A break in Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley is ideal for experiencing Scotland’s rich culture, fantastic historical attractions and stunning scenery.
Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and a real cultural hub with a busy calendar of folk festivals and musical performance running throughout the year. One of the yearly highlights is Celtic Connections which brings the infectious rhythms of folk and world music to the area. The city is also home to the National Piping Centre where you can learn about the history of the Scotland’s national instrument, the Highland bagpipe, and even polish your own skills on the chanter. You will find a number of piping events throughout the year, such as the Piping Live Event, 6 - 12 August 2012.
Discover the legend of St Mungo and his association with the city of Glasgow. It is said that St Mungo founded Glasgow Cathedral 1,500 years ago in about AD 550. This gave the original town greater status and it flourished into the great city it is today. The current stone cathedral was built in AD 1136 and the worship of God has been carried out continuously within its walls for over 800 years. At St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life & Art you to learn about this great monk along with the different religious beliefs and customs found around the world. Keep a look out for Glasgow’s Coat of Arms. It can be seen throughout the city’s architecture and incorporates a number of symbols and emblems associated with St Mungo.
Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley is an excellent place to start tracing your ancestors and learn about Scottish culture. The Mitchell Library is a great place to start as it is one of the largest public reference libraries in Europe and home to the city archives. Other great local resource centres include Motherwell Heritage Centre or Shotts Heritage Centre. Why not get a taste of how real people once lived and worked with a visit to the New Lanark World Heritage Site, National Museum of Rural Life, and the Weavers Cottage, Kilbachan?
Visit Scotland’s oldest public museum, the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow, and uncover fascinating collections ranging from meteorites to scientific instruments and medical curiosities. There is also a unique collection of Roman monumental sculptures and other important artefacts recovered from the Antonine Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Bearsden you will find some of the remains of this ancient wall that once stretched across Scotland. This was the most northerly frontier of the Roman Empire and is a reminder of the Romans’ failure to conquer Caledonia.
Scotland’s turbulent past with her neighbour, England, and the strategic nature of the Clyde Valley has resulted in a rich collection of iconic fortresses and regal towers across the region. Highlights include the well preserved Newark Castle, Port Glasgow, the magnificent 13th century ruin, Bothwell Castle, the gorgeous Chatelheraut Hunting Lodge, and Craignethan Castle, which guards the entrance of the Clyde Valley.
If you want to explore beautiful Scottish scenery then take a trip to the Clyde Valley Woods and Falls of Clyde National Nature Reserve. The colour and beauty of the area will take your breath away as you stroll along the ancient gorge woodland with its spectacular views over Lanark. These are popular walks with locals and have inspired great poets and painters, such as Wordworth and Turner.
Other great places to see wildlife include Pollok Country Park, Glasgow’s largest park, and Strathclyde Country Park, which is great for bird watching. In Queen’s Park you will discover an Iron Age fort and stunning views over the city to Campsie Fells and Ben Lomond, while the once impressive Victorian shooting estate, Muirshiel Visitor Centre & Country Park, is now a Special Protection Area of international importance for its breeding population of harriers.
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