer, runs for seven nights with bed and breakfast included in the price.

The atmosphere in Glasgow is unique and there is a year long calendar of events so whatever time of year you visit there is plenty to do. Outstanding bars, restaurants and shops are all within reach of the centre and don't forget the stunning parks and gardens.

Travelling around Glasgow is easy with a choice of hop on / hop off buses, the subway or you can even hire a bike. Whether you are coming to enjoy the fantastic shops, the live music scene or the amazing historic museums, you will never be disappointed with what Glasgow has to offer. Stunning cityscapes, a medieval cathedral and the unique Scottish hospitality have combined to make Glasgow a worthy rival to Edinburgh for both first timers and returning visitors to Scotland.