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  • Historic Glasgow: The Beating Heart of Scotland!

Historic Glasgow: The Beating Heart of Scotland!

Your guru: Iain
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Glasgow guru
  • Glasgow
  • Available in: English

About the guru Iain

I was born and raised on the south side of the city. Always with an enquiring mind I was attracted to everything in the city centre: Who built this? What was that used for? Why was that street demolished? Why do I ask so many questions (haha)? Although I never studied history at school there was always something about the city's culture and it's people that seemed differe... More »

I was born and raised on the south side of the city. Always with an enquiring mind I was attracted to everything in the city centre: Who built this? What was that used for? Why was that street demolished? Why do I ask so many questions (haha)? Although I never studied history at school there was always something about the city's culture and it's people that seemed different from anywhere else. The areas of deprivation seemed almost more fascinating than the affluent parts of town and I just loved to wander around the streets looking for the everyday things that most people took for granted. I'm still nostalgic for the things that have long disappeared, from tramcars to steam trains, from gas lighting to pre-decimal money. But I love the new Glasgow too and am proud to belong to the city and to welcome tourists and visitors from all over the world. I am not a history teacher so my tours are not like lectures. Think of it as a great, relaxed walk round town with an old friend. Welcome to Glasgow.

About the tour

Once at the very heart of the Industrial Revolution this is a 2.30 hours journey around a city with some of the finest Victorian architecture in the world. Learn how Glasgow grew from a tiny fishing village to become the second city of the British Empire. Hear how the merchants of the old town became wealthy via the lucrative tobacco trade, how it all went wrong....and how they bounced back again!

Follow the journey of the city as it grew into a handsome market town, became the shipbuilding capital of the world, descended into squalor during the industrial boom and eventually became a city of culture, heritage, arts and technology that it is today.

Fantastic bars, restaurants and the best shopping in the UK outside of London awaits you....and come evening the music and club scene is second to none.

You will see the iconic buildings and landmarks of the city centre including the imposing Central Station & Hotel, the River Clyde, Glasgow Green, St.Andrews in the Square Church, the Tolbooth and Tron Steeples, the Victorian Fish and Fruit Market buildings , the 12th century Glasgow Cathedral and adjacent Necropolis, the Gallery of Modern Art and the spectacular City Chambers building in the heart of the city at George Square.

Nothing is hidden, so you will see the good bits, the bad bits, the funny bits (me and my jokes) and even learn to speak a few phrases that you will only hear in Glasgow.

I look forward to meeting you really soon.....and remember, this is Scotland so do remember to bring both suntan lotion and a raincoat!!

Meeting point
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How to find me: Beside the Fireman Statue at the corner of Gordon St and Hope St. I will have a green canvas shoulder bag.
Tour duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

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Ratings 7

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Maha

2 months ago

Nice tour, friendly guide and he knows a lot of things about Glasgow since he is originally from it

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Response from Iain:

Thanks for your kind review Maha. I hope you got your bus connection ok to the Kelvingrove Museum.
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Michael

3 months ago

Glasgow guru

Response from Iain:

Many thanks Michael. Much appreciated.
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Iryna

3 months ago

Amazing tour! Full of jokes and interesting information. Mr. Ian made my trip a very memorable and I felt I learned so much.

I can definitely recommend this tour for those who love history and Scotish humor

Glasgow guru

Response from Iain:

Thanks so much for your great review Iryna. If you are back in Glasgow sometime let me know and I will show you round the West End area of the city.
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Meret Diers

3 months ago

Great tour! He was really nice and funny and we learnt a lot about Glasgow. He has a great accent and everything he told us was interesting. We all enjoyed our tour very much :)

Glasgow guru

Response from Iain:

Thanks for the brilliant review, Meret. It is very much appreciated and I will be sure to tell Gary who was your guide for the day. Glad you all enjoyed it!
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Atilio Rodrigo

3 months ago

We had a personal tour since nobody else was on for it and the guide was very nice and adapted to our tight schedules. We had a great view of the historical and some hidden gems of Glasgow.

Glasgow guru

Response from Iain:

Thanks for doing a review Atilio. As you had plans for squeezing some other visits into your day and there were no other guests it was no problem to alter the programme a little. Hope you enjoyed the West End. Iain
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GUILHERME

4 months ago

Glasgow guru

Response from Iain:

Thanks Guilherme. Always a pleasure to walk round Glasgow with new friends.
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