Best times to go
The best time to go will be August. It’s still in the middle of summer but the main draw to Scotland during these times will be the highland games. Mostly held in the highlands, Glasgow can be an excellent base to stay first and catch any festivities that are happening in the area. Summer’s temperatures are not quite as hot as in London, and not quite as chilly as it will be during winter. Be prepared to pay more as compared to off peak times.
Getting to Glasgow can be done by coach (bus), train, taking an airplane or even by ferry boat. Because of low cost airlines, coaches, and other means of transport, you can get to Glasgow easily from London or other bigger cities within the UK (like Edinburgh). Within the city of Glasgow itself, you can either rent a car to get around, take a cab or a tour, or ride public buses to get to the outskirts of the city center. One thing about Glasgow is it has a small subway that you can also ride in. It only has one line and goes around the stops as if in a circle, but definitely also worth taking if you are tired or suddenly started raining. Other options will be walking or cycling around the center instead of driving (parking is scarce and the fees are expensive).
Places to See:
Glasgow is overshadowed by Edinburgh, but it has its own gems. The architecture in this city is absolutely divine, as if you were transported back in an earlier century.
- Glasgow University – Glasgow is a university town, and the university here is one of the most prestigious academies in the UK (and also the world). The university’s main building dates from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, and the university itself was founded in 1451.
- Glasgow Green – 400 hectares of green space and one of the oldest of the city parks. It’s got several monuments and structures inside the park that are of interest: a monument to Horatio Nelson, McLennan arch (technically an entrance to the park), and a suspension bridge, among others. Great for a quiet day out in nature.
- The City Center – within the center, you can see some great buildings such as the Glasgow Cathedral, originally consecrated during the first century, and boasts of great Gothic architecture. You can also see George Square, dotted with statues of city leaders, and behind it is the City Chambers, home of the Glasgow City Council (politicians of sorts, but mostly look after city wide affairs). You can also see Tron Theater, a theatre venue located inside a former church, and also the Mitchell Library, where you can see a beautiful reading room and actually read/borrow materials to peruse inside.
What to Eat:
Food here is the same as Edinburgh and throughout Scotland. As stated in the Edinburgh article, best if you can try a haggis, which is like the national dish of Scotland. Don’t forget to also try the whisky and the huge Scottish breakfast that they offer.
Tip: Try to look for local joints when looking for a breakfast place. You may be able to see them from the number of locals that are eating inside (mostly cabbies or workers on the run). These are typically a cheaper and more authentic version that what you may get at your hotel.