Useful Notes: Greater Glasgow

Much like London, Glasgow has been sprawling further and further outwards, incorporating various villages and towns as it goes. Unlike London, however, most of the area considered to be "Greater Glasgow" is in a number of different local authorities.

The City Centre

Located on the north bank of the River Clyde and bounded by the M8, Glasgow's City Centre has a grid structure, unlike a lot of others in the UK.

Everywhere Else

North of The River Clyde

Blythswood Hill

Immediately west of the City Centre. Made up of lots of lovely Georgian townhouses that have been converted into plush offices, so very few people actually live there.


A suburban area that also includes Blairdardie. Home to the Dance School of Scotland, a government-funded performing arts school in the vein of La Guardia Arts in New York.


"My loafers are pan, I'm a Kelvin-bred man."

A western area known for yuppies and its posh, "pan-loaf" accent.

South of The River Clyde

New Towns and Other Bits of Suburban Miscellanea



Wealthy southern suburb near Hamilton. Home to footballers and fancy restaurants.


"What's it called?"

A New Town in North Lanarkshire. Childhood home (not quite birthplace, they moved when he was six months old) of Craig Ferguson, who once told an Edinburgh audience that the key to understanding Cumbernauld is that the residents want to move to Glasgow.

East Kilbride

Located about 10 miles south of the City Centre. Started life as a small village but was named Scotland's first New Town in 1947, and was subsequently developed to cope with the population overspill caused by The Blitz. As a result, it was considered quite a trendy place to live in The Sixties, however it's since become a bit tired and worn out. Nicknamed "Polomint City" for its proliferation of roundabouts and home to Scotland's largest shopping centre. A few famous residents over the years have been Kate Dickie, TV presenters Lorraine Kelly, Kirsty Young and Aztec Camera frontman Roddy Frame.



Bothwell's downmarket neighbour. Home to the Tunnock's factory - You can smell the marshmallows as you drive past it.

Alternative Title(s):

Let Glasgow Flourish And Flourish And Flourish