Tourist Information: 35 St Vincent Place, Glasgow. 041-227 4880.

(posted Nov 2011): Glasgow Central (041-221 5257), Glasgow, Queen Street (041-332 7635).

'Glasgow's miles better,' says the slogan. A visit, however brief, proves the point. Traditional smoke-blackened Glasgow is now all but gone, but the new Glasgow is just the same lively, warm-hearted place it always was and an excellent touring centre by train and boat. Unashamedly a big city, Glasgow never forgets its location close to both Highlands and Lowlands and impressive mountain and loch scenery is only half an hour away.

Standing on the river Clyde, Glasgow has always been a great trading port with worldwide links. Railways are important to Glasgow too for many great locomotives for the world's railways were built there. Arriving by train is a good way to sense the atmosphere of the city. Most people approach from the south through industrial suburbs and across the Clyde into Central Station. Others make a sudden, dashing entry to Queen Street - one minute the train is in hill-girt country, the next it plunges into the tunnel which leads right to the very end of the platform. The choice of journey from the south is by Electric Scot from London Euston, or by InterCity 125 from Kings Cross via Edinburgh.

Glasgow's origins go back to the sixth century St Mungo, who settled on the banks of the River Clyde, which was then well stocked with salmon. It was in the eighteenth century that Glasgow really came into its own as a trading port and then it took an integral part in the Industrial Revolution. It was a place of tremendous drive and energy which culminated in the building of the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth in the 2000s.

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