Glasgow on the Historic River Clyde

This port city, home to 1.6 million people (Glaswegians), has a rich history in trade and ship building beginning in the 18th century.  Today, Glasgow has a thriving contemporary urban culture and a must-see destination if you’re planning a trip to Europe.  Located in Scotland’s western Lowlands, it is famed for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture.  Glasgow is a national cultural hub, home to institutions including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums and a flourishing music scene. You will be delighted and surprised as you explore this modern Scottish city.

Grosvenor Casino Riverboat

Grosvenor Casino’s Glaswegian locations are conveniently located in the heart of the city, plus one right beside the historic River Clyde. The Grosvenor Casino Riverboat is a scenic riverside venue where you can play poker, roulette, and blackjack, along with several different slot machines. To complete the riverboat theme, it’s also home to the Louisiana Restaurant which serves fresh seafood as well as authentic Scottish cuisine. This premiere entertainment and dining location can be found in Broomielaw, at the King George V bridge. And less than a kilometer from the River Clyde, there’s another Grosvenor Casino on Glassford St.  Apart from its Glasgow locations, Grosvenor Casino has a well-established online presence and can also be found in places like Knightsbridge in London, at The Sandcastle in Blackpool, and other prominent locations around the UK. There are various other locales in Scotland as well. However, the Casino Riverboat at the King George V bridge provdes the best gaming venue in the city.

Oran Mor

In Gaelic, the name of this church-turned-nightclub means great music.  And that’s just one of the attractions you can find in Oran Mor, Glasgow’s West End’s premiere cultural destination.  Also known as the former site of the derelict Kelvinside Parish Church, the well-preserved medieval architecture of Oran Mor is now a site for theatrical productions, music gigs, and its very own whisky pub. In the auditorium, one can look up to see the awesome ceiling mural that now serves as the venue’s crowning glory. Also keep your eyes peeled for historical finds hiding in plain sight. Ultimately, it’s an awesome place to get to know creative and interesting Glaswegians, as well as to get in touch with the city’s history.

Transmission Gallery

Located at the corner of King Street and Tron Gate in the Merchant City District, Transmission is arguably the best place to see the newest masterpieces by Glasgow’s up-and-coming visual artists. As Timeout reveals, this is because the gallery was founded by graduates from the internationally famous Glasgow School of Art. Driven by the lack of opportunities faced by the youngest and most talented Glaswegian artists, the graduates took over this old property in the Merchant City, turning it into the city’s oldest artist-run gallery. In fact, for the last 30-years, Transmission has been run by a voluntary committee comprised of some of the most influential artists in the contemporary European art scene.

Forth and Clyde Canal Pathway

Part of the UK’s National Cycle Network, also known as Route 754, the Forth and Clyde Canal Pathway is a 66-mile cycling and hiking path that runs across Scotland. It’s a mostly flat, idyllic, and most importantly, traffic-free way to explore by bike, and can take you from the heart of the city to Scotland’s beautiful countryside.  An ideal spot to start your ride would be Speirs Wharf, where you can follow the pathway’s signs to get to the canal and travel further. And should you cycle too far and get too tired to cycle back, there are several train stations near the pathway that make returning to your hotel easier. Watch out for the occasional horse riders who also use the pathway.

These are of course not the only reasons why your next destination should be the city of Glasgow. If you’re looking for a place where you can visit and experience modern casino entertainment, unique pubs, theater venues, art shows, or safe spaces to ride a bike, this city definitely has a lot to offer.

City Seal of Glasgow

Safe travels….

Howard Hian

Thanks to various websites for information, photos, etc. 

Howard Hian

Travels-with-Hian.com

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