Vibrant and energetic, Glasgow enjoys a year-round buzz that visitors just love, with an arts scene that regularly produces cutting-edge productions and attracts high-profile exhibitions that led to the city being crowned as a European City of Culture in 1990.

Glasgow's shopping crucible of Argyll Street, Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street have helped to make it the UK's largest shopping centre outside London's West End. A must for fashionistas!

Crowned the UK's City of Architecture and Design in 1999, the city's architecture is certainly an attraction in itself, particularly its impressive Victorian structures and of course, the unique masterpieces of one of the city's most celebrated sons, architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Glasgow's most recent accolade is UNESCO City of Music. The city has produced a wealth of talented musicians, is bursting at the seams with music venues, and enjoys a year round feast of music events.

Glasgow's residents enjoy a great passion for sport and look forward to being the proud host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Step outside the city into some of Scotland's most vibrant scenery: from the waterfalls of the Clyde Valley to the fantastic walks of East Dunbartonshire, you can enjoy an idyllic day in the country – and a short drive later – be back in the heart of Glasgow.

Visit Scotland: Plan your trip to Glasgow and beyond

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