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West of Scotland

The West of Scotland Deanery stretches from Greenock in the North to Dumfries and Galloway in the South and to Stirling in the East. The West of Scotland can offer a huge range of choice from dynamic and vibrant city life bustling with great nightclubs, international restaurants, galleries and the best shopping in the UK outside London, to more rural areas with opportunities for outdoor pursuits, such as hill walking and mountain climbing or skiing in the winter. The West of Scotland has it all.

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Greater Glasgow

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland. Originally an industrial city, it offers beautiful architecture but it has also seen a massive amount of inner city regeneration giving it a real modern edge. It attracts young professionals from all over the world giving it a very multicultural and cosmopolitan feel. The city offers extensive parkland, museums, indoor leisure centers and it is only a short drive from Loch Lomond National Park. It also offers fantastic bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Glasgow is a large and diverse city; it can offer inner city living or leafy suburbs. There are about 300 schools in the city including state schools, private schools and even faith schools.


The Clyde area surrounds most of Glasgow, with towns such as Paisley, Greenock in the north west, Lennoxtown in the north east and Eaglsham in the south, the Clyde is a large and diverse area. The area has changed a lot over the years; some parts flourished with coal mining, ship building and manufacturing and although some do still exist, today the area is popular with commuters and people who wish to get away from the big city. Paisley being the largest town, offers a real urban experience with independent shops and restaurants. The Clyde area is perfectly positioned being right on the doorstep of the spectacular countryside of the north and south of Scotland but also within an easy commute to Scotland's largest and most vibrant city Glasgow. The area is steeped in heritage with castles and battlefields it is also the birth place of William Wallace. The Clyde has everything to offer from culture to outdoor pursuits and even indoor real snow skiing at the Xscape.

Ayrshire & Arran

Ayrshire is on the Clyde coast to the south West of Glasgow, it offers beautiful coastline and world class golf courses. Arran is an island just off the coast and it is known as 'Scotland in miniature' with its historic and beautiful scenery. Ayr is the largest town in the area and boasts excellent shopping, leisure as well as lots of bars and restaurants. The area offers lots of activities including water sports, cycling, and fishing; there is even a horse racing course.  The birth place of Robert Burns, the area is bursting with beautiful countryside, history and culture.

Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway is a beautiful part of Scotland, it covers the south west of Scotland and borders with the north west of England. Spectacular coast line, mountains, woodland you name it, Dumfries and Galloway has it. The two largest towns are Stranraer and Dumfries. Stranraer is the ferry port that serves Northern Ireland and Dumfries is a historic market town, which can offer shopping, restaurants, nightclubs and bars. There are many opportunities for golf, sailing, fishing, walking and nationally recognized cycling routes both on and off the road.

Forth Valley

Forth Valley is a very beautiful part of the West of Scotland. It lies at the heart of Scotland and has great connections to the north and easy access to Glasgow and Edinburgh.  From more urban modern towns of Falkirk to the historic town of Killin situated on the banks of the beautiful Loch Tay, Forth Valley offers a wealth of opportunities. Stirling is a young city but a historic town; it has played a major role in Scotland's history and boasts an impressive castle. It is also a very modern city, in that it offers shopping, bars, restaurants and art galleries; all that you would expect from one of Scotland's cities.


Lanarkshire is in the central belt of the West of Scotland with easy access to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling. There are also excellent cultural and leisure facilities in the area. The jewels in the South Lanarkshire crown are the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Lanarkshire can offer more museums and historical activities than any other part of Scotland.  One of the largest towns in Lanarkshire is Hamilton with extensive shopping, bars and restaurants. Hamilton has seen a large amount of regeneration and is an ever growing and more vibrant town.


Since West of Scotland is a very diverse area it offers varied housing, from chic urban apartments to semi-rural villas the choice is yours. With such a great selection and wide price range it is easy to find just what you are looking for.


Travelling in the West of Scotland is easy; the region is very accessible and has excellent motorway connections with Edinburgh, the rest of Scotland and the UK. Its main city Glasgow has two international airports Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick offering many world-wide destinations so you are never too far away from your friends and family. Glasgow also has the largest suburban rail network outside London so it is very easy to commute no matter what part of the city you live in. Excellent rail and bus links in the West make travelling trouble-free and pleasant.

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