Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland
A titan of culture and character with a disarmingly warm welcome Glasgow is a lively Scottish city with bucket-loads of personality. Built on a bedrock of hard-work and deep industrial roots the city is a fascinating balance of old and new. Architectural treasures like the elegant Glasgow City Chambers of 1888 blend with new angular shocks like the Riverside Museum and armadillo-shaped Clyde Auditorium - both part of a clutch of exciting new developments along the River Clyde’s banks. Also towering over the river - and perhaps Glasgow’s mightiest symbol - is the Titan - a colossal crane and an almighty reminder of Glasgow’s heritage as a constructor of giant battleships and cruise liners. George Square is at the heart of it all overlooked by Glasgow City Chambers and adorned with memorials columns and statues honouring influential Scots and Prime Ministers of history. The sounds of shoppers and searing bagpipes rattle along the bustling Buchanan Street where you can stroll and shop to your heart’s content. Stumble across the West End - Glasgow’s quirkier side - which is brimming with brightly painted cafes and pubs of character and characters and the perfect spot for a sit-down. Glasgow’s Medieval Cathedral is the city’s oldest building and one of Scotland’s oldest cathedrals while the university is an immaculate turreted and vaulted temple of learning. With enormous concert halls overflowing museums and storied castles Glasgow is one of the United Kingdom’s most characterful rewarding cities.