Scotland’s largest city is loud and proud of it. There is nothing about Glasgow that is shy or retiring. So jump on an East Coast train and plunge into this Victorian powerhouse’s world-class museums and rambunctious nightlife.

Our top attraction

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, with its red sandstone spires, is a real treasure trove. Duck underneath a Second World War Spitfire fighter plane as you weave between stuffed elephants and giraffes in the huge west court. Get a first-hand look at Salvador Dali’s perspective-warping Christ of St John of the Cross, voted Scotland’s favourite painting by readers of The Herald newspaper.

Best for nightlife

Glasgow’s famous nightlife comes alive in Merchant City. Join the party in redbrick warehouses converted into cutting-edge clubs or enjoy the laid-back vibe in elegant neoclassical townhouse bars.

Best for dining

As your feet hit the cobbles on Ashton Lane and you leave the towering tenements behind, Glasgow seems to take on a more human scale. Buzzing restaurants and bars open out on to the street, bunched together in two-storey mews-style cottages.

Best for shopping

East Coast trains roll into Queen Street Station and deliver you into the heart of Glasgow’s pedestrianised shopping hub, the Style Mile. A careful selection from the high-street favourites might leave you with enough cash to treat yourself at one of the swanky fashion houses.