Glasgow is located in Scotland and is the second largest town in the Invercylde council area. In the olden days Glasgow was a just rural small village until French and other European merchants expanded commerce and trade in the area. In 1667, the town of Glasgow began constructing a harbor to accommodate the increasing ship traffic in the area.
In the nineteenth century, the city started to emerge as a shipbuilding powerhouse. The Comet, which was the first commercial steam vessel in Europe was built here in 1812. However, the city eventually lost its competitiveness in the shipping business and today only one ship building company, Ferguson Shipbuilding yard, remains in operation.
Glasgow has the best shopping facilities and attractions in the UK outside of London. Argyll Arcade, is one of the oldest shopping complexes in the UK, and currently houses 32 jewelry stores. Buchanan Galleries, on the other hand, is one of the biggest shopping plazas in the UK.
If you’re interested in antiques and second hand items, you can check out the Merchant City area. Barras on the other hand has shops that specialize in traditional handicrafts and products such as woolens, scarves and kilts, Celtic jewelry, and whisky.
Shops are generally open from Monday to Saturday and closed on Sundays. Big department stores on the other hand are open every day of the week.
Things to See
Newark Castle was built in 1484 and was the former residence of the Maxwell Family. In the 1800s, shipbuilding companies flanked the castle, but now only one shipbuilder, Ferguson Shipbuilding Yard, remains. The castle is now open for public viewing and tours.
The Museum of Transport is one of the more popular museums in the UK, averaging around 500,000 visitors a year. Opened in 1964, it has in its collection a vast array of land and sea vehicles from the early days to the modern times. In here you can find the oldest surviving pedal powered bicycle and cars made by Scottish automobile manufacturers such as Argyll and Arrol Johnson.
Glasgow Cathedral and Glasgow Necropolis were built on the site where the first bishop of Strathclyde, Mungo or St Kentigern, was buried in 612 AD. The Cathedral was renovated and reinforced during the thirteenth and fifteenth century and is the only Scottish medieval church still standing to this day.
For a taste of authentic Scottish food you can visit Molly’s Malone located on Hope Street. The restaurant also has a daytime cafe.
The Grill Room at the Square is known for their award-winning steak and chips. Other lesser known but equally mouth-watering dishes that the restaurant serves are angel grade oysters and fresh lobster salad. The restaurant also has a private function room that can seat 16 people.
Another highly rated restaurant in Glasgow is Sutherland which located at the Argyll Hotel. The restaurant specializes in fine dining, serving exquisite dishes such as breast of chicken stuffed with Haggis and classic pan-fried sirloin steak with onions and mushrooms on the side.