Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland, it’s vibrant, welcoming, friendly, and filled with history and beautiful architecture. Their city motto “People Make Glasgow” is the perfect way to explain the city, there’s always something new to explore and things to do, and if you happen to make your way yo Glasgow, here’s a quick guide to this beautiful city!
There are a couple of different ways to get to Glasgow, you can fly, drive, take the bus, or take a train. Glasgow has two international airports, the main airport, and Ryan Air’s Glasgow Prestwick. If you land at the main airport, the easiest way into the city is by taking a shuttle bus. If you’d rather take a taxi the fairs are pretty ok, especially if you’re 3-4 people heading into the city together. If you land at Glasgow Prestwick, the cheapest and easiest way into the city is by train, or by bus.
If you haven’t taken a plane, but instead arrive by train, you will arrive at Queen Station or Central Station. Both stations have luggage lockers, something that’s very useful if you’re only in the city for a day and want to explore without dragging around your luggage all day! Both stations are central and close to each other, so it’s easy if you happen to have to switch stations!
If you get to Glasgow via bus, I actually took the MegaBus from London to Glasgow, you’ll arrive at Buchanan Bus Station. It’s very central and close to the other stations, it’s not very big but does have some safety lockers and a small store to buy some snacks and drinks.
Getting around in Glasgow
Glasgow is quite compact and very walk friendly, I actually ended up walking almost everywhere! If you want to venture out to the suburbs, to visit museums like the Kelvingrove Museum etc, then the subway or the city bus is the way to go! The city bus takes 1 h 45 in total round trip and are hop on, hop off buses usually going every 15 min.
Things to see and do
There are plenty of things to see and do while in Glasgow, here are some of the highlights you shouldn’t miss!
The Light House – Located in central Glasgow the light house will give you a fantastic view over Glasgow! Take the elevator up to the 6th floor, or head to the 3rd floor to find the spiral staircase taking up to the top.
Explore the West End – The West End is filled with cozy cafés, vintage shops, bars, and restaurants. You’ll also find the University of Glasgow here, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and the Riverside museum.
Glasgow Cathedral – It’s located in the city center and is absolutely stunning.
Check out the Glasgow Bucket List.
Eat and drink
Ice cream from the University Cafe in the West End, you’ll find their delicious ice cream, their flavors vary and when I was there I actually got a Nutella flavored ice cream with sprinkles!
Tchai-Ovna House of tea is super cute and cozy place offers almost 100 kinds of teas and a lot of vegetarian food.
The 78 Café bar is a great vegan place with delicious burgers and a varied menu, it’s very cheap and a great place to get a quick bite. Alternatively, Mono and Stereo are great options for some vegetarian food.
Bars and Pubs are everywhere and offer some great food and drinks. Brel Bar is a good option for beer lovers and so is Munro’s.
Being a big city, Glasgow, of course has some great shopping to offer, they have some malls to check out if you want to head indoors. But if it’s a nice day, you probably don’t want to.
Buchanan Street is the largest and busiest shopping street. The West End is perfect for quirkier alternatives, check out Ashton Lane and Cresswell lane, and the West End also just happens to be perfect for anyone enjoying vintage shopping!
If you have some extra time and fancy venturing outside the city, there are plenty of places to head for a day trip!
Loch Ness and the Highlands – Take a day tour and explore the highlands and Loch Ness!
Loch Awe – About 2 1/2 hours by train away you’ll find Loch Awe, it’s absolutely beautiful!
Devil’s Pulpit, Finnich Glen – Not even an hour outside of Glasgow you’ll find this magical place!