Byres Road – The heart and soul of Glasgow’s West End

It’s not easy to write about Byres Road and be non biased. It really IS the most vibrant, friendliest, and historically beautiful parts of Glasgow. A visit to Byres Road during the day is a completely distinct experience than by night, and that’s why we love it so much. Byres Road can reinvent itself like no other street in Glasgow with such ease. Once you are under the spell of Byres Road, it’s impossible to leave.

The West End of Glasgow underwent significant construction in the mid-19th century, with the birth of the Great Western Road and the widening of Byres Road in the 1830’s. A man called James Gibson of Hillhead was the main driver of such development at this time, resulting in the West End being easier to access from Glasgow City Centre.

Byres Road is a vastly different place today, with much of its charm centred around “The Lanes,” most especially Ashton Lane, and Ruthven Lane. The latter is filled with charming and eclectic shops and is a notable hang out for vintage and comic book enthusiasts. Ashton Lane is synonymous with great Glaswegian nightlife, and Byres Road really comes alive at night with so many lively bars, pubs, and clubs to choose from.

Byres Road has some wonderful places to visit and wander including the beautiful Botanic Gardens, and of course the Hunterian Gallery and Museum. There are quirky and independently owned shops for those who want an escape for the high street retailers. Byres Road itself is an attraction and you can spend hours sitting at a café window, just people watching and taking in the atmosphere unique to the West End of Glasgow.

Why at the Embassy Apartments, Glasgow, of course! We are located behind the Botanic Gardens with superb views over the River Kelvin. When you stay at the Embassy Apartments, Glasgow, you are choosing a home from home, that offers fast and efficient service, effortless check-in, and superb value for money. Booking direct will save you time and money. To find out more visit here. 

As part of the McQuade group, our property prides itself on top class customer service. Combine that ethos with our popular location, and you’ve a winning formula for getting the best out of you stay in Glasgow.