Glasgow Coast Guide
Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and it is now a lively, cosmopolitan place which has recently emerged into better times after suffering stagnation in the recent past. Situated on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow has a strong maritime heritage going back to the middle of the nineteenth century.
River Clyde Glasgow
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For many years shipbuilding and the Clyde were the engines of growth that drove the city to develop at a rapid rate. The whole of the river, west of the city, was taken up with shipyards and Glasgow was known as the second city of Great Britain and of the Empire. This association lasted up until the middle of the twentieth century with the city producing large quantities of ships and munitions during both world wars.
As shipbuilding declined so did the fortunes of the city and yard after yard closed during the 60's, 70's and 80's with a subsequent rise in unemployment and discontent. The city became synonymous with poverty and urban unrest in the latter part of the twentieth century. However due to concerted efforts by the City Council, Glasgow has achieved a renaissance as a place of science, technology and culture. Much of the city is Victorian in style and there are some grand public buildings, but if you prefer more modern culture there are plenty of cafes and bars to keep you happy.
The recently opened Glasgow Science Centre is an example of this rebirth - the stunning titanium covered building is now a popular tourist destination. Glasgow has a wide collection of excellent art galleries and museums including the Burrell Collection, Gallery of Modern Art and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. There is also a tall ship moored on the quayside - this is the SV Glenlee which was built in Glasgow in 1896. The ship was discovered rotting in Seville harbour and was purchased by the city and resorted over a seven year period. Today it is open to the public daily.
Not far from Glasgow you will find some great coastline and beaches. Situated in the Firth of Clyde is the Isle of Bute which is just 6 miles offshore and can be reached by ferry from Skelmorie. On the mainland is Largs, a traditional seaside resort and watersports centre. Ferries run from the town to the nearby island of Great Cumbrae Island.
Places to visit around Glasgow - Tourist Attractions
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum - Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG
The Lighthouse - Scotland's Centre for Architecture, Design and the City - 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU Telephone 0141 221 6362
Clydebuilt Maritime Heritage Centre - Braehead Shopping Centre, Kings Inch Rd, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G51 4BN Tel: 0141 886 1013
Glasgow Science Centre - Science Centre, Imax theatre and Glasgow tower - 50 Pacific Quay Glasgow G51 1EA- Telephone: 0871 540 1000. See website for more details - www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/
Loch Lomond Shores - Visitor Centre on the shores of Loch Lomond - Ben Lomond Way, Balloch G83 8QL Telephone 01389 722 406
Map of the Glasgow area