Second Symposium on Compositional Structures (SYCO 2)

University of Strathclyde
17-18 December, 2018

Things to see and do

There are plenty of things to see in Scotland if you have some spare time before or after the meeting.

In Glasgow

Roughly in order of distance from the symposium venue:

Murals. There are murals scattered all over Glasgow that are well worth seeing. The city council has put together a mural trail (PDF with map) for finding them.

Glasgow Cathedral. An 800 year old church, with beautiful stained glass windows, less than 10 mins walk away from the venue. Right next door is St. Mungo's museum of religious art and life and Provand's Lordship, the oldest house in Glasgow (the cathedral is not a house, but a building).

The Necropolis. A large cemetery on a hill overlooking the East End of the city. Impressive views, impressive tombstones.

Tennent's Brewery. Tennant's is the most popular beer in Scotland, and its all produced in Glasgow. You can go on a tour, which of course finishes with a tasting session. For a more hipster experience, the Drygate Brewery next door (part-owned by Tennant's) makes a nice selection of craft beers, and also puts on brewery tours.

Glasgow Green. This is Glasgow's oldest public outdoor space, and the larger park closest the city centre. It contains the People's Palace, a kind of socialist museum, and the West Brewery, which is a German-style microbrewery. The river Clyde borders Glasgow Green, and following the riverbank makes for a nice run or walk.

Museums. All museums below are free, except for House for an Art Lover.

Pollok Park. Probably the easiest way to see some Highland Cattle from Glasgow. Get the train from Central to Pollokshaws West.

Whisky distilleries. The following distilleries are more or less in Glasgow, and all offer tours.

Of course, if all you want to do is to drink whisky, then pubs such as The Pot Still or Bon Accord, or shops such as the Good Spirits co will sort you out.