Glasgow may officially be Scotland's second city, but it's well ahead on the cool-o-meter.
It’s a brilliant time grab a cheap flight to Scotland. It’s true that this northern city used to have a tough reputation, but recently Glasgow has been transformed into the heartland of cool (opens in a new window), with a vibrant live music scene that rivals any in the UK. Glasgow’s taking ‘regeneration’ to a new level and is now a city as good as any in Scotland.
Rather than ignoring its industrial past, this city's heritage is at the centre of its revival, with the formerly gritty area along the River Clyde now a bustling waterfront that celebrates the city's rich maritime history.
The Riverside Museum (opens in a new window) is absolutely spectacular. It’s a visual treat, and that's just the building. Inside, this well-loved transport and travel museum is far more interesting than it sounds. Believe us.
Glasgow has all the high street names you'd expect, but the more individual among you should head to Byres Road for a rummage in its vintage and charity shops.
If you're lucky enough to be on holiday in Glasgow in June, you won't be able to miss the West End Festival. It’s a fabulous few weeks of dance, theatre, music and events for all ages.
From big-capacity venues to smaller, cooler joints, Glasgow is exploding with live music. It's a great place to catch an intimate gig with an up-and-coming band before they make it.
If you can tear yourself away from Glasgow for a day, take a tour through the Highlands (opens in a new window) to one of Scotland's world-famous distilleries. Tasting is included. (That’s tasting. Not glugging.)