Glasgow Travel Guide

 
     

Travel

Air
The Airport is located 10 miles west of the city centre and it is the largest airport in Scotland.  The terminal has three piers and it has daily domestic and international arrives.  There are daily flights to London, Belfast, New York and San Francisco.

Train
In Glasgow there are 2 train stations, Queen Street Station and Glasgow Central Station both are situated in the city centre and are a few minutes walk from each other.  The trains to other cities in Scotland usually leave from Queen Street Station and direct services to Edinburgh and Perth.  For service to England and Wales there are trains that leave from Central Station.

Bus
The main bus station in Glasgow is Buchanan Station which is on Killermont Street right next to Queen Street train station. Here you can get the bus to and from the airport and to other major cities in Scotland including Edinburgh and Inverness.  A budget service is run by Megabus and other city services by CityLink .

There is also a regular bus services with the city of Glasgow, these are operated by First Group.  This is an ideal way to get around the city centre you can travel anywhere in the city one way for £1.80 or £3 return.

Subway
The subway in Glasgow is the only one in Scotland and is the 3rd oldest in the world.  The route is a total of 6.5 miles and has 2 lines, the Outer Circle and the Outer Circle.   The routes go around the city, tickets cost £1 and it is the fastest method of transport in the city.

 

Attractions

Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery
The most visited free attraction in Scotland, the museum had a huge renovation in 2006 for £28million and it houses a total of 8,000 objects.  There are exhibits for all ages and a number of highlights inside, these include collections on natural history, arms and armour and also a great Scottish Art.

Gallery of Modern Art
The GOMA is the most visited art gallery in Scotland and it has a number of exhibits which include Andy Warhol, David Hockney and several Scottish artists.  The gallery also offers a café inside and a learning library. 

Glasgow Science Centre
The science centre is one of the best in Scotland and it has a series of interactive displays which are ideal for children or middle aged children.  There is a mix of both science and technology inside 3 floors of exhibits, highlights include the planetarium which is rated as one of the best in Europe and allows people to see over 9,000 stars.

Scottish Football Museum
The museum is situated at Hampden Park, the national football stadium and it is home to a series of exhibits from Scottish football history.  There is information on the history of Scottish football and a series of exhibits from Scottish history which include a cap from the very first international.  

Accommodation in Glasgow

For the backpacker there is cheap city centre accommodation at Berkeley Globetrotters, where a bed starts at £16 a night. If you want cheap B&B accommodation in the town centre try McLays Guest House, for £44 a night you get breakfast included and 2 stared accommodation.

For a well situated and well-priced hotel try out the 3 star Arto Hotel, it is close to Central Station in the city centre and rooms start at pretty reasonable rates

If its 5 star accommodation you want then why not try out the Radisson SAS Hotel which opposite central station 100 meters from the city centre.  Alternatively there is always the Hilton, it is only 3 blocks from the main shopping area and has a Michelin rated restaurant to dine in. 

 

Shopping in Glasgow

Glasgow is known as the best shopping area in Scotland, in Britain it is only second to London. The city centre has a compact grid system which has a range of different stores, the main areas are Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street and Argyle Street. 

For indoor shopping try the 750,000 square feet of retail at the Saint Enoch Centre, Scotland’s biggest indoor shopping centre. All the high street favourites such as Next, Argos, and Debenhams are here. You can also try out the newer Buchanan Galleries positioned at the junction of Sauchiehall Street and Buchanan Street.

For a more unique shopping experience try and a get a bargain at The Barras Market, it has a bit of a reputation for counterfeit DVDs and CD’s. You may not get high quality merchandise but the bartering experience and chance of a bargain make for a good experience.