Glasgow

People make Glasgow – so the saying goes. And it͛s true, you'll struggle to find a warmer welcome.

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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.

Night life

Glaswegians love a good time. A pub singsong, a boot-thumping ceilidh, ear-pounding clubs, rocking venues… even the street buskers get the locals dancing.

You’ve not really done Glasgow until you’ve emerged ears ringing from a Saturday afternoon karaoke session. Try out the Horse Shoe Bar (Drury Street) – the Victorian bar is said to be the longest in Europe – or take in some foot-tapping traditional sounds at the 230-year-old Scotia Bar (Stockwell Street).

Rock out at the legendary Barrowlands in the East End, or follow in the footsteps of Oasis who honed their style at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (St Vincent’s Street).

Glasgow can do sophisticated culture too. A former European City of Culture, its Theatre Royal is home to Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet. Cutting edge drama is found at the Tramway Theatre for a highbrow night out.

Glaswegian audiences are prone to sing along during musicals at the King's Theatre, and happily compete with the comedians for laughs at the comedy clubs.