People make Glasgow – so the saying goes. And it͛s true, you'll struggle to find a warmer welcome.
But Glasgow is also home to exquisite architecture, fascinating museums and a pulsating nightlife. With a live music and festival scene to rival any in the UK and the country's great wilderness on its doorstep, Glasgow has serious character.
Arriving at Glasgow Airport
Step off the plane and within 20 minutes you could be settling down to a pie and pint in one of Glasgow’s many city centre pubs.
Glasgow Airport is around eight miles (13km) from town. Take First Glasgow’s Express 500 bus to the busy Buchanan Bus Station where there are connections to dozens of onward routes. Buy your tickets in advance, use the First Bus mTickets app, or pay on the bus using contactless, cash or card.
If you're off to the Hebrides, you can travel over the sea to Skye direct from the terminal; the Citylink 915 bus goes all the way to Uig on Skye. Look out for the Stagecoach Express JET service if you want to head east to Fife.
The nearest train station is in nearby Paisley, around 10 minutes by bus. Take McGills’ 757 bus from the terminal bus stance.
Taxis line up right outside the terminal. Beware if you’re heading into town – traffic can be busy at peak times.
Heading off under your own steam? Book your car with LCY before your trip, and arrive stress-free, ready to roll.
Glasgow’s universities, the Glasgow Science Centre and the Scottish Event Campus, encompassing the Armadillo and the SSE Hydro make the city a popular conference destination. Visiting for a conference? Search for your Glasgow hotel and book ahead.
From traditional music to belly laughs, Glasgow gives its eastern neighbour Edinburgh a run when it comes to festivals.
Celtic Connections every January brings together folk, roots and world music for a rousing programme of concerts, ceilidhs and impromptu pub performances that chase away the dark winter evenings.
Burns Night on 25 January is the national day of celebration to mark the birth, life, and song and poems of Robert Burns. There are Burns Suppers to be found across the city – be prepared to find grown men crying into their dram over 18th-century lost love.
Glasgow gave us Sir Billy Connolly and Frankie Boyle. The Glasgow International Comedy Festival brings together big-name comics and emerging talent every March.
The West End Festival in June is a three-week arts treat topped off with a flamboyant Mardi Gras-style parade, matched in July with art, drama, dance and comedy at the Merchant City Festival.
The pipes and drums come out to play every August, at the World Pipe Band Championships.