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.
Central Glasgow is easy to explore on foot, but some of its finest attractions are best reached using public transport.
Go underground and use Glasgow’s ‘clockwork orange’, the world’s third-oldest subway system. Its circular track serves 15 stations – you can travel its entire length in under half an hour.
Look for distinctive orange circular signs at street level for station entrances. Buy a preloaded subway smartcard if you’re planning to use the service for a few days.
There are plenty of buses, and several bus-only routes through the city mean you can get from A to B without traffic in the way. First Bus Greater Glasgow has more than 100 routes. Buy your ticket from the driver, or use the mTickets app on your phone.
An open-top, hop-on, hop-off bus tour of the city can whizz you around the main attractions, with 21 stops to explore.
The city has plenty of cycle routes and 500 bikes in 43 locations available to hire from Nextbike Glasgow. If you really want to put those thighs to work, take on Sustrans canal path route 754, all the way from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
For quick jaunts around the city you can hail a black cab – be prepared for chatty taxi driver banter.
West End: for Glasgow's arty side
Glasgow’s West End has a chilled, bohemian feel. Stroll through Glasgow Botanic Gardens and its recently restored Kibble Palace glasshouse, and see a Salvador Dali masterpiece at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
After hours, head to Ashton Lane where the Ubiquitous Chip has been serving dishes from Scotland’s larder for 40 years.
Finnieston: for cooler than cool
Finnieston is emerging as one of Glasgow's hippest neighbourhoods, thanks to overspill from the West End and Zaha Hadid’s spiky steel Riverside Museum. The Tall Ship is alongside, one of just five Clyde-built ships still afloat.
Argyle Street is the heart of Finnieston today – a strip of modern bars and restaurants, all knowingly uber-cool without trying too hard. To the south along the waterfront is the Scottish Event Campus. The SSE Hydro attracts some of the world’s biggest artists, with the quirky SEC Armadillo next door. The Finnieston Crane towers over the area, a 53m throwback to Finnieston's shipbuilding age.
Southside: for Glasgow style
Across the River Clyde you can visit two of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s most famous buildings.
Behind impressive leaded-glass towers and carved stonework, Scotland Street School Museum’s classrooms tell of Victorian school life. House for an Art Lover is nearby in Bellahouston Park and is a focal point for cultural events.
Pollok Country Park boasts the Burrell Collection and grand Pollok House
Currency: Pound Sterling – don't worry about getting Scottish notes back as change; you can use them in England
Navigation: City centre streets are grid-style blocks, linked by narrow lanes that house cafes, bars and galleries – easy to find your way around
Population: 600,000, approx.