. . $3.. ... - ., . ,- ....., t. .- {a .. Opinions vary but it remains busy notable forthe draught F. . . F. . . Fu . . . Furstenberg. The restaurant downstairs is one of GlangW‘s finest.

The Cul-de-Sac 44/46 Ashton Lane. The trendiest bar in the West End. always busy and frequently precious. ll Tramonto 317 Great Western Road. Small. Italian. recommended. The chippie does a mean fritter.

II Pescatore As above. but as the name would suggest. very much

more seafood-orientated. No fritters .


The Asholta 108 Elderslie Street. In the top three of Glasgow‘s curry houses. Great food. great service and nice touches like real cream in the coffee and iced water. Busy. but definitely worth queuing for.

The Buttery 652 Argyle Street. Off the beaten track . . .well . . .offthe Anderston flyover to be exact. I have yet to hear a bad word about this place even if it is on the pricey side. Firhill Home ofPartick Thistle Football Club (even though it‘s in Maryhill) and a pilgrimage for Glasgow‘s mentally unstable (only kidding). If you want to know about suffering turn up here every second Saturday. Curiously enough. this season sees Firhill being shared with Clyde FC the only such arrangement in the country.

The Forth and Clyde Canal runs through Maryhill and is a scandalous deathtrap. How many more people have to drown in it before Glasgow District Council do something about it?

Baird Hall Sauchiehall Street. An old hotel. this is now Strathclyde University‘s biggest halls of residence. Ugly. out ofdate. but lovable.

The Art School Renfrew Street. Charles Rennie Mackintosh‘s most famous building; but then. you knew that.

West Princes Street and West End Park

Street off Woodlands Road Glasgow‘s version of St Paul‘s.

Toxteth or Brixton. Oh yes. Scottish 1 Ballet is round here somewhere. Bet ,

they wish they weren‘t.

ISLANDS One of the nearest and most '

accessible islands for a day trip is Cumbrae. in the Firth of Clyde off Largs. With its main town of Millport. Cumbrae is a pleasant little island and has been a favourite with holidaymakers for many years. Ferries run frequently from Largs. but it is pricey to transport a car across and the size of the island makes it unnecessary. Instead. why not hire a bike for the day from one of the many hire shops and cycle the 12 miles round the island before having a well-deserved drink or ice-cream at one of the seafront cafes or bars. Caledonian McBrayne run ferries every half hour from Largs, at quarter to and quarter past the hour. Fare is£1 .70 per person return and a hefty £6.55 per car. not including passengers.

INSECTS During August the Dolpin Arts Centre is taking its Insect Zoo to

the Winter Palace ofthe People‘s

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Palace on Glasgow Green. With such creepy-crawlies as bird-eating spiders. pink-toed tarantulas and scorpions it is proving a hit with Glasgow‘s kids this summer. The People‘s Palace is open Mon—Sat 10am—5pm and Sunday 2—5pm. Free. The insects are returned each day to the Dolphin Arts Centre in Bridgeton. however. so it is best to go along before 4.30pm. INFORMATION Glasgow Tourist Information Offices 35—39 St Vincent Street. Mon—Sat 9am—9pm. Sunday 10am-6pm. With information on accommodation. shops and all manner of literature about trips.

events. days out etc. they are blessed I

with efficient and friendly staff. IMPRESSIONISTS Are just one of the attractions ofthe Burrell Collection situated in Pollok Park in the South West ofGlasgow. Open Mon—Sat 10am—5pm and 2-5pm on Sun. it is still Scotland‘s tOp tourist attraction and completely unmissable. JAPANESE The only example of Japanese architecture in the city is the Squareyard Market at the Barras. Part ofthis world famous market. it is open Sat and Sun and is especially good for old clothes and bric-a-brac such as prints and jewellery. KELVINGROVE One of the largest and most popular parks in the city, Kelvingrove is in the West End. adjacent to the University and on the banks ofthe River Kelvin. Much loved by students. do-walkers and a seemingly endless number of joggers. Recently an English businessman announced that he was going to bring punting to the River. but sadly we have heard no more of this. What it does have though is an attractive duckpond and some rather less attractive and neglected statues and fountain. KELBURN This country centre on the A78 between Largs and Fairlie is only a short drive from Glasgow and features such attractions as waterfalls. nature walks. pony trekking. Commando assault course (1’) and Pets‘ Corner. Kelburn is probably the most attractive of these centres and is built on the old estate of the Earls ofGlasgow. ()pen until

19 Oct. 10am—6pm daily. Adult £1.50. Child/OAP£1. A free minibus service runs from Largs Station at 11am and 2.20pm Mon—Sat and 11.30am and 2pm Sun. This is a handy alternative to a trip to Cumbrae. should Cal-Mac be on one oftheir not infrequent stoppages. LOCH LOMONO About 15 miles north of Glasgow Loch Lomond is still one of the most popular spots for a day

out. Good pubs and restaurants. ' picnic areas. Cameron Park and

breathtaking scenery are the reasons why. For a lazy, restful day. Balloch Park is worth a visit. look round the visitor centre in Balloch Castle. then just admire the views as they slope down to the loch. Thirty minutes away by car along Great Western Road. it is also well served by blue-line trains from Queen Street Station and Balloch and Alexandria Buses from Buchanan Street

. . t: 1) Station. LUNCH Since the much-vaunted relaxation of Glasgow’s Licensing i Laws. pubs have rapidly become the best places for lunch in the city. Recommended are The Horse Shoe j Drury Street. The Exchequer g Dumbarton Road and Times Square ' St Enoch Square. For more exotic tastes. both Indian and Chinese restaurants provide cheap. three course lunches some of the best being the Shallmar Gibson Street. Indus Sauchiehall Street, Lotus Garden Gt Western Road. Pizzaville % Bath Street occasionally does a special lunchtime menu of V2 pizza. 1 baked potato and salad for 99p. MACKINTOSH The ubiquitous Charles Rennie has finally become appreciated by his home town and how. Everywhere in the city now sports his distinctive. art deco motifs. To appreciate the undoubted genius of the man the places to visit are Glasgow School of Art Renfrew Street. Scotland Street School (Now the Museum of Education) and Mackintosh House a recreation of his home in Southpark Avenue wich is now part of the University‘s Hunterian Gallery. Open 9.30am—5pm Mon—Fri and 9.30am—lpm on Sat (closed for lunch 12.30—1 .30pm). The Willow Tea Rooms above Henderson‘s the Jewellers shop in Sauchiehall Street is the last remaining example of his famous tea rooms and is notable. if somewhat gaudy. MUSEUMS Glasgow is blessed with many excellent ones. Twice names Museum ofthe Year. the University‘s Hunterian Museum (Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm. Sat 9.30am—lpm) has some permanent and temporary exibitions. Collection includes as Captain Cook‘s Pacific Treasures and the Bearsden Shark (NB not a bookie). Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum at Kelvingrove is perhaps the best known open 10am-5pm Mon—Sat and 2—5pm Sun. It combines museum. first class art gallery and temporary exhibitions. NIGHTLIFE Glasgow. so it is said. has the best nightlife ofany British city after London. Certainly publications like i-D magazine think so. as they are coming up to report on it later this summer. Almost every month. it seems. a new disco opens in Glasgow and there is no shortage ofplaces to go for ‘the dancing‘. One of the newest is Club Malaria. Lucliers 22 Jamaica Street every Thurs 10.30pm—3amm £2 (£1 .50). With alternative and independent music. it also has occasional live music. On Sundays. Fresh. Joe Paparazzi 520 Sauchiehall Street has quickly become known as the place to be (11pm—3.30am. £3.50). NIGHTIME THEATRE In recent years late-night theatre at Kelvingrove Bandstand in Kelvingrove park has become increasingly popular. We have had The Hunchback ofNotre Dame and a memorable The Taming ofthe Shrew by Channel 5 Theatre in

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pubs. carry-out in hand and has a good time. Not to bemissed. OBSERVATORY Opened in 1883, Coats Observatory in Paisley has been described as one of the best equipped small observatories in the country. Housed in one ofthe earliest buildings to be built with disabled people in mind. the Observatory has. in addition to the telescopes. the facilities which make it the major seismic station in South West Scotland as well as displays on astronomy. meteorology and space

flight and as a station built to receive '

pictures from weather satellites. Coats Observatory is in Oakshaw Street. behind Paisley‘s Museum and Art Gallery. Open Mon—Fri 2-5pm and Sat 10am—1pm. 2-5pm. Closed Sundays.

OUT For those who have ‘come out‘ in Glasgow. there are a number of places where gay people can get together in pleasant surroundings. The premier gay disco in Glasgow is Bennets 90 Glassford Street. Open Tue. Fri. Sat. Sun where the atmosphere is never threatening. Likewise Squires West Campbell Street. is a nice. friendly. gay bar. One of the few seedy parts of Glasgow gay life is the amount of ‘cruising‘ that goes on at the Kelvinside Walkway in Kelvingrove Park after dark a place to be avoided by straights and gays alike.

POLLOK ESTATE This part of Glasgow 5

contains many attractions close together; Pollok Country Park. Pollok House. Burrell Collection and Demonstration Garden amongst others. Pollok House. built in the 18th century has the Stirling Maxwell Collection of Spanish and other European paintings as well as furniture and silver. The Country

Park has walks. displays. tours and a

collection of Highland Cattle. The park and estate are open daily from

7am until nightfall and Pollok House

is open Mon-Sat 10am—5pm (Sun 2—5pm). Admission to both is free. PUBS If you are in the South West of the City then probably the best known pub is The Granary 10 Kilmarnock Road. which is large and popular- possibly because it also does rather good food Mexican style ifyou feel like it. Also in the

South Side is The Village 71 '1

Kilmarnock Road. a recently renovated bar. also provides good food. bar lunches etc.

QUEEN'S PARK As well as being the home team at Hampden. this is the South Side‘s answer to Kelvingrove.

Named after Mary Queen ofScots and spread over 148 acres between Pollockshaws Road. Langside Road and Langside Avenue this is one of the most popular parks in the city— more spacious than Kelvingrove. it has a fair-sized boating pond where rowing boats can be hired as well as some of the best views of Glasgow from its upper terraces.

OUIET PLACES There’s not too many of these in Glasgow. but one ofthe quietest is The Mitchell Library North Street. One of the best public reference libraries in Europe the