Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley is one of Europe’s most exciting and beautiful destinations, which combines the energy and sophistication of a great international city with some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery.
Glasgow has an amazing portfolio of more than twenty museums and galleries – many of them free – including the unique Burrell Collection, stunning Mackintosh House and cool and contemporary Gallery of Modern Art. Heritage seekers will enjoy the Museum of Transport, Museum of Scottish Country Life at Kittochside and Clydebuilt, which tells the story of Glasgow and the River Clyde from tobacco to shipbuilding.
Shopping is an absolute delight in Glasgow. Not only is it tops for shops but its compact city centre and grid system makes it easy to navigate. Giant high street malls such as the ultra modern Buchanan Galleries and the St Enoch Centre are just a mocha-powered meander from the elegance of the Italian Centre and Princes Square as well as the specialty shops of the Merchant City.
You can quite literally eat your way round the world in Glasgow as the city’s café culture espouses the very latest trends in global cuisine, from the style & sushi bars of the Merchant City to the restaurants and brasseries in the hip West-End. So whether you prefer traditional fare, ethnic cuisine or the very latest in fusion and Pacific-Rim, you’ll find something to savour in Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley.
Things to see and do
* Glasgow Cathedral
* The Burrell Collection
* Glasgow Barrowland Market
Cruise Season – March to Nov
Currency – Pound Sterling (£)
Language – English and Gaelic
Land Area – 78,782 km² (Scotland)
Population – 630,000
Electricity – British-style plug with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade
Time –GMT/UTC plus 0 hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 44
Port Location –
Transport Links - Glasgow is served by two main airports close to the city: Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick International Airport which take 20 minutes and 45 minutes to the city centre respectively. Trains from England and south west Scotland arrive at Central Station, while trains from Edinburgh and anywhere north of Glasgow arrive at Queen Street Station. Long-distance bus services arrive at Buchanan Bus Station in the city centre.
Subway trains run in a double circle around the Glasgow city centre and some inner suburbs. Buses go everywhere, there's a bus at least every ten minutes on main routes during the day. The center of Glasgow is very pedestrian friendly with major shopping streets given over to foot traffic.