The Royal Pharmaceutical Society welcomes you to Glasgow. Pharmacists from Scotland, and across the UK, look forward to receiving their colleagues from around the world at the FIP congress!

Glasgow is a multicultural city where 2,000 years of history jostle for attention with some of the world’s leading service industries and retailers, and academic institutions. Originally a small salmon-fishing village at a crossing point on the River Clyde, Glasgow has been shaped over two millennia by battles, international trade and heavy industry. Compact enough for visitors to easily explore the diverse neighbourhoods and districts, the city of Glasgow truly has something for everyone to enjoy.

Rough Guides voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city and visitors are assured of an exceptionally warm welcome. Once named the European City of Culture, Glasgow has continued to show why this was a well deserved accolade. In the city, you will find world-class museums, galleries and award-winning visitor attractions, many of which are free to visit. One of the city’s most famous sons is the designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and Mackintosh House contains a collection of items from his original home. Make sure, too, to visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, where you can see many examples of his work. There you can also marvel at Salvador Dali’s iconic painting ‘Christ of St John of the Cross’.

The city has some stunning architecture. Take a walk around and see the medieval Glasgow Cathedral and the Gothic style University of Glasgow (thought to be the inspiration behind Hogwart’s). Glasgow’s wealthy past means fine Victorian architecture is visible, but ultramodern buildings can be found, too.

Glasgow has an ‘impressive gastronomic scene’, according to Wanderlust magazine. Some of the best seafood, game and beef are available in the city’s restaurants, but non-meat eaters are catered for as well. Glasgow has been named the UK’s most veganfriendly city. Whether you go for the meat or vegetarian version, don’t leave without trying haggis, Scotland’s national dish!

Do you like shopping? Glasgow’s retail offering is second only to London’s. Head to Buchanan Street for independent shops and high end, flagship stores, as well as atmospheric galleried malls.

Glasgow is at the heart of some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery so why not take one of the congress organised tours to make the most of your visit. Loch Lomond and Loch Ness are examples; or explore one of the five whisky-producing regions. You won’t be disappointed!

Scotland’s people

Scotland’s people have spread throughout the world over hundreds of years and the Scottish diaspora is far larger than the country’s current population of just over five million.

Might you have Scottish ancestors? Historically, the main destinations for emigrating Scots have been the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, although there are Scottish populations in Argentina, Chile and Brazil, too. You can begin to trace your Scottish heritage by visiting the Scotland’s People Centre in Edinburgh, an hour’s train ride from Glasgow. There, you can search records, and expert advice and assistance are available.