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Strathclyde is the most populous and second largest Scottish region. With a population in excess of 2.5 million, including 1.2 million in the Greater Glasgow. Strathclyde is the home of one out of two Scots. The region owes its name to the early medieval Kingdom of Strathclyde. Originally known as Ystrad Clud (meaning 'Valley of the River Clyde') in the Brythonic language. Strathclyde was created from the traditional counties of Glasgow, Ayr, Bute, Dunbarton, Lanark, and Renfrew. Also parts of the counties of Argyll and Stirling.

Weather Averages

Be prepared for rain or shine

MARCH - MAY High 12.13°c Low 4.38°c Precipitation 0.03mm/hr
JUNE - AUGUST High 17.4°c Low 11.19°c Precipitation 0.03mm/hr
SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER High 13.16°c Low 6.83°c Precipitation 0.04mm/hr
DECEMBER - FEBRUARY High 6.75°c Low 1.16°c Precipitation 0.05mm/hr

THINGS TO DO IN Strathclyde

Three of Scotland's greatest castles opened to the public are located in Strathclyde. Inveraray Castle (official residence of the Duke of Argyll, chief of Clan Campbell), Culzean Castle (former home of the Marquess of Ailsa, the chief of Clan Kennedy), and Mount Stuart House (home of the Marquess of Bute). Other notable attractions include Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond (Britain's largest lake). The Oban whisky distillery, the scenic ruins of Kilchurn Castle at the northeastern end of Loch Awe, and Dumbarton Castle, the oldest stronghold in Britain.

Glasgow

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Vibrant, edgy and brimming with personality. Scotland’s largest city is a must-see spot for nightlife, culture and cuisine, while its proximity to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park make it perfect for nature lovers too. Arts enthusiast? Head to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art. Music lover? Britain’s first UNESCO City of Music doesn’t disappoint, with venues catering for every kind of genre and taste, whether you’re checking out music legends at Glasgow Concert Halls or discovering local talent at the legendary King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.

Clydesdale

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Clydesdale is a region in the southwest of Scotland famous for a breed of draft horse named for and derived from the farm horses of Clydesdale. It's the catchment and upper course of the River Clyde, historically with many water mills powering local industry, and the Lanarkshire coal mines. This industry was densest in the lower valley, towards Motherwell and Glasgow; but even here there are reaches of sparsely populated unspoilt moorland.

Motherwell

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Motherwell is a large town 12 miles south east of Glasgow that was once Scotland’s centre of steel production. The town of Motherwell was built on the steel and coal industries and its industrial heritage is explored at the North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre, which also details the history of the town from the Roman era. The Centre also has a viewing tower which boasts views of the Clyde Valley region as far as Ben Lomond. A notable building in the town is The Cathedral Church of Our Lady of Good Aid, otherwise known as Motherwell Cathedral.

LOCAL CUISINE

Scottish porridge is synonymous with the country and has been for many a century. A porridge can be made from a variety of grains which are boiled in water or milk and served as a hot cereal. Scotland's version of porridge is made with oats since that is the country's main crop. Which basically makes it an oatmeal. Since late medieval times, oats have grown in Scotland and were part of the staple diet of farmers (or crofters, as they are called in Scotland). Oats are a highly nutritious and sustaining food, perfect for the inclement weather often found in Scotland.

GETTING HERE

Travelling up by car from the south, england and wales, take the A74(M) onto the M74. When you stay in the region of Strathclyde the road network allows accessibility to the whole county very accessible.