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.
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.
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.
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.