FEEL THE BRAW ENERGY
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.
*RATES QUOTED FOR A ONE-NIGHT STAY ON MAY 9, 2019.