Glasgow & The Clyde Valley
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Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley

With green spaces, great attractions and some of the friendliest people on the planet, Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley has a lot to shout about. Head to Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, for world-class attractions and one of the best city centre shopping experiences in the UK. Or perhaps you'd like to follow the path of the River Clyde west through Paisley and out to Greenock on the coast, or south to the charming towns of the Clyde Valley? En route you'll find lush countryside, great family days out and a wealth of fascinating history.

Explore lush green spaces

Glasgow is home to over 90 parks and gardens, such as the beautiful People's Palace and Winter Gardens, and, just out the city lies Strathclyde Country Park in Motherwell, which is perfect for walk around the loch. The Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve in New Lanark is also not to be missed! You'll never forget the serene beauty of the woodlands or the raw power of the spectacular falls.

Get swept up in the area's history

Explore the life and work of David Livingstone, the famous Scottish explorer, at the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre or learn about the history of North Lanarkshire, from the arrival of the Romans through to the present day at the North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre in Motherwell. In Glasgow itself you'll find a huge range of historic attractions all within easy exploring distance of one another, such as The Tall Ship at Riverside which is berthed outside the fascinating Riverside Museum.

Soak up Glasgow's buzzing social scene

Glasgow is famous for its friendly, down-to-earth people and great nightlife. The city's bars, pubs and restaurants vibrate with life and energy and you'll always find great shows and gigs going on in its theatres and live-music venues.

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Towns & Villages
Abington is a small village at the southern edge of the Clyde Valley 11 miles (18 km) southwest of Biggar and close to the M74 motorway.

Glasgow City Centre

Glasgow's vibrant city centre lies north of the River Clyde. Its heart is George Square, a 19th-century municipal showpiece crowned by the City Chambers.


Towns & Villages
Greenock is a historic industrial town by the Firth of Clyde, 25 miles west of Glasgow.


Towns & Villages
Lanark is a historic market town in the Clyde Valley and is one of the oldest royal burghs in Scotland.


Towns & Villages
Leadhills is a small village in a high valley in the Lowther Hills and has a strong mining legacy.


Towns & Villages
Motherwell is a large town 12 miles south east of Glasgow that was once Scotland’s centre of steel production.


Towns & Villages
Paisley is one of Scotland’s biggest towns with a rich history, especially in textiles. It was one of five UK cities to have been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021.

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Head to Paisley Museum in Renfrewshire to discover the Paisley Shawl, which was one of the first to be woven in the area around 1805 and symbolises a golden manufacturing era in Scotland. Explore this distinctive shawl and more in the Scotland's History in 25 Objects eBook

Travel in Glasgow & The Clyde Valley

Getting here

Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley is located in central west Scotland. It stretches from Greenock to Leadhills, taking in key towns, such as Paisley, Motherwell and Lanark, as well as the great city of Glasgow.

Glasgow Airport is to the west side of Glasgow (about 20 minutes from the city centre) and Glasgow Prestwick International Airport is further south (about 45 minutes away). A fantastic bus service connects Glasgow Airport with the city centre and at Glasgow Prestwick there are regular rail services to the city from the airport train station.

The train service and road network throughout the central belt are both fantastic, with great road and rail links between Glasgow and Scotland's other cities as well as further south to England.

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Getting around

Explore the area easily using the great bus service and train links, or hire a car and travel wherever takes your fancy. In the city you can hop around the main attractions via the Subway, bus, train, taxi or hop-on-hop-off buses. Many of the city's restaurant, pubs and attractions are within easy walking distance of each other too.

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