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.
Food and Drink
Whether it’s the beefiest of burgers that get your juices flowing or fine dining on the pick of Scotland’s rich larder, Glasgow's food scene is something to get excited about.
There’s not a local around who hasn’t enjoyed a curry from the Koh-I-Noor (North Street) or the Shish Mahal (Park Road). Both have been tickling taste-buds since the 1960s.
If there’s one thing Glaswegians love as much as a lamb bhuna, it’s a burger. Eat-in or takeaway, gourmet and often gut-busting, a good burger is a must-do when you’re in town.
Given up meat? Glasgow has taken vegans and vegetarians to its warm heart. Wash down your veggie haggis with a pint of craft vegan lager, and tuck into vegan clootie dumpling for dessert. The West End will keep you topped up.
For real Glasgow style, Café D’Jaconelli (Maryhill Road) is a 1950s throwback, with booths, a jukebox and a killer knickerbocker glory. Seafood specialist Rogano (Exchange Square) dates to the 1930s and revels in a stylish Art Nouveau vibe.
After all that, you might need a nightcap. The Pot Still (Hope Street) has been around for more than 150 years and boasts more than 700 different whiskies.