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Glasgow in 'top 10 world cities'

George Square and City Chambers (image from Undiscovered Scotland)
Glasgow was the only UK city to feature in the top 10

Glasgow has made it into a list of 10 top world cities compiled by the travel guide company Lonely Planet.

Scotland's largest city was the only UK entry on the list, which appears in the firm's Best In Travel 2009 publication.

The guide states: "Forget castles, kilts, bagpipes and tartan. You come for the cocktails, cuisine and designer chic (plus the legendary native wit)."

"Glasgow has shaken off its shroud of industrial soot and shimmied into a sparkling new designer gown."

Included in the "what's hot" in Glasgow list is actor James McAvoy and pan-fried scallops.

"Defining experiences" include cruising the Clyde by powerboat and "adding your voice to the Hampden roar".

Lonely Planet travel editor Tom Hall said: "The time has come for Lonely Planet to let one of its worst-kept secrets out: Glasgow's got everything.

"We're delighted to highlight such a fun, stylish city."

The other cities in the top 10 were: Antwerp, Beirut, Chicago, Lisbon, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Warsaw and Zurich.

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