FEEL THE BRAW EN­ERGY

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET GLASGOW -

Get­ting off the beaten track doesn’t al­ways mean re­mote. If you find your­self re­turn­ing to the UK like a hom­ing pi­geon but want a new city to ex­plore, Glas­gow is less tar­tan and cas­tles than fa­mous Ed­in­burgh, and more street art, live mu­sic and ar­chi­tec­ture nous.

Scot­land’s largest city also houses the largest shop­ping hub in the UK out­side Lon­don, which might ex­plain why Aus­tralians are the big­gest spenders. Get­ting there is easy with Emi­rates’ daily flights to Dubai con­nect­ing to two daily Glas­gow ser­vices.

Laura Speirs of Glas­gow Life (peo­ple­make­glas­gow.com.au) says it’s a young, en­er­getic city.

“There was a real pre­con­ceived idea of Glas­gow back in the 1950s but it was the pow­er­house of in­dus­try in Scot­land and Europe … so the wealth the city en­joyed in those days has been left be­hind and ev­ery­body gets to en­joy it. Art is not for the elite … that’s why our ma­jor art gal­leries and mu­se­ums are open to the pub­lic for free.

And be­ing a UN­ESCO City of Mu­sic, you’ve got to go see bands. Glas­gow hosts more than 130 per­for­mances ev­ery week.

CE­LESTE MITCHELL

*RATES QUOTED FOR A ONE-NIGHT STAY ON MAY 9, 2019.

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