Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, situated on the River Clyde. This important location has influenced the city throughout its history as it went from a small village to one of the largest seaports in the UK.
Now the third largest city in the entire United Kingdom, Glasgow is a hub of activity. It is known the world over for its vibrant arts and culture scene, and stunning architecture. Recognized as a European City of Culture, is home to more than 100 cultural organisations including Scotland’s national companies, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera, National Theatre of Scotland, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. A UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow is a hotbed of musical creativity across all genres. The city has over 90 parks and formal gardens – more green spaces per person than any other European city.
September is pleasant and is one of the drier months. September usually sees average highs of 16 °C/61°F. Because of the country’s northerly location of Scotland is generally a few degrees colder than England.
Getting Around Glasgow
The Subway is the easiest way to get around the City Centre and West End of Glasgow. Running every 5 minutes at peak times, it takes just 24 minutes to complete a circuit of the 15 stations. Tickets start from £1.40. A Subway Smartcard, offers the best fares and is refillable.
Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow by rail to the South. Glasgow Queen Street Station operates routes mainly to Edinburgh & the North. The SPT "Roundabout" ticket gives one day unlimited travel by rail and Subway to over 110 stations in the Greater Glasgow area. These tickets can be purchased through ScotRail or SPT Travel Centres.
Glasgow Taxis, the distinctive black cabs, operate in and around the city. If their yellow light is on they can be flagged down on the street.
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Getting to Glasgow
Glasgow Airport (GLA) serves most major international airlines. It is located 8 miles (13km) west of the city. Airport buses run from the airport to Glasgow city centre up to every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, and take approximately 25 minutes. Glasgow Taxis are available upon arrival.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport
(PIK) is 32 miles (51km) South West of the city. It's a main base for Ryanair. Prestwick has its own train station. There are 3 trains per hour on weekdays and the journey to Glasgow Central Station takes around 50 minutes. There is an early morning and late evening express bus service, the X99/X100, which takes an hour.
(EDI) is 39 miles (63km) from Glasgow. You can get to Glasgow from the airport by either bus, train or taxi. Scottish Citylink provides direct bus services from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow's Buchanan Bus Station every 30 minutes. Lothian Buses has the Airlink100 express bus from Edinburgh city centre to Glasgow. Glasgow Queen Street Station provides the main rail link between Glasgow and Edinburgh, with 8 direct services per hour on weekdays.