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.

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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. 


Glasgow Science CentreThe 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 - 

Loch Lomond Shores - Visitor Centre on the shores of Loch Lomond - Ben Lomond Way,  Balloch  G83 8QL Telephone 01389 722 406

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Other sections of the guide you might also enjoy - see below.

Attractions - see listings pages

Plymouth WaterfrontA huge selection of attractions are available within the coastal area and this section will have details of many of them. From piers and harbours to fun fairs and roller coasters, the listings will have details of what's available in your chosen area. For details of attractions look in the resort pages. 

 The National Marine Aquarium - Plymouth



Cliff and coast walkingWhether your idea of an ideal activity is sunbathing or you prefer something more strenuous, the  chances are that you will be able to pursue this at the coast. There is a wide selection of activities that can be found on our coastline - these range from a gentle stroll to the next bay, to swimming and snorkelling, to more energetic activities such as sailing, surfing, windsurfing and kite sailing. See Activities section.



We will bring you feature  articles  about the coastline and  news items about life in the coastal area. contributions to this section are welcome.

Beach PubPubs, restaurants and shopping guide

The listings section will also have details of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and shops available in the locality. Restaurants and shops coming soon.....

     The Beach Pub - Exmouth


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