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Historic Glasgow: The Beating Heart of Scotland!

Your Guru: Iain
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4.9
96 ratings
  • Glasgow
  • Available in English
  • 2 hours and 30 minutes

About the Guru

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: Open in Google Maps

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.

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Tour opinions (96)

4.9
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Professionalism
4.77
Fun
4.77
Expression
4.87
Quality
4.81
Route
4.81
Alice Bristol 01/21/2022

Response from Iain
Hi Alice, Thank you for doing re iew of the Glasgow walking tour and we are delighted that you enjoyed it.
Gloria London 11/18/2021

Very good

Response from Iain
Hi Gloria, Glaf you enjoyed the tour and thanks for doing review. I normally have the cathedral as part of the standard tour itinerary but with the Covid situation they now require ticket only advance bookings....and that is something we cannot do because names and numbers of participants for the tour are never known for sure until tour commences. Much as I love doint the tours and wouldn't mind doing a 3 hour tour it would not be possible to do this where tours are available twice daily and time is required between tours to eat etc. In all honesty I have found rhat for most guests 2 hours is preferable (after which attention begins to wane), but rhe Guru organisation seem to have 2.5 hours as their preferred length and I was ok to go along with that. Hope your visit to the city encourages you to come back again some day Cheers Iain
Karen Barcelona 10/09/2021

Response from Iain
Thank you very much Karen. Glad you had a good time. Regards Iain
Jennifer East Riding of Yorkshire 09/17/2021

Enjoyable and informative tour.

Response from Iain
Thanks for taking time to review, Jennifer. Much appreciated. Cheers Iain
R Parry Mold 09/16/2021

Response from Iain
Thanks for joining the replacement tour today. Glad you enjoyed it.
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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!