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Scottish experiences

Scottish experiences in Glasgow

Scottish experiences in Glasgow

Glasgow combines contemporary city life with traditional Scottish culture. From seeing Highland Cows to sampling whisky, here are some Scottish experiences to enjoy in the city.

Things to see and do

Try out bagpipes

Learn about the history of the Scottish bagpipes at the museum of piping and even try your hand at them before enjoying a Scottish meal at their Pipers' Tryst Restaurant. Visit thepipingcentre.co.uk for info on this beautiful attraction.

Trace your family history

Discover stories of long-gone ancestors at one of Europe's largest public libraries. The Mitchell Library is home to extensive resources in their Family History Centre, as well as one of the largest Robert Burns Collections in the world. Visit Glasgow Life's website for more info.

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A close-up image of a red-haired Highland calf.

Explore Scottish scenery

Visit some of the city's parks and viewpoints to see just why Glasgow is known as the Dear Green Place. And be sure to visit the city's very own herd of Highland Cattle, in the fields of Pollok Country Park. Visit our parks and gardens page for inspiration.

Play a round of Golf

People travel from across the world to play golf in the country that birthed the sport. In Glasgow, visit Pollok Golf Club's website or Cathcart Castle Golf Club's website to book a round.

Stay in a Castle

Book your stay at one of the city's most lavish hotels for a Scottish fairytale feeling. Check out Sherbrooke Castle Hotel (visit Sherbrooke Castle Hotel's website) in the southside and Crossbasket Hotel just outside of the city (book at Crossbasket Hotel's website).

Visit a historical site

Take in one of the city’s best viewpoints from the top of Queen’s Park, visit the Battlefield Monument beside the park and dine in the quirky Battlefield Rest - this area is where Mary Queen of Scots' infamous Battle of Langside took place in 1568.

Scottish Football Museum

Find out about Scotland's history with the beautiful game at the Scottish Football Museum. Visit scottishfootballmuseum.org.uk for details on Europe's first football museum and to book tours of Scotland's national stadium, Hampden.

Scottish food and drink

Seasonal Scottish food

Scotland is known for its amazing food and drinks produce, famous for its quality beef, seafood, haggis, whisky and more. For Scottish surroundings and fine dining, try Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery. For rustic and charming try The Bothy, where you will be served the likes of Haggis, Neeps & Tatties by kilted staff. Or try some of Scotland's best produce combined with adventurous flavours at Stravaigin. Visit our Scottish restaurants page for more info on each of these restaurants and many more.

For those who want to taste a bit of everything, take award-winning Glasgow Food & Drink Tour. Visit glasgowfoodndrinktour.co.uk for more info.

A dram at the docks

Take a tour of the Clydeside Distillery and find out about Glasgow’s role in taking whisky to the world before sampling drams while enjoying views of the River Clyde. Book a tour at theclydeside.com.

Glasgow whisky bars

There is no shortage of whisky bars in Scotland's largest city. Expect well-stocked shelves, friendly staff and Glaswegian banter from the locals at many city bars that have been open for decades or even centuries! Visit our traditional pubs page for ideas on where to go, including the likes of The Pot Still, The Clutha and The Bon Accord.

A gin on the go

Step aboard a vintage Routemaster bus for an an indulgent afternoon tea with gin. Take in the sights of Glasgow while sipping flavoured Scottish gins. Book a tour at redbusbistro.co.uk.

Scottish culture and heritage

Bright orange lights shine out from the stage onto the audience. Musicians can be seen on the stage with a sign behind them reading 'Celtic Connections'

Traditional music

Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music with a legendary music scene across all genres. It's, therefore, no surprise that the city excels at Scottish and folk music, whether that's bagpiping buskers or hosting the UK's premier celebration of Celtic music.

The city's annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections, takes place each winter, celebrating Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. This year's festival, which is currently on, is running as a hybrid online and in-person event. Check out the line-up at celticconnections.co.uk.

Glasgow becomes the centre of the piping world each August as the World Pipe Band Championships and Piping Live! take place. Around 220 bands from across the world take part in the championships, while Piping Live! is a week-long festival. Visit theworlds.co.uk and pipinglive.co.uk for more details.

You can also stumble upon free live music in traditional Scottish bars across the city. Visit our bars in Glasgow with free live music page for details on bars such as The Ben Nevis Bar, The Islay Inn and many more who run weekly sessions.

Dance the night away at a Scottish ceilidh

Experience this traditional form of Scottish dancing and music which Scots enjoy at celebrations. Head to Sloans in the city centre who run a weekly Friday night ceilidh in their grand ballroom. Visit sloansglasgow.com for more details.

Scottish performance

Visit a comedy club, such as The Stand in the west end, and witness the down-to-earth Scottish humour that has produced legends such as Billy Connolly. An amazing 5 of the 6 National Performing Companies in Scotland are based in Glasgow. Take in an opera, ballet, orchestra or theatre show from one of the national companies and witness some of the country's finest talent. Visit our what's on pages for ideas.

Scottish products to take home

Get kitted out for a kilt in the shop that fitted Sir Sean Connery and Billy Connolly at Slanj Kilts in the city centre. Pick up a bottle of Stobcross Whisky from The Clydeside Distillery, their single malt scotch whisky, which is crafted onsite.

Choose a gift for a loved one at Glasgow Museums shops (Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Riverside Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art) inspired by the museum's collections in the knowledge that funds help support the charity Glasgow Life in its aims to inspire citizens and visitors to lead richer and more active lives through culture and sport.

Visit our Independent shopping in Glasgow page for more inspiration.

Article last updated: May 2022

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