Glasgow’ means ‘dear green place’, recognising the fact that Glasgow has over 90 parks and open spaces, more than any other city its size. Many of them contain some of the city’s main galleries and attractions, facilities for recreational activities, and many fine examples of Victorian sculpture.
Kelvingrove Park contains the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Galleries, the restored Stewart Memorial Fountain and one of the finest bronze statue collections in Europe. Glasgow Green contains the impressive Winter Gardens and the People’s Palace Museum, the restored Doulton Fountain, Nelson’s Column, the MacLennan Arch, the Glasgow Green Football Academy and much more. Among the other parks to see are the Queen’s Park, the exotic Victorian Kibble Palace in Botanic Gardens, Victoria Park’s Fossil Grove, a fascinating display of fossilised tree trunks more than 300 million years old, the House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park, and the Tollcross Park.
Glasgow is one of UK’s most visited cities. The city welcomes 3 million tourists from all over the world each year that are drawn by its wealth of cultural attractions and activities. The city that hosted ‘The Great Exhibitions’ of 1888 and 1901, and was designated ‘European City of Culture’ 1990, has a vast multitude of entertainment venues and events. These include the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and the Citizen’s Theatre, plus many many more.
Residents and visitors from around the UK and overseas are drawn to the city’s expanding shopping outlets. Shopping malls like the chic and trendy Princes Square, the enormous St Enoch Centre, Sauchiehall Street Centre, the historical Argyle Arcade, and the Buchanan Galleries.
Edinburgh is the capital and cultural centre for over 500 years. Described as “Athens of the North”, the famous festival city boasts of Doric columns on Calton Hill, a wide choice of museums and art galleries as well as other historical marvels. Edinburgh actually consists of two cities. The castle set on a high basalt rock dominates the densely populated old town, with a labyrinth of narrow valleys, rows of houses and backyards. The famous “Royal Mile” links the castle with the Palace of Holyrood house. The Georgian new town, itself a masterpiece of town planning from the 18th century, is characterized by grand squares, wide avenues and elegant facades.
The paintings and sculptures on display at National Gallery of Scotland reflect the Renaissance to the Post Impressionist periods. National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland is another go-to-place.
The Edinburgh Zoo, open since 1913, gives you the opportunity to meet over 1,000 animals, and is the most exciting wildlife attraction the country has to offer. Of all the things to see and do here, the most exciting and of course the highlight being the “Penguin Parade”.
A visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia, recommended by BBC News as “Scotland’s leading visitor-friendly attraction” is essential. She is now the seventh most popular paid-for of all Scottish fascinations.
Scotland occupies a northern third of the British Kingdom, and shares its borders with England and is surrounded by seas. It comprises of around 790 beautiful islands.
Rich in culture, it is home to a number of prehistoric castles, museums and battlegrounds. It has an old worldly feel that easily blends in and leaves the viewer breathless. Its mountains, lush green valley’s are also famous for their extensive flora and fauna.
The regions of Scotland have through the centuries maintained their differences. The Highlanders, largely Gaelic speaking were mobile cattle farmers, while the Lowlanders, English speaking, were firmly planted arable farmers. The Lowlands is the most densely populated region, an area of impressive castles, palaces, medieval burghs intertwined between the two impressive cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Highlands are characterised by the mountainous scenery, beautiful coastlines and a number of interesting islands.
The Loch Ness “monster” referred to at times as “Nessie” is an plesiosaur-like creature supposed to be living in Loch Ness, a long, deep lake near Inverness, Scotland. Unlike many of the other strange creatures on these pages Nessie is tied to a single geographic location. Loch Ness monster is usually described as having a small head, long neck, broad body, four flippers and a long tail. It can be called a ‘cryptid’ is used in cryptozoology and refers to a hidden creature or living creature which might exist.