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Once the industrial powerhouse of the United Kingdom, Glasgow has blossomed into a city of effortless culture and charm. Scotland’s largest city has fascinating sights at every turn from its Victorian architecture, multitude of art galleries to its culinary delights and legendary nightlife. Rent a car in Glasgow and begin to experience one of the country’s must-see destinations and maybe even try a deep-fried Mars bar along the way.

It's your choice: Where to go in Glasgow

Glasgow is served by two airports–Glasgow Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport which are 13km and 48km away from the city centre, respectively. The former is the busier with flights connecting the city to the world. Glasgow Airport parking is plentiful and once you rent a car Glasgow, it's a straightforward drive from there. Once you arrive in Glasgow, you can soak up its culture. A hub of arts, music, literature and sport, it's a city that is ready to impress you. Take the drive along the River Clyde and see the former site of the shipyards that helped to forge Glasgow life. See the Edwardian buildings and Gothic cathedrals that populate the cityscape and tip your hat to the famous Duke of Wellington statue, complete with orange traffic cone. Head out to the West End to see the beautiful parks and, of course, visit Ibrox and Celtic Park to get a taste of the city’s intense love of sport.

Things to do in Glasgow

With so many things to do in Glasgow, the most difficult decision is knowing where to start. Channel your inner nerd at the Glasgow Science Centre, this interactive museum brings science and technology to life with workshops, exciting exhibits, activities, a planetarium and an IMAX cinema. For the art lovers among you, then Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an absolute must. It has been a Glasgow institution since 1901 and showcases everything from local artists to Ancient Egypt. Should you be heading up to the Highlands, get fully prepared by buying your fishing equipment from Glasgow Angling Centre. For an authentic Glasgow experience, then visit The Barras. This indoor and outdoor market is a huge part of the city’s culture and great for picking up unusual gifts. Round a day off by seeing a show at Theatre Royal Glasgow. This iconic building opened its doors in 1867 and is home to memorable productions including from the Scottish Opera.

Important info about Glasgow

Glasgow is situated in West Scotland around an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and 136km north of the English border. It is a city that formed the backbone of the UK’s industry with a history of textiles and shipbuilding, today it is a place of culture and one that has been named a UNESCO Creative City and a UNESCO City of Music. In the past it has been the host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and staged football matches during the 2012 Olympics. The Victorian architecture, effortlessly cool nightlife scene and curious culinary dishes set it apart from Edinburgh. Since you are in Scotland, you cannot rely on the weather and Glasgow is regularly a rain soaked scene. It enjoys pleasant summers but it can get seriously chilly in the winter, so don’t forget a coat.

Weather in Glasgow
Country Scotland
Language English
Currency Pound sterling
Time-Zones GMT
Country Code +44

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Once you rent a car, Glasgow is a fairly easy city to navigate. Like many major cities across Europe, it's looking to reduce carbon emissions, and a low emissions zone is set to be implemented by December 2022. You drive on the left in Scotland and require a valid driving licence and the correct insurance documents in your vehicle at all times. Scotland has very strict drink driving laws with the legal limit recently lowered to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The speed limits vary across Scotland with maximum speed in built-up areas set at 30mph while increased for outside of built-up areas to 60mph and again for motorways and dual carriageways which is 70mph. Thanks to its dramatic countryside Scotland is an incredible experience for a driving break.

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What to taste in Glasgow

Among the gourmet cuisine served at Glasgow restaurants, there is one delicacy that Scotland has been synonymous with–the deep-fried Mars bar. Visit any fish and chip shop in Glasgow and you will find this decadent, artery-clogging snack. Such is its notoriety, you can find versions in Michelin Star restaurants. Away from the city’s obsession with deep-fried food, you can try a delicious take on a Scottish classic with venison haggis which gives a meaty kick to the traditional haggis recipe. Just when you thought mac ‘n cheese could not get any better, Glaswegians bake it into a pie–a mac ‘n cheese pie warms the soul on those winter afternoons. Start your day properly with a ‘Full Scottish’ breakfast and complete with Lorne Sausage, a meaty, spicy, tasty morsel that is integral to any breakfast. And since you’re in Scotland, it would be rude not to have a wee dram of whisky...although maybe not for breakfast.

What to bring your friends from Glasgow

If you want to take home a piece of Glasgow, then the city’s Gallery of Modern Art has prints from Scottish artists such as Ken Currie and John Bellany, while there are also souvenirs of The Duke of Wellington sporting his famous traffic cone. Visit a tartan shops and see if you can find your family’s signature pattern. Take home a kilt, a delicious bar of shortbread or even invest in some Celtic jewellery. Like many places across Scotland, Glasgow is home to some pretty special whisky, the local drop of Auchentoshan is made in nearby Clydebank. For a city that is football mad, you can take home memorabilia from one of the two major teams. Both Rangers and Celtic have club shops at Ibrox and Celtic Park for you to grab a shirt–just choose your allegiance carefully.