Flights to Glasgow (GLA)

A flight to Glasgow introduces a city that knows how to enjoy itself. You’ll be won over by the Scottish charm.

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Flights to Glasgow

Glasgow is regularly named among the top destinations to visit in the UK and it’s easy to see why. Scotland’s second largest city might not be the capital—that’s Edinburgh, on the east coast—but it’s certainly a capital of culture. Flights to Glasgow will help you understand why the city is renowned for its vibrant creative arts and music scene, as well as some of the best restaurants, lounges, and live music venues in the world.

Glasgow city center, known as the Merchant City, is home to some the best places to eat, drink, and shop in Europe, including an impressive shopping mall, the St. Enoch Centre. There are markets, museums, and art galleries everywhere, including the beautiful Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and lots of traditional eateries offering a warming ambience when the weather gets chilly. These cozy nooks are also good spots to try local dishes, such as haggis with "tatties and neaps" (potatoes and turnips) and cock-a-leekie (chicken and leek) soup.

One of the finest Victorian cities in Great Britain, Glasgow is rich in history, too. You can stroll along the River Clyde and soak up Glasgow’s maritime past before stopping along the waterfront for a coffee. For sports fans, Glasgow is home to not one but two historic soccer teams—Celtic and the Rangers—who participate in one of the oldest and greatest rivalries in club soccer, the Old Firm derby.

This passion extends beyond the sporting arena: the city is proud of its past and its traditions, but is also looking ahead to the future. And as brilliant as the place is, it’s really the people who make Glasgow. Scots are nothing if not convivial, and Glaswegians bring a charm that’s as unique as it is appealing.

Visit the Necropolis

Friends of the Necropolis offer free two-hour walking tours around the historic site from which the organization takes its name. The passionate, very knowledgeable volunteer guides will tell you all about the lives—and often-fascinating deaths—of the graveyard's residents. And the views over Glasgow are spectacular.

Glasgow Necropolis
70 Cathedral Square
Glasgow City
G4 0UZ
+44 141 287 3961
glasgownecropolis.org

See Celtic or Rangers

To be accepted as an honorary Glaswegian, you may have to pick an Old Firm side: Celtic or Rangers. Head to either Celtic Park (home of the top division Bhoys) or Ibrox Stadium to experience the atmosphere created by some of the world's most passionate soccer fans. Just be sure to wear the right colors for your side of town.

Celtic Park
G40 3RE
+44 871 226 1888
celticfc.net

Relax in Pollock Country Park

Just a 10-minute train ride from Glasow's city center, you'll find the award-winning Pollock Country Park—140 acres of lush lawns and gardens. The park regularly hosts community events such as dray rides and organized sunrise walks, and it boasts the Pollock House, an 18th-century home with an impressive art collection.

2060 Pollokshaws Road
Lanarkshire
G43 1AT
+44 141 287 5064
glasgow.gov.uk

Drive to Loch Lomond

When you’re standing in the middle of the city center, you wouldn’t believe that Loch Lomond is just a 30-minute drive out of town. In and around the freshwater loch is perfect for canoeing, hiking, and mountain biking, while Britain’s biggest stretch of open water is full of wildlife.

Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park
Carrochan Road
Balloch
G83 8EG
+44 1389 722 600
lochlomond-trossachs.org

See something at the Arches

Glasgow has a well-deserved reputation as a lively city, and sampling its nightlife is a must. Don’t miss the Archers, a nonprofit theater, art, and live music venue that’s at the heart of Glasgow culture.

253 Argyle Street
Glasgow City
G2 8DL
+44 141 565 1000
thearches.co.uk

Visit the cultural trio

You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to culture in Glasgow. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, home to almost 10,000 pieces, is the most visited attraction in the UK outside London and admission is free. Visit it, the Riverside Museum, and the People's Palace and Winter Gardens and you'll have completed the "cultural trio" of Glasgow.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Argyle Street
G3 8AG
+44 141 276 9599
glasgowlife.org.uk

Old Salty's (Seafood)

You can’t leave Scotland without eating something coated in batter; this is the land that gave the world deep-fried Mars Bars, after all. Glaswegians love their fish and chips, and Old Salty’s serves up some of the best in town. For a lighter bite, try their grilled tiger prawns with lemon and chilli.

1126 Argyle Street
Glasgow City
G3 8TD
+ 44 141 357 5677
oldsaltys.co.uk

McCune Smith (Cafe)

Get chatting to one of McCune's regulars and they'll tell you this stylish cafe is the best in all of Glasgow. Its menu regularly changes, but try something like rye bread stuffed with scrapple (a meatloaf made with cornmeal), fresh apple, and cranberry sauce, and it’s hard to disagree.

3-5 Duke Street
Glasgow City
G4 0UL
+44 141 548 1114
mccunesmith.co.uk

The Squid & Whale (Mexican)

If you’re looking for a friendly, cozy spot for a laid-back dinner, the Squid & Whale is a good choice. This relaxed Mexican restaurant in Glasgow also has an impressive selection of craft beverages, which you can use to wash down the lengthy menu of tacos, burritos, antojitos, and daily specials.

372-374 Great Western Road
Lanarkshire
G4 9HT
+44 141 339 5070
squidwhale.com

The Dhabba (Indian)

Dhabbas are roadside diners in northern India, which is where this restaurant’s cuisine comes from. The chefs here have cooked for presidents in their homeland, so they know their stuff. Be sure to try the dum pukht, curries slow cooked and sealed in pots with thin layers of bread.

44 Candleriggs
Lanarkshire
G1 1LE
+44 141 553 1249
thedhabba.com

Ubiquitous Chip (Scottish)

The Ubiquitous Chip is not only the best-named place to eat in Glasgow; it's also one of the oldest. This award-winning restaurant has a menu that uses only local Scottish ingredients, and it’s been going for almost 50 years. Keep an eye out for special events, like the jazz lunches.

12 Ashton Lane
Lanarkshire
G12 8SJ
+44 141 334 5007
ubiquitouschip.co.uk

Number 16 (International)

Blink and you’ll miss this cozy little restaurant at the bottom of Glasgow's Byres Road. It’s a popular neighborhood bistro (there is room for just 40 diners) that serves up traditional Scottish food with an international twist.

16 Byres Road
Glasgow City
G11 5JY
+44 141 339 2544
number16.co.uk

The Arthouse Glasgow

Just like Glasgow itself, the Arthouse Glasgow feels both modern and Old World at the same time. This 59-room townhouse is beautifully designed, and the wooden paneling and floor-to-ceiling bookcases will make you feel like you’re in a cozy cabin. It’s the perfect setting to relax and plan your holiday.

129 Bath Street
City Centre
G2 2SZ
+44 141 221 6789
thearthouseglasgow.co.uk

Blythswood Square

This five-star spa hotel has 100 rooms that get the balance between classic and contemporary just right. You can choose from a range of sizes, from the Wee Classic room to the Penthouse Suite. Even if you don’t stay the night, it's worth visiting for the popular afternoon tea or hanging out in the lively lounge.

11 Blythswood Square
Glasgow City
G2 4AD
+44 141 248 8888
townhousecompany.com/blythswoodsquare

The Z Hotel Glasgow

Compact and contemporary, this "urbanite stay" hotel is a former printing plant in the center of the city, right next to George Square. Understated and with reasonable rates, it's one of the best mid-range hotels in Glasgow.

36 North Frederick Street
City Centre
GG1 2BS
+44 141 212 4550
thezhotels.com/z-glasgow

citizenM Glasgow

citizenM Glasgow is a quirky hotel that promises “absolutely no trouser presses, bellboys, towel swans, or boring pillow chocolates.” What you will get are huge comfy beds, wall-to-wall windows, and free movies. There’s also free Wi-Fi and use of creative spaces where you can make notes on the wipe-clean walls.

60 Renfrew Street
Lanarkshire
G2 3BW
+44 20 3519 1111
citizenm.com

Hotel du Vin

Set on a tree-lined Victorian terrace in the fashionable West End, this is one seriously stylish hotel. As well as its fashionable lounge, bistro, and bedrooms, Hotel du Vin even has its own cigar room. It’s also conveniently located just 30 minutes from beautiful Loch Lomond.

1 Devonshire Gardens
Glasgow City
G12 0UX
+44 844 736 4256
hotelduvin.com/glasgow

Grasshoppers Hotel Glasgow

This is a small, sleek hotel with a great location near Central Station. Like Glasgow itself, the Grasshopper (as it’s affectionately known) is classy without being pretentious. When you’re not hanging out in the stylish, unfussy rooms, you can take advantage of discounted entry to the gym and pool.

87 Union Street
City Centre
G1 3TA
+44 141 222 2666
grasshoppersglasgow.com

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