Winter, spring, summer or fall - all you have to do is... plan a trip to Glasgow.
With chilly days and long nights, winter might not seem like the ideal time to visit Scotland's largest city. But there's plenty to do, and the chance of snow makes the city even more appealing. If you've got Christmas shopping to do, head for Buchanan Street, Scotland's premier shopping street. With the Christmas lights aglow and the windows of upmarket retailers like Desigual, Boux Avenue, Vivienne Westwood, Miu Miu and a host of others tempting you in, you'll have those stockings filled in no time. In January, Scots break out the haggis and single malt and rehearse the verse of their favourite poet in preparation for Burns Night on the 25th. You can even download the poet's complete works to your Smartphone to help you swot up for the occasion! Plan a romantic weekend in Glasgow for Valentine's Day -the restored Victorian splendour of 15 Glasgow (http://15glasgow.com/), a boutique B&B with marble pillars, decorated ceilings and shimmering chandeliers, is sure to inspire a night of passion!
Glasgow starts to shake off the gloom of a long winter in March, when the Glasgow International Comedy Festival attracts the world's most side-splitting stand-ups to the city. The culture gets a bit more serious in April with Aye Write . Glasgow's book festival offers an eight-day programme packed with readings, discussions, debates and other events for adults and children of a literary bent. By May, the weather should be getting properly bright again, and long evenings are the perfect excuse to linger over a few pints in one of the city's beer gardens. Try West on Glasgow Green for locally brewed ale, good food and a lovely location on the edge of one of the city's largest parks.
June's all about the tunes, with the Glasgow International Jazz Festival attracting musicians from all over the world, and fans of trad and Dixie, free jazz, world music, blues, and hiphop fusion descending on the city. Make the most of the fine weather in July with a seaplane flight over 120 miles of magnificent Scottish scenery, complete with thrilling water take-off and landing. It's the only regular seaplane service to depart from the heart of a European city. In August, the glam girls of Glasgow get their pins out and their hats on and head for the races - Ladies Night at the city's racecourse is guaranteed to turn into a serious party.
Lovers of history, architecture and the decorative arts look forward to Doors Open Day in September, when the public can access some of Glasgow's most fascinating buildings for free. Make the most of the Autumn foliage in October, then the city's parks and gardens come alive with colour. Beautiful Queen's Park is a must-visit at any time of the year, but it's particularly lovely now. On 30 November, Glasgow hosts a range of events to honour Scotland's patron saint, St Andrew, and kick off the festive season. It may be getting dark and chilly once more, but the city is as warm and welcoming as it was in the summer sunshine!