About Christian W
Lives in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Since Nov 2013
35-49 year old male
I've lived in Scotland for most of my adult life but am now largely based in the Montreal, Canada. I've been a travel writer for over a decade and have worked on projects big and small: from guidebooks through magazine and newspaper articles to apps and website content. Even when not working I'm always exploring – usually on one of my ten bicycles, and often using the one with the child seat for my young daughter!
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites
Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
This eclectic museum is packed full of treasures – from medieval armour to contemporary art – and is far and away the most visited Glasgow museum. Unmissable for any museum lover.
Glasgow's Botanic Gardens date back to 1817, though their landmark glasshouses - including the handsome Kibble Palace – arrived decades later. Today, it’s a popular local hangout, making people-watching an added attraction, and best visited during the gardens’ regular art exhibitions, theatrical performances and festivals.
One of the city’s best-known and liveliest streets, Buchanan Street is mostly just a line of chain stores. But there’s a nice buzz about this pedestrianised zone all the same, and it's common to see street performers here.
Glaswegians are sometimes dubbed 'the Italians of Scotland' for their gregariousness and style-conscious showiness. See where the real fashionistas among them shop in this lovely sandstone mall. It's full of art deco touches, ornate iron work, classy boutiques and good for people-watching – whatever the weather.
Once the extraordinary 18th-century mansion of tobacco magnate William Cunningham, this building now provides attractive exhibit spaces – complete with stained glass and Corinthian columns – for stimulating contemporary art. Nicknamed GOMA, the museum has a solid permanent collection (Scottish artists include Peter Howson, John Byrne, Toby Paterson, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Tim Stead) but is often a better bet for its temporary exhibitions.
Of all of Glasgow's landmarks, the wide-open plaza of George Square is probably its key focal point. Steady traffic and a railway station always give it a vibrant bustle and it's full of self-confident Victorian architecture and statues to admire.
Glasgow's most prestigious structure and arguably Britain's finest-looking council building, the City Chambers, were modelled on Classical Italian architecture and completed in 1888. The ground-floor mosaic ceilings and mighty Italian marble stairwells are open to the public.
In 1451, and around a century after it was built, Pope Nicholas V declared Glasgow Cathedral equal to Rome as a place of pilgrimage. Amazingly, the roof timbers are original but it's the exquisite stained glass that steals the show.
The atmospherically decrepit Necropolis lies on the on the adjacent hill and bristles with extravagant tombs. It's very photogenic and you'll have a great view of the city from here.
Developed from the 1750s onwards, the Merchant City was once a district of residences and warehouses of wealthy Glasgow merchants who largely made their money in shipping, tobacco, sugar or tea. In recent decades this attractively regenerated area has become a key leisure district, featuring many of the city's most innovative bars and restaurants.
One of the Merchant City's longest standing and most reliably good places is this leading seafood restaurant. Set meals work out very reasonably – given the quality – for a delicious three course at dinner.