Glasgow

Gay Glasgow – Glasgow Travel Guide

With its revitalised riverfront, fashion-forward shopping, and contemporary art scene, Glasgow has successfully reinvented itself from a city of post-industrial grit and gangs to Scotland's cosmopolitan capital of culture. It's true; there's never been a better time to visit Glasgow. The best introduction to the city starts with a stroll through town, where a stunningly eclectic mix of architecture showcases the evolution of Glasgow's rich cultural heritage. Think opulent Victorian mansions (Glasgow was once the Second City of the British Empire), masterpieces by genius architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and the award-winning, neo-futuristic Riverside Museum. While Gay Edinburgh tends to get all the fame, Glasgow is home to a thriving gay community, largely influenced by the fabulous Glasgay Festival that encouraged growing diversity and acceptance in the city for over two decades. Whether it's over a cosy pint at the pub or via a fierce allnighter on the dance floor, expect a thriving gay Glasgow nightlife scene that promises a little something for everyone. Now, unearth the best of this intriguing metropolis with this ultimate gay Glasgow guide.

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The best hotels in Glasgow

Turn back time with a stay at The Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel, a terrace of four 19th-century Georgian townhouses that have been reimagined into a glamorous hotel overlooking lush private gardens. Original architectural details like marble fireplaces and decadent wood panelling stand testament to the property’s aristocratic roots, while sexy red and black velvet seating feels distinctly contemporary. Afford time in your Glasgow sightseeing itinerary to indulge in one of the on-site therapeutic spa treatments, followed by sinking into a gorgeous Harris Tweed armchair (glass of bubbly in hand) at the hotel’s award-winning cocktail bar: The Salon. Another stylish Glasgow hotel with 19th-century roots, boutique Hotel Indigo lies in a magnificent Victorian building—what was originally one of Glasgow’s first power stations. Today, Hotel Indigo continues to pay tribute to its rich heritage. Walls display spectacular murals by local artists—many depicting iconic Glaswegian poets and musicians—and the restaurant specializes in updated takes on classic regional favourites (always from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.)

Crossbasket Castle

Crossbasket Castle

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Original architectural details like marble fireplaces and decadent wood panelling stand testament to the property’s aristocratic roots, while sexy red and black velvet seating feels distinctly contemporary

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