By far the largest city in Scotland, Glasgow has a population of more than 600,000 people and is the commercial capital, offering a retail experience that is similar to that found in London markets. Located on the West coast, the city of Glasgow has a lot of history and architecture to be enjoyed and explored. Glasgow also has many cultural offerings for you to enjoy and is well-known for the friendliness of its locals. Often described as a vibrant and energetic city, Glasgow is also recognized for its sizeable art and music scene which can be enjoyed through exhibits and productions year round.
When to visit
Most would say that the best time to visit Glasgow is during the months of March through August, when temperatures are at their most pleasant and the days are longer – by as much as fifteen hours on sunlight per day, which means winter days can be quite short in Scotland. There are many long and short tours to help you discover the beauty of Scotland, and there is never a shortage of exhibits, concerts and other events. Some of the more popular tours include a visit to the Highlands, Stirling Castle, Isle of Skye and of course, the Loch Lomond and Loch Ness.
If you are traveling during the spring and summer, you should make plans to attend one of the following festivals: Glasgow Art Fair held each April, the Scottish Open held in July, or the Piping Live in August. However, if you are traveling to Glasgow during the winter months, some great events to consider this time of year include: Glasgay! which is held from September through October, Hogmanay in December, Celtic Connections or Burns Night, held each January.
During the months of March through August, temperatures normally peak in the mid-sixties, making this a popular time of year to visit Glasgow. The warmest month in Scotland is typically July while April is the driest. The rainy season begins in September, and winter does not begin until the end of October.
Fall temperatures are normally between 30-60ºF (-1-15ºC) and winter is usually cold, averaging about 30-40ºF (-1-4ºC). The coldest temperatures normally occur during the month of January. The air in Glasgow, Scotland, is usually humid, by as much as eighty percent.
Your shopping options abound in the city of Glasgow, but you certainly won't want to leave without exploring the retail offerings of Style Mile. Whether your budget is large or small, you can easily find an independent or designer label in one of the many boutiques, outlets or shops found at Style Mile. To recover from your shopping spree, unwind at Lunderston Bay, Glasgow's closest sandy beach.
Find plenty to eat and drink in the West End of Glasgow, Scotland, whether you opt for a food cart, restaurant, club, distillery or pub. If you visit Glengoyne Distillery, be sure to take their tour and learn about their own brand of whisky, which is distilled slower than other single malt Scotch whiskys, creating a unique and intense flavor.
There are more than twenty museums to explore within the city of Glasgow, and numerous city parks where you might find musicians playing live music. If you love football, you will want to visit Scotland's largest stadiums: home to Scotland's largest football stadiums: Celtic Park, Hampden Park, and Ibrox.
If it's a family oriented excursion through Glasgow, the children will love the many kid-friendly exhibits and workshops at the Glasgow Science Centre. Here, you and the kids can also enjoy a movie in Scotland's biggest IMAX cinema. Are you looking for culture? Visit Glasgow's Scottish Opera or the Scottish Ballet.
Tips & Recommendations
• Just as with any urban city, you should use common sense and caution when exploring Glasgow. The city has many parks for locals and visitors to enjoy during the day, but many of these areas are dimly lit and isolated, and should be avoided when darkness settles on the beautiful Scotland landscaping.
• Glasgow, Scotland is a shopper's paradise but keep in mind that airline fees can turn a good deal into a costly headache.
Rab Ha's Hotel has 4 stars. The rooms here are small in number and the hospitality is highly regarded. Queen Street Train Station is easy to reach from the property. Recommended attractions: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and National Theater of Scotland. Central Mosque is 1.0 km (0.6 miles) from here. Not to be missed in Glasgow are the museums Gallery of Modern Art and The National Piping center.
You're sure to enjoy great service and quality, at 3-star Dreamhouse Apartments Glasgow St Vincent Street. Public transit is accessible at nearby Queen Street Train Station. In the immediate vicinity of this accommodation, you'll find the outstanding The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum and The National Piping center. Be sure you visit Central Mosque. 0.7 km (0.4 miles) away, it's a fascinating photographic subject. Just a short distance away you'll find SECC.
Tolbooth Apartments is one of the smaller Glasgow holiday accommodations. The high star rating ensures a comfortable stay along with excellent facilities. A stay here gives you close proximity to popular attractions such as BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Gallery of Modern Art. This property is conveniently located near Queen Street Train Station.
City Centre Apartments is rated 2 star(s). If you'd rather not drive, public transport is easy via nearby Queen Street Train Station. Museums in the neighborhood include The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum and The National Piping center. Located 0.9 km (0.5 miles) away, St Mary's Cathedral attracts locals and tourists alike. This property is an excellent choice for visitors to SECC.
On a budget? 2-star Alba Lodge is an excellent choice. You won't get lost in a crowd here, as there are fewer than 20 rooms. Queen Street Train Station is close to this location, so you can readily take in attractions too far for walking. ABC Hall, Theater Royal and Scottish National Opera can all be found in nearby. Don't miss The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum and The National Piping center, both are near this property. Nearby SECC is a big draw for business travelers.
For a budget property, the 2-star Hampton Court Guest House is good value. This is a great choice for a more private, intimate stay. If you'd rather not drive, public transport is easy via nearby Queen Street Train Station. Recommended attractions: ABC Hall, Theater Royal and Scottish National Opera. Museums in the neighborhood include The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum and The National Piping center. Offering direct access to SECC, this accommodation is an excellent choice for conference attendees.
Alamo Guest House is located close to Glasgow Central Station, for convenient transportation connections. Scottish Youth Theater, Queen Margaret Union and Theater Royal are popular destinations you can easily reach from this accommodation. Cultural options in the vicinity include Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum. While visiting Glasgow, you don't want to miss St Mary's Cathedral.
Outstanding Tartan Lodge - Hostel enjoys a 4-star rating. Don't miss nearby Scottish Ballet and Martyr's School. Given the proximity of Queen Street Train Station, it's easy to arrive here by public transit.
The 2-star Glasgow Metro Youth Hostel delivers good quality for the price. The profuse selection of rooms gives you lots of choices. ABC Hall, Theater Royal and Mitchell library can all be reached on foot from this location. The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum and The National Piping center are in the neighborhood of this accommodation. While visiting Glasgow, you don't want to miss St Mary's Cathedral. Several events and conferences take place year-round in the nearby SECC.
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