Touring Clyde Valley, Central Scotland - and visit nearby Glasgow
The Clyde Valley Tourist Route
The Clyde Valley Tourist Route makes its picturesque way to the upper reaches of the River Clyde and the World Heritage Site of New Lanark, a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village first built by the famous social reformer Robert Owen.
The official route begins at the M74 at Abington Interchange. Heading up the A702 from Abington, it does not use the A73 to cut the corner and head directly to St John's Kirk, instead it follows the A702 to the south of Biggar and then takes the A72 westwards to Hamilton. Through Lanark, from St John's Kirk to Kaimrig End, the A72 is the junior partner in a concurrency with the A73. In Lanark, the route diverts from the A73 to take the B7017 and A743 route via the station, to avoid the one-way system in the town centre.
At Larkhall, northbound access is given to the M74 (junction 7), skipping out Hamilton. In Hamilton the tourist route enters from the south on the A72, before turning right onto the A723 at Low Patrick Street and right again at Keith Street Roundabout, before ending at M74 junction 6.
Great Places to Visit in Glasgow
"Glasgow's Alive" - in fact a gross understatement of a city which has seen a remarkable transformation over the last 20 years or so into one of the most vibrant, welcoming, characterful, cosmopolitan cities in Western Europe. Glasgow, European City of Culture in 1990, and City of Architecture in 1999, has something for everyone. You'll be intrigued, challenged, and just have great days and nights out in Glasgow. A visit to Glasgow is an experience never to be forgotten. The hotel is only 30 minutes from Glasgow by car. Here are some of our top recommendations - - - -
Our top dozen Glasgow visitor highlights
1 Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
You won't be disappointed by the well organised collection of great paintings by Botticelli, Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, and Picasso. You'll also find suits of armour and sections on natural history.
2 The Mackintosh Collection
The highlight of the Glasgow School of Art is The Mackintosh Collection which is considered the best example of famous Glaswegian architect Rennie Mackintosh's bold style of design. Though many come to see the building itself, it also hosts varied exhibitions and often displays cutting edge works from students at the school. Don't miss the exhibit of Mackintosh's own paintings.
3 Burrell Collection
This is Glasgow's most extensive and diverse museum. Bequeathed to the city in 1944 by Sir William Burrell, the collection includes impressionist paintings by Degas, Bellini, and Sisley as well as Greek and Roman artifacts, Chinese urns from several dynasties, elaborate tapestries, ceramics and more.
4 Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum
Opened in 1807, this is the oldest public museum in Scotland. Part of the University of Glasgow, the gallery showcases several schools of art, including 16th and 17th century paintings, British and French paintings from 1700-1840, Scottish Colourists, and the Whistler Collection.
5 Gallery of Modern Art
This is one of the most popular art galleries in the city. Fronted by imposing Corinthian columns and housing four distinct galleries inside, each of which is devoted to an element: fire, air, earth and water
Known as Britain's top transportation museum, here you'll find information about every form of transport you can think of, such as cars, bikes, buses, ships and more. Special exhibits focus on topics such as the shipbuilding industry, Glasgow's underground railway and a detailed, authentically recreated Glasgow street circa 1938.
7 Glasgow Science Centre
Scotland's leading Science attraction offers great fun, hands on science adventures and days out for all the family. Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland's must see visitor attractions, presenting concepts of science and technology in unique and inspiring ways. Featuring IMAX, the ultimate movie experience, with crystal clear images and wrap around digital surround sound. IMAX lets you feel like you're really there.
8 The Piping Centre
The National Piping Centre serves as the international centre of excellence for bagpipes. As a showcase for artefacts from the National Museums of Scotland, the Museum of Piping houses the most authoritative display of its kind anywhere. Already, the National Piping Centre’s collection of archival material is an internationally respected resource for serious students and musicologists.
9 The Scottish Football Museum
As one of Glasgow's Leading Attractions, the Scottish Football Museum is an ideal day out for families, avid football fans and novices eager to gain knowledge of Scottish football. With over 2500 objects on display, the museum is home to the world’s most impressive national collection of football related objects,memorabilia and ephemera.
10 Glasgow Cathedral
At first glance, you know this church has played a key role in history since medieval times. This is in fact the oldest medieval church in Scotland, founded by St. Mungo in 543 AD. It has been rebuilt several times but sections still remain from the 12th century. Outside, the Old Churchyard has a haunting medieval ambience. Inside, don't miss the carvings, memorials, or the crypt of St. Mungo in the lower church.
11 People’s Palace and Winter Gardens
This is an important stop for learning about Glasgow's unique history since 1175. Through informative art exhibits, visitors learn about the tobacco lords, industrialization, social changes, and the development of science and art.
12 House for an Art Lover
Designed by celebrated local Rennie Mackintosh, who drew the plans for the home to enter a contest in 1901, this house wasn't actually built until the mid-1990s. Several permanent exhibitions are on display in rooms such as the Music Room and the Oval Room, most showing Mackintosh's designs and some of his crafts and drawings. But the main exhibit here is the house itself, with stark contrasts, ornate metalwork, and massive doors leading to graceful balconies.
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