Lanarkshire is dominated by the city of Glasgow and the banks of the River Clyde as it weaves its way through Scotland. Often seen as an industrial and urbanized sprawl, Glasgow has a number of sophisticated shopping centres and an artistic heritage.
Glasgow is a beautiful Victorian city and is a centre for appreciating the talents of Charles Rennie Macintosh who lived here. Many of his designs can be seen around the city and tours of the main sights are available. Glasgow School of Art is considered to be one of Charles Rennie Macintosh’s greatest Architectural works and can be visited. At the Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum there are more Rennie Macintosh works as well as paintings by Whistler and other artists. Take tea at the Willow Tea Rooms with its exquisite design.
The centre of Glasgow has a dominating cathedral and some great shopping streets which include Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street. The Barras is the busy weekend market in the East End. Two main football teams play in the city, Celtic and Rangers.
At Pollack Country Park the Burrell Collection can be visited which is a magnificent collection of tapestries, paintings and other interesting items. Just outside Glasgow spend time at Culzean Castle at its cliff edge location. This became the first public country park in Scotland and dates from the sixteenth century. Glasgow has concert venues, excellent restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. Other towns in the Lanarkshire area which grew up around the industrial age include Airdrie, Motherwell and Coatbridge.
Take a trip on the River Clyde to appreciate the industry in the area and the growth of trade. Lanarkshire and Glasgow are ideally placed for exploring other parts of Scotland and have excellent transport links to other parts of the United Kingdom.