As a place to live, the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area has many attractions. The West of Scotland combines cosmopolitan charm, lush countryside and soothing Seaside.
Culturally diverse, architecturally stunning and historically rich, this vibrant region is home to innovation, celebration and the largest city in Scotland – Glasgow. As Scotland’s most populous region, the West of Scotland is home to approximately two million people who live and work in this captivating and eclectic part of the country. It is a region of striking contrast with larger areas like Glasgow within easy reach of picturesque towns, villages and some of Scotland’s most scenic beaches, captivating wildlife and tranquil countryside.
Multicultural, magnificent and brimming with personality, Scotland’s largest city is home to nearly 600,000 people. Discover rich history, stunning architecture and the best shopping in the UK outside London. Glasgow is one of the highest ranking cities in the UK for quality of life. (Mercer survey, 2012)
This aptly-named ‘Dear Green Place’ blends the best of urban-living with the plendour of lush gardens and parks. Impressively, the city boasts more green space per square mile than any other UK city. With some of the biggest and brightest businesses Scotland has to offer, in addition to enjoying the scenery, you can explore the many great career opportunities the city offers. Offering the best of both worlds, Glasgow is close to breath-taking countryside offering up nearby hill walking, sailing, and cycling. Some of the world’s greatest golf courses are all within an hour’s drive of the city. And this bustling city’s arts and culture, nightlife and food are hard to surpass. Home to over 133,000 students from around the world, this vibrant city has five world-renowned universities and seven colleges.
No matter what your age or interest, the West has something for you. Be dazzled by Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s iconic architecture in Glasgow or satisfy your appetite with mouth-watering produce at the farmers’ markets in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde.
The region’s excellent transport links mean you’re connected to the rest of the UK -and the world.
The M8 motorway connects the West with the rest of Scotland, taking just under an hour to drive between the country’s major cities Glasgow and Edinburgh, a well-used commuter’s route.
The bus is an effortless way to get around because it’s inexpensive and widely available across the region – even in remote locations. Glasgow has the UK’s largest suburban rail network outside London. An abundance of stations and travel times
makes exploring the region by train an easy option. The rail network links both rural areas and cities with the rest of Scotland and the wider UK. (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 2019)