“Myself and my Spanish partner recently spent a very nice week in the home of Barbara who could not have been more accommodating when we were making the arrangements for the Exchange. This was my 6th homeswap and as with the previous ones, I was not disappointed, neither in the quality of the flat, nor the ambiance of the local neighbourhood, which is very peaceful, but with a very good range of restaurants, cafes and other facilities within walking distance. Parking free of charge no problem and the centre of Glasgow just one stop on a frequent train service. The flat itself is very homely and comfortable,with nice furnishings and all that you would need. I thoroughly recommend this exchange.”
Spacious urban apartment
Spacious urban apartment
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Ours is a top floor flat in a lovely traditional apartment block with original stained glass windows in Glasgow's popular South Side. We are 5 minutes by train from the city centre and the train station (Pollokshields West) is 3 minutes walk from the apartment. The airport is 15 minutes drive.
We are in the heart of this diverse neighbourhood with newsagent and shop across the road and several cafes, greengrocer, butcher and gift shops minutes walk away. Our favourite eateries are Cookie (Italian) and The Bungo contemporary bistro-bar 5 minutes walk on Nithsdale Road.
We walk round local Maxwell Park daily to check the progress of the pond's wildlife (swans, ducks and a heron) - it's a 20-30 minute round walk through the leafy suburb of original merchant houses.
For a longer walk, continue on to Pollok Country Park with Highland cattle, Pollok House and Burrell Collection - magnificent display of a private collector's art and artefacts.
5 minutes drive is Bellahouston Park and sports centre with a great swimming pool.
The Tramway arts and performance centre is 5-10 minutes walk and The Citizens theatre 10 minutes away.
Glasgow is a funky city with a young population. It brands itself "Scotland with style" - it's more authentically Scottish than Edinburgh in many ways. It's one of the UK's top shopping centres. You may know it was City of Culture in 1990 and has continued to grow its cultural reputation since then. It has a thriving cultural scene for music, film, performance: The Arches has been called "Europe's best venue" and has a great club programme as well as performance and music. For film, visit the GFT - part of a European network of art filmhouses. For drama, there's the nearby Citizens and Tron Theatres. For music there's a lively pub music scene from small scale Captain's Rest, 13th Note, Mono and Stereo and Oran Mor, to the large scale touring circuit venues like the SECC, O2, Carling Academy, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Fruitmarket, City Hall. There are stunning architectural features and visitors attractions from Kelvingrove in the West End to the Science Centre, IMAX cinema and new Transport Museum on the River Clyde.
Glasgow is a great base for touring Scotland. Edinburgh and Stirling are 45 minutes away. To the West and North there's easy access to the stunning Scottish Highlands and Islands. To the South, there are boats to Ireland.
If you're interested in visiting the internationally acclaimed Edinburgh Festival in August, there are regular trains and a base in Glasgow avoids the overpriced and scarce accommodation problems that city has at that time.
Glasgow at Christmas and New Year is a great place to experience a traditional Scottish Hogmanay. There's a European market, ferris wheel and ice rink in the city centre and a programme of live events for New Year.
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