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INTRODUCTION

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is a place with a rich history, unique dialect and somewhere that happens to be pretty cosmopolitan. The city is home to many great examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, especially in the centre and Merchant City area, but it’s also home to many modern structures, especially along the banks of the River Clyde.

The climate in Glasgow can be a little harsh during winter, but in the summer, it can be surprisingly pleasant. The centre’s streets are laid out in a grid, which makes getting around a lot easier than it might be in other large cities in the UK, while it’s a great place to watch live music, sport and for a big shopping trip.

Ideal car:

Economy

If you want to drive in central Glasgow, then a small car is the best thing to drive. It will make going around the streets easier, plus with petrol being expensive; it won’t cost too much to fill up. Driving in Glasgow Road Driving Side: L Urban Speed Limit: 30mph Rural Speed Limit: 60mph Motorway Speed Limit: 70mph

Driving in Glasgow
  • Road Driving Side
    L
  • Urban Speed Limit
    30mph
  • Rural Speed Limit
    60mph
  • Motorway Speed Limit
    70mph

Highlights & Hotspots

The first place anyone should go in Glasgow is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on Argyle Street. A true Scottish landmark, the museum hosts amazing exhibits such as the Spitfire, as used in World War Two and artefacts from ancient Egypt.

The Gallery of Modern Art on Royal Exchange Square (Queen Street) shows how Glasgow is a creative centre. Sculptures and paintings from local and global artists make it worth the visit, while there’s a library in the basement.

George Square is Glasgow’s principal square. It hosts many public events such as concerts, while it’s a good place to sit back and look around at the surrounding buildings. The square is home to statues of many local historical figures.

Shopping in Glasgow is a must. The Buchanan Galleries and St Enoch Centre have many high street retailers, while Princes Square is home to many upmarket boutiques. Byres Road in the West End is home to many independent retailers.

Important things to note:

  • While convenient for map-reading, driving in Central Glasgow can be slow due to the roads’ layout. Patience is required here.

    The main Tourist Office in Glasgow is on 170 Buchanan Street. The office is open all year round, providing visitors with information on where to go and stay.

    Some drivers in Glasgow can be pretty aggressive. Being patient and courteous on the road can help to minimise the risk of upsetting fellow drivers.

    Ideal car: Economy

    If you want to drive in central Glasgow, then a small car is the best thing to drive. It will make going around the streets easier, plus with petrol being expensive; it won’t cost too much to fill up.

Attractions to drive to

Airport Information

There are two main airports serving Glasgow – Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport. The former is the larger of the two, eight miles west of central Glasgow. Glasgow Prestwick is 50 miles south-west of Glasgow on the Ayrshire coast. To get to and from Glasgow International Airport, you can drive onto the M8 Motorway, which takes you towards the centre. As for Glasgow Prestwick, the A77 and M77 run to the centre of Glasgow from just outside the airport.