You might be aware that the Scots have a longstanding reputation all across the globe for being an affable bunch. When it comes to the question of where you’ll receive the warmest welcome, Glasgow comes up time and time again.
Thanks to the Roughguides.com community, Glasgow can proudly claim the title of the friendliest city in the world. Using social media, people were asked to share their views on the debate using #friendlycity and Glasgow came out on top, beating the likes of Dublin, Liverpool and Montreal.
The Mackintosh-designed Willow Tearooms on Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
A farmers' market at Mansfield Park, Partick, Glasgow
The famous traffic cone-topped statue of the Duke of Wellington, situated outside of GoMA, Glasgow
The World Pipe Band Championships takes place every year on Glasgow Green and is full of friendly faces
Glasgow taxi drivers are known for enjoying a 'blether' or chat with their customers
The rest of the country can hold its head high, too. In Roughguides.com’s list of friendliest countries in the world, Scotland placed ninth. ‘Spend a night at a family-run B&B, where cooked breakfasts are served up with plenty of friendly chit-chat, and you’ll see why Scotland was voted as one of the world’s friendliest nations,’ advises Rachel Mills from Roughguides.com.
If you didn’t experience the world-famous Glaswegian hospitality at the XX Commonwealth Games earlier this year, there are plenty of great reasons to spend time in the friendliest city this autumn and winter.
European Open Judo, 4 October
The Commonwealth Games might be over, but there is still tons of sporting action going on in Glasgow. Head to the Emirates Arena to witness British judo’s top female stars take on some of the best judoka in Europe.
Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, 4 – 5 October
You’ll see thousands of smiling faces across Glasgow during the first weekend of October. Runners who have endured months of training, along with their enthusiastic supports, will gather in the city centre ready to take on the challenges of the half marathon or 10k. There’s still time to sign up to the 10k as well as family and junior events, such as the toddler dash and the family mile.
Creative Mackintosh Festival 2014, 1 – 31 October
This October, discover the creative genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the great Scottish designer and architect, and one of Glasgow’s favourite sons.
From walking tours to workshops, there are many ways to experience his works and find out about his life. Whether you’re interested in Mackintosh’s stained glass or want to learn about the influence of his artist wife Margaret Macdonald, you’ll find talks on a broad range of topics.
For the foodies amongst you, why not enjoy a seven course meal in a pop-up restaurant at House for an Art Lover, or enjoy an evening of regional foods from the areas of Italy visited by Mackintosh on his formative Italian sketching tour?
BBC Good Food Show Scotland, 17 – 19 October
Serving up the best of the season is the BBC Good Food Show Scotland. Held in the SECC, this is a celebration of all things delicious and flavoursome. There’s dozens of food and drink stalls to browse, and you can pick up tips from celebrity chefs as they demonstrate their skills in the Supertheatre.
Fans of the BBC’s Great British Bake Off will not want to miss the chance to come face to face with the judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, and if you’re feeling inspired, there’s a dedicated Bakes & Cakes Village. Yummy!
Glasgay! Festival, 20 October – 15 November
Now in its 21st year, Scotland’s annual celebration of LGBT culture will once again provide a vibrant programme of film, theatre, performance, spoken word and visual art. This year, many of the events will explore social, historical and contemporary taboos.
Part of this year’s festival includes an evening with John Waters, the cult film director famed for ‘trash’ titles which include Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, Cry-Baby and Polyester.
Other highlights include a new production of the John Byrne play Colquhoun & Macbryde in the Tron Theatre, and the multi-disciplinary, two-act performance of These Delicate Things, taking place in the Centre for Contemporary Arts. Plus there’s comedy from Stephen K Amos, Craig Hill and Sarah Pascoe.
MTV EMA, 9 November
Get ready to see Glasgow glitter when some of the hottest musicians in the world come to town for the 20th MTV Europe Music Awards. Held in the SSE Hydro and hosted by Nicki Minaj, watch global stars collect their awards and see the top performances from both British and international artists. Have your say in who wins in each category and get voting now!
Scottish Open Badminton Grand Prix, 19 – 23 November
For a smashing good time, book tickets for the Scottish Open Grand Prix where you can watch top badminton players in action. Held at the Emirates Arena, you can expect to see displays of power, speed and agility as athletes complete in the world’s fastest racquet sport.
As well as the competition, there will be great activities on offer, including badminton taster sessions and face painting.
In addition, there’s a whole host of other events taking place in the city and across the Clyde Valley region, from gigs to comedy, and exhibitions to family activities.
Soak up Glasgow’s friendly atmosphere on a city break where you can enjoy museums and galleries, restaurants and bars, and attractions, or why not hit the shops for a bit of retail therapy?