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Glasgow a 'hidden gem' for tourists

26 January 2009 07:50

Glasgow a 'hidden gem' for tourists

Scotland's largest city, Glasgow, is a "hidden gem" for tourists travelling north of the border, one industry group has claimed.

While Edinburgh has long been popular for its cultural attractions - and the Highlands for their natural splendour - the Scottish Tourist Guides Association (STGA) said Glasgow often slips under the radar.

Despite some travellers' misconceptions about the city, STGA general manager Stewart Daniels said Glasgow has a great deal to offer both in terms of its attractions and its hospital residents.

Emphasising that the city has its own "unique atmosphere" that prompted Lonely Planet to dub it "the most Scottish of cities," he praised the city's positive regeneration work.

"Glasgow has a variety of attractions to offer," Mr Daniels asserted.

"The warmth of its people, its heritage and also the architecture of the city is simply stunning. Until people come to the city and see what is has to offer they perhaps don't know what a hidden gem it can be."

According to the Lonely Planet's Best in Travel guide 2009, Glasgow is one of the top 10 destinations in the world to visit on holiday. ADNFCR-1320-ID-18830343-ADNFCR