I Provand's Lordship 3 Castle Street. 553 88 l t). The oldest house in (ilasgow (Ll-’1). Displays of period house interiors. I Museum of Transport Kelyin llall. Bunhouse Road. 35-7 392‘). Devoted to the whole history of means of transportation the model ships w ould be worth a museum ot their

Green Spots

(ilaxgow is proud of its nickname ‘l)ear ( ireen l’lacc' and rightly so torit hax 2b“ parks arid gardens. more per acre than any other lzuropean City.

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llt\ ented the steam engine (a plaqrrc marks the spot ) hasa quality of rixown.

I Botanic Gardenstirear Western Road Queen Margaret l)rr\e ( l' llrllhcad). lluge central conxery atory is the Krbble l’alace. lllll (it tropical exotica. (iar den opeti dawn trll drixk. Kll‘l‘le l’alace Warn -1 ~15pm. cyery day.

I Kelvin Walkway and Kelvingrove Parklt'

Rely inbr idge ) 'l he taxt tlowrng Rry er Rely in runs in a deeptree-lmedgorgc through the rnrddle of the city and its banks arelealy and pleasant though not

w ithout their fair share of rubbish. the 85-acre l’ark. open 9am till dusk. lies at one end (it the 3 rntlc walkway and is dominated by the towerot the l ‘niyersity on(ir|more llill. lt‘x home toseyeral important museums and galleries and because Ul ilS lully aspect. ornamental lakes and many tlowering xhr ubx. rx most atlractiy e (though not a place toget stuck in after dark ).

I P0ll0k Park on the south side til the City . home (it the famous Burrcll Collection (qy ) and l’ollok l louse. (Ztlbll t’ollokxhawx Road. open lltam 5pm Mon SaILZ 5pmSun.(y32 lilililyy William and .lohn Adam. w luch rtxclt houses many trnc picturexllzl (ircco andCroya ) and turniturc. the park. open eyer'y day S dusk. gifted tothe City by the Maxwell tarnlly w ho had |i\ ed on the land for Titliyearx. rx

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Scotish Television's soap Take the l ligh Road. Less than twenty miles by road to the southern end bill it gets quieteras you go ftrrther north. Or take the train (low ley el from Queen Street to Balloch where there are lots of

y isitor facilities. boat trips etc.)

I Isle olArranoiren thought of as Scotland in miniature with its mountains in the north and moorland in the sortth. this little iewcl set in the mouth of the Clyde ixa potential day-trip. if you make an early start. Roador rail (Centralito A rdrosxan and catch the ferry (55 mins) to Brodiek.

IWesi Highland Railway from Queen Street. Regular. it infrequent. sery ices go all the way to l‘ort William and ()ban on the west coast btrt ey en the first hour or two out of (ilasgow aboy e the (iareloch and l.oeh and then up ( ilcn l‘alloch toCrianlarich is a remarkabletrip mostly for the scenery littt alxo tor the slice r audacity of building a railway in this mountainousterrain. Scotrail Queen Street 204 2x44,

IAyr heart of Robert Burns country . w hoto Scots. and to one or two enlightened outsiders. is beyond question the world‘s greatest poet and humanist. Ayrshire is lull of monuments tothe immortal memory and Ayr itself ix a pretty enough seaside town. About 35 mins by rail (Central Station speaking timetable Ill 51M} )1 slightly longer by road.

I Nuclear Target Zone one (ti-[lit biggest concentrations of nuclear weaponry in Europe ix (list to the w ext of (ilasgow in the l loly l.oeh. ( iareloch and l.oeh w here the nuclear submarine bases are. For a really frightening atternoon. go to (ir'eenock. climb upl.yle l lrll at the back of the town to('t';tigx'lop where there ix a panoramic y iew ot the l-‘irth of Clyde and a signpost pointing exactly what's stored w here. (frequent trains to (ir‘eenock trout Central ). I New Lanark New low he didn‘t start with Milton Keynes. In 17W Mill

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I Princes Street Remains irrxtly famous for its splendid positionopposite and below the craggy Castle Rock and is possibly the only street in a capitalcily tohaye buildingsalongoneside only (somethingyalued sufficiently to be protected by an Act of Parliament ). 'l'hix consequently allows uninterrupted y iewx of the castle. something well exploited by the magnificent firework display from the Castle batttementxduringthe iidinburgh Festival.

\ey erthelexx. many feel it has been spoilt by rampant commercialism and it ix both the centre of the city and its premier shopping centre. it also neatly diy idex the ( )Id and New 'Iiownx.

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I Tourist Information and Accommodation Office Waverley Market. 557 2737. Mon—Sat

8.3(iam -8pm. Sun Ham—8pm (until 9pm during Festival ) and Iidinburgh Airport. 333

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8.30am 9.30pm. Sun U.3Uam--‘).3llpm ). For all information on Iidinburgh (for info on Scotland see Tourist Board below). Also offers the main accommodation service (see below). Most European languages are spoken and they also sell tickets for Scottish evenings. day trips by coach. National Trust and ()pen to View properties. though not for the Festival. (See Festival entry below).

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Mon—Sat 8.3(lam-8pm. Sun 10am—6pm. A sort of ‘travel shop' for visitors and locals with information on the whole of Scotland. Facilities include a travel agency. Bureau de Change. Book a Bed Ahead Service (see Accommodation below ), car rental and a Scottish bookshop. Outside the building there is a 34 hour computer screen to access essential information (addresses and tel nos etc) when the office is closed. I Citizens Advice Bureau 58 Dundas Street. 557 1500. Mon--Fri 9.3(lam—4pm (Wed closed 12.3lL2.3tlpm). Evenings (3.30—8pm. Free legal advice available.

I Media l.ocal radio station is Radio Forth. 197.3 FM. 15-18 MW. which broadcasts 2-1 hours. 7 days.

Getting Around

I On loot Best way to see the city centre. and the only way to explore the ()ld'I‘ow’n.

I Trains Waverley. at the east end of Princes Street. rs the main BR station. The clock on the adjacent North British Hotel is considerater kept 3 minutes fast so as to let you arrive in good time for your train. Telephone enquiries (556 2-151 ) are answered promptly and efficiently. Ring 556 5633 for reservations and

sleepers. There is another. very small station ( l laymarket ) at the west end of the city.

I Buses Iidinburgh prides itselfon its bus service and most routes are well supplied. ()nly disadvantages are that you need the exact fare and you cannot hop on and off between stops. as you can. albeit at your own risk. on l.ondon btrses.

Maroon and cream coloured buses are rrtn by l.othian Regional ‘I‘ransport and cover all city centre routes. (Information and tickets from [RT 'l‘icket Centre. Waverley Bridge. 326 5087 Mon-“Sat 7am—8pm. Sun 8am 8er. Weekly seasons £5).

tiastern Scottish buses (coloured green) rtrn through the city . to outlying districts. and an inter-city service. (l-‘ares are generally below those ofthe train). 'l‘icketsand information: St Andrew Bus Station. St Andrew Square. 556 8464 (tours: 558 1616). Iixpress service to (ilasgow and (ilasgow Airport front here.

Both companies offers an extensive range of tours. Contact above numbers for details.

I Bicycling The city centre is a bit hilly for bicycling but the outlying area is well worth exploring by bike. Central Cycle Hire. 13 Lochrin Place.

52 The List 8— 2| July 1988