Travel & Tourism Tips

glasgow cityGlasgow – the Scottish city famous for its architecture and beauty, prompting Time Magazine to describe it as a city “brimming with style and culture”. Located at the west end of Central Belt, Glasgow is one of Great Britain’s liveliest cities. It is also known as the most Scottish of Scotland’s cities, full of fun, energy and beauty.

Glasgow is the largest city of Scotland. Its name came from glas ghu which is the Celtic word for “dear green place”. Glasgow houses more than seventy beautiful gardens and parks, as well as beautiful architecture with noticeable heavy Victorian influence. The city is also famous for its interesting art galleries and museums, as well as its excellent bistros and restaurants which serve great-tasting eclectic food. Another reason why tourists from all over the world enjoy visiting Glasgow because its local club scene is “totally rockin’ .

Getting There & Around

glasgow airportGlasgow can be reached by air, train, car, bus or by boat. Two international airports are situated close to the city. The Glasgow International Airport offers European and some transatlantic flights. It is also known as Glasgow’s main airport. The Glasgow Prestwick International Airport is Ryanair’s base in Scotland. Ryanair was the first airline to offer low airfares across Europe. Glasgow Central is around 50 minutes from the airport by train.

The city can be reached by trains coming from England and south west Scotland arriving at the Glasgow’s Central Station . There are also trains from Edinburgh arriving at another Glasgow train station, the Queen Street Station.

The main routes to Glasgow by car are the M74, M8, M80 and A82 motorways. Visitors from England take the M74 route, while tourists from Edinburgh or Glasgow Airportsarrive via the M8 motorway. From Stirling and other points in the north and east, visitors take the M80 motorway. Visitors from the West Highlands arrive in Glasgow via the A82 dual carriageway.

Visitors may opt to try the bus services operated by the Scottish Citylink, or by ferries which dock at the Troon and Rosyth ferry ports.

Tourists have various options when they travel around Glasgow. The Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT) is responsible for Glasgow’s public transport. The agency offers the ZoneCard which will be very convenient for visitors who will stay in Glasgow for over a week. The price of the card depends on the duration of stay and the number of “zones“. This card is recognized in train and bus stations.

Glasgow has an efficient subway system which transports passengers around the city in a circlular route. Suburban trains carry passengers from the the two main train stations, Central and Queen Street, and bring them to neighboring towns or to the suburbs.

The First Glasgow operates the public buses in the city. Getting around Glasgow is easy because there are many buses on main roads during the day.

Visitors may also opt to walk around the center of Glasgow. Glasgow central is very pedestrian-friendly, and walking from one shopping mall to another is a breeze.

Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow School of ArtLocated in Renfrew Street, this is one of Britain’s famous educational institutions where Scottish and international students go to study fine art, architecture and design. It was designed by alumnus Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a famous Scottish artist, architect and designer. The school is known as a creative hothouse where artistic talents are developed and new ideas are welcomed and encouraged.


Clyde Auditorium

Clyde AuditoriumKnown as “The Armadillo” because of its shape, this silver building is part of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Center complex and is the venue for numerous concerts yearly.



House of an Art Lover

House of an Art LoverLocated at the Bellahouston Park next to the Victorian Walled Gardens, it is a unique venue built in the 1990s and houses the pieces of recent research on Charles Rennie Mackintosh.



Glasgow Cathedral


This is one of the oldest Scottish cathedrals and a perfect example of Gothic architecture. It dates back from medieval times, around 15th century.




Art Treasures of Kelvingrove

This extensive art collection formerly showcased in the Art Gallery and Museum in Kelvingrove can presently be viewed at the McLellan Galleries. It includes artworks by world famous artists – Rembrandt, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Botticelli, and Turner among others. For more information on the latest exhibitions, visit

Merchant City Festival

Glasgow’s arts festival happens in September. This affair will showcase Glasgow’s amazing multi-arts scene, which includes fantastic performances, theater shows, music, comedy, and visual arts presentations. Visit for more details.

Scottish Style Awards

Glasgow plays host to this year’s the Scottish Style Awards. It is a prestigious awards ceremony which will recognize the top talents in the fields of fashion, music, media, and film. Come join the fun on September 30, 2005. For more details, visit


In November, Glasgow hosts Scotland’s annual gay culture celebration. The queer culture celebration promises several days of fun, comedy, performance art, literature events, and all-night clubbing among others.

Block Architecture Festival

Block Architecture FestivalCelebrate the city’s architectural heritage through the Block Architecture Festival in October.



Important Visitor Information


Glasgow’s climate can be accurately described as eclectic. Don’t be surprised if weather changes happen so quickly. The best time to visit Glasgow is in the months of May and June because although occasional rain may still come, these are usually the dry months.


Glasgow’s time is consistent with GMT, or the Greenwich Mean Time. On March to October, Glasgow adopts the Daylight Saving Time so visitors should adjust their clocks forward by one hour. Glasgow is five hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time. It is ten hours behind of Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Language and Dialects

The people of Glasgow speak English with a heavy accent. They also tend to talk fast, which may lead to misunderstandings.

Glasgow has regional dialects just like the rest of Scotland. These dialects have a strong Celtic influence. Some phrases that may help tourists when they are in Glasgow are as follows: “bam” or “bampot” for annoying individual; “pished” for drunk and “minging” for bad odor. People in Glasgow use “haw” when they want to call someone’s attention, just like “hey” or “hi”.


The area code of Glasgow is 0141.

Useful Links & Resources

Scottish Holidays

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