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
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.