This region covers: the area in and around the City of Glasgow; the north bank of the Clyde Estuary (Dumbarton, Helensburgh); the south bank of the Clyde Estuary (Paisley and Greenock areas); and the River Clyde Valley (Lanark area and Biggar).
Glasgow, a former shipbuilding seaport, is a vibrant city, with an abundance of activities and attractions on offer and serves as a convenient base for day trips to the mountains and islands to the north and west, and to the beaches and attractions in Ayrshire to the south-west. Edinburgh, the more genteel capital of Scotland which has a different heritage, is only an hour away by car or train (the bus takes a bit longer).
Glasgow's architecture includes many outstanding buildings by famous architects such as Alexander 'Greek' Thomson (late 19th century) and Charles Rennie Mackintosh (early 20th century). It gained the title of the City of Culture in 1990 and boasts a magnificent Concert Hall, many famous museums and art galleries, (such as the Burrell Collection and the recently refurbished Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum), lots of places of historical interest and an abundance of theatres, restaurants, pubs, clubs and has a lively music community. You can shop till you drop in Glasgow - from a wide range of designer shops to the 'Barras', an open-air market at the east end of the centre.
The Clyde Estuary
Dumbarton and Helensburgh lie on the north bank of the Clyde Estuary, the latter being where Charles Rennie Mackintosh was born and where he built Hill House in 1902 - a popular visitor attraction which is remarkably contemporary to today. To the south of the estuary are Paisley, with a historically flourishing textile industry, and Greenock on the banks of the estuary, a famous shipbuilding town with magnificent views over the Firth of Clyde to the mountains.
The River Clyde Valley
This area lies south-east of Glasgow, following the River Clyde through Lanarkshire with many places of interest to visit. Examples of these include: the vast Strathclyde Country Park; the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre; and New Lanark, a village built by Robert Owen in the late 18th century to meet the social welfare needs of his cotton mill workers.
List of cottages in this area:
- No Pets
- No Smoking
- Short Breaks available
This ground floor apartment is in a leafy cul de sac terrace of elegant sandstone houses in Glasgow's fashionable West End, overlooking Kelvingrove Park. Bright, spacious and very comfortable, it is a perfect base for exploring this most vibrant and exciting of Scottish cities.