Flights and holidays to Glasgow
Scotland's friendliest city, Glasgow is the cultural capital and hub of all things new and exciting going on in the country. You can fly direct from Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver into Glasgow Airport, just a 20-minute drive from the heart of the city centre. Flying here puts you in prime position to explore all that the country has to offer, whether you plan to city hop to the historical capital city Edinburgh, or heading up north to the Highlands and Islands, or hiring a car to explore the quaint coastal villages across the central belt.
2014 is a bumper year for Glasgow, as this year's host city of the Commonwealth Games, when the city will come alive with pride and anticipation. Visit the city during this incredible landmark event and see some of the world's top athletes compete for prestigious prizes in the cities excellent venues of old and new.
Glasgow's unique style is stamped on its year-round events programme, which offers live performances, festivals and entertainment fifty-two weeks of the year. The recent designation as a UNESCO City of Music has firmly set the seal on the city's reputation as one of Europe's premier cultural capitals, and summer 2014 is huge for Glasgow as it hosts the MTV Europe Music Awards.
Just a short 30-minute drive out of the city you can be on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, a stunning area where you can unwind, soak in the breathtaking scenery and enjoy the many walking paths along the water. If you are feeling adventurous then there are water sports to enjoy in the summer months, or for total relaxation visit one of the world-class loch side spas and hotels.
Things to do in Glasgow
Glasgow is a modern, vibrant metropolis yet still retains its legendary warmth and generous hospitality. There is so much to see, do and experience in the city, it is tricky to know where to start!
As the largest shopping centre in the UK outside of London, Glasgow the perfect spot for all shopaholics! The fashion 'style mile' of Argyle, Buchannan and Sauchiehall Streets combined are where to head if you want to go crazy in the UK's top high street shops, and just off Buchannan Street you have the elegant Princes Square mall with high end designer shops and trendy bars, or a five minute wander from here you will find the designer boutiques of the Merchant City. The cobbled mews and lanes of the city's west-end are a treasure trove for anyone hunting antiques, vintage clothing and unique craft shops. www.glasgowstylemile.com.
Architecture in Glasgow is wonderful, if you know where to look. Some of the most beautiful buildings are the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow University, the Mitchell Library, and House for an Art Lover. Whilst wandering the cobbled streets of Buchanan Street and the Merchant City, be sure to look up, as many of the buildings now inhabited by top UK retails brands, above eye level you will see intricate and impressive designs.
Music lovers will be in heaven in Glasgow. Artists consistently rave about the Glasgow crowd and how much of a joy it is to play to such a vibrant group of people, and in some of the UK’s top venues. Dive bars, pubs, historic theatres, converted picture houses, warehouses, stadiums and impressive concert halls...music is very much a part of Glasgow, and the diversity of venues and artists is incredible. This summer Glasgow will also be proud hosts of the MTV Europe Music Awards which will be broadcast live from the spectacular new river side venue the SSE Hydro.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the famous Glasgow architect, designer and artist is renowned internationally for his innovative and influential style which helped shape European Art Nouveau. Mackintosh has left his distinctive mark on many buildings across the city including The Glasgow School of Art, the Willow Tearooms, House for an Art Lover and the Mackintosh House which is a beautiful recreation of the interior of Mackintosh’s original home www.glasgowmackintosh.com.
Top attractions in Glasgow
- 1. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
- 2. The Glasgow School of Art
- 3. The Burrell Collection
- 4. The Tall Ship
- 5. Hunterian Art Gallery & Mackintosh House
- 6. Hampden Park – Scotland's National Football Stadium
- 7. House for an Art Lover
- 8. Glasgow Science Centre
- 9. The Transport Museum
- 10. Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is just an easy 45mins drive or train journey away, so be sure to visit there during your trip to Glasgow. Here you will find enchanting history where the castle sits proudly above the city, quaint cobbled streets, historical landmarks, monuments and pubs waiting to be discovered.