Vacations In Glasgow

The article below takes a look at the Scottish city of Glasgow, once the second city of the British Empire, and some of the places in and around the area that you may wish to visit if you choose to take a vacation here.

Scotland is well known for such things as bagpipes, kilts and tartan and these items are closely associated with the turbulent history of the small nation in the United Kingdom of Great Britain. Scotland’s history is often described as bloodthirsty at the very least an certainly the breathtaking scenery is littered with evidence of the nation’s struggles through the ages and many such landmarks and ancient sites attract a great many visitors each year.

Sometimes it can be difficult to get around to see a reasonable number of these important sites but if you choose to stay in Glasgow you will be pleasantly surprised how many superb historical sites are within easy reach. Below I take a look at three brilliant examples of the places you can visit when you stay in this exciting city, Glasgow Cathedral, Crookston Castle and Newark Castle.

Glasgow Cathedral

St. Mungo is the patron saint of Glasgow and the city’s most ancient Cathedral is dedicated to him. Glasgow has much to thank the saint for as it was he who first built a church there in the seventh century thus setting the foundations of this important city. St. mungo died in 612 and his original building was extended, altered and eventually replaced during the twelfth to thirteenth centuries. The Cathedral was consecrated in the year 1197, making it one of only a small number of medieval ecclesiastical buildings still standing following the destruction during the years of the Scottish Reformation and it is one of Glasgow’s most important landmarks.

Crookston Castle

Crookston Castle is a twelfth century ringwork fortress and keep made of stone. The castle was built by Sir Robert de Croc and, in the fourteenth century the castle and it’s lands came into the possession of Sir Alan Stewart and then the 1st Lord Darnley, Sir John Stewart. The castle has a strong association with the tragic Mary Queen of Scots who married Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley (her second husband).

Newark Castle

Newark Castle sits on the south shore of the Firth of Clyde, enjoying wonderful views across the river. In 1478, George Maxwell inherited the Barony of Finlanstone, and built himself a castle on the site. There are still parts of his castle visible today. Major changes were made to Newark Castle by the most notorious of George Maxwell’s descendants, Sir Patrick Maxwell. In 1597, Sir Patrick constructed a new north range replacing the earlier hall, in the form of a three storey Renaissance mansion. In 1694, the last Maxwell died, and the castle was sold. When the last owner died, in 1909, the castle passed into state care, and is now looked after by Historic Scotland.

Of course there are numerous other historic places to visit in and around Glasgow but I hope that the three introduced above inspire you to discover more. Hopefully it will not be too long before you decide that your only option is to take a city break in Glasgow.