From Eco Friendly Travels

Eco-friendly travel guide to Glasgow advises how to be a responsible tourist. Learn how to explore the attractions in a sustainable way and how to respect the local people and culture. Make your trip green by supporting locally owned hotels, organic restaurants and other businesses. Read more on how to protect the environment by making conscientious choices and how to travel green in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.

The Kingston Bridge crossing the River Clyde in Glasgow City Centre

  • Air quality: 3 / 5
  • Exploring by foot: 4 / 5
  • Exploring by bicycle: 4/ 5
  • Public transportation: 4 / 5
  • Parks: 5 / 5
  • Outdoor activities: 5 / 5
  • Locals' English level: 5 / 5
  • Safety: 4 / 5
  • Accommodation: US$65 - $295
  • Budget per day: US$74 - $136

Responsible Travel

Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland, making it the third-most populous city in the United Kingdom. It is also the port city of the River Clyde in Scotland's western Lowlands. It's famed for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture, a rich legacy of the city's 18th–20th-century prosperity due to trade and shipbuilding. Today it's a national cultural hub, home to institutions including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums and a thriving music scene.

Glasgow has been recognised as one of the world's top five cities for its commitment to sustainable business tourism. To play your part as a responsible tourist, there are a couple of things that you can do:

  • Eco Friendly Accommodation: You can book an eco-friendly hotel or resort at a very reasonable price as there are plenty of green hotels.
  • Support local and sustainable goods: Buy souvenirs from the local markets rather than going to the shopping malls where they sell internationally branded things.
  • Try the local food and learn about the local culture: Instead of eating from fast food conglomerates that massively add to the problem of pollution and waste, try the local food from local restaurants and food trucks. Not only they have more ethical business practices, they are owned by small business owners who are trying to support their family. Learning about the local culture, the historical buildings etc will also give you perspective about how important it is to preserve the environment and protect these places.
  • Use an eco friendly transport method: Whether you are a local or a tourist to get to know the area even better while on foot or cycle with the local guides or the multiple tours conducted by the hotel you are staying in or you can book such tours on online sites. Not using a car or a bus will reduce your carbon footprint.

Air Quality and Pollution

Glasgow is one of the most polluted parts of the UK, an air quality report has shown. Glasgow had 16 micrograms of the particles per cubic metre of air, exceeding the 10 micrograms safe limit.

A quick sweep over Glasgow air pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI):

PM2.5 - 33

PM10 - 17

O3 - 32

NO2 - 31

The AQI shows that Glasgow ranks Moderate on most days in terms of the Air Quality.

Respect the Culture

Glasgow was one of the first European capitals of culture, in 1990. Known as an industrial city, it has now gained recognition as a creative and cultural centre of European importance. The city has many amenities for a wide range of cultural activities, from curling to opera and ballet and from football to art appreciation; it also has a large selection of museums that include those devoted to transport, religion, and modern art. Though the language people speak here is English, you will be amazed to know there are almost 158 languages spoken as the main home language by pupils in publicly funded schools in Scotland.

The locals are called “Glaswegians” and they speak in a very distinctive way. It is called Glaswegian or Glasgow patter. Glaswegian is a form of Scots, which is one of Scotland's three indigenous languages.

Scottish people are generally very patriotic. They are fiercely proud of their country and will defend it with their last breath. Fiery and bold. Historically Scots are brave, stubborn, and courageous. This trait of theirs reflects their history. Make sure to learn as much as possible from the locals about their mesmerising history of struggle, fights, and courage.

Food operates as an expression of cultural identity. Traditional cuisine is extremely rich and diverse, and it’s worth trying local specialities. Traditional Scottish foods include haggis, black pudding and scotch pie. These can be found all over Glasgow.

Top 10 Places to Visit

Located on the River Clyde, Glasgow has been transformed from an industrial city to Scotland's cultural center, with its excellent museums, art galleries, concert venues, and festivals. Here are the top-rated tourist attractions in Glasgow.

  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum - Opened in 1901, the museum has a fine collection of British and continental paintings, including such gems as Van Gogh's portrait of the Glaswegian art collector Alexander Reid, and Salvador Dali's Christ of Saint John of the Cross. This is also one of the museums that is known for its ethical and green practices. It also won the Gold Award from Visit Scotland’s Green Tourism scheme. Museums like these need more support from visitors for the massive change they are bringing and how they are totally challenging the mainstream view of how these places should be run.
  • Glasgow Cathedral : Glasgow Cathedral, also called the High Kirk of Glasgow or St Kentigern's or St Mungo's Cathedral, is the oldest cathedral in mainland Scotland and is the oldest building in Glasgow. It is an architectural marvel and for all the history buffs and people interested in ancient architecture, this is a must visit. The cathedral has been host to number of congregations and continues as a place of active Christian worship, hosting a Church of Scotland congregation.
  • Riverside Museum: The Riverside Museum is the location of the Glasgow Museum of Transport, at Pointhouse Quay in the Glasgow Harbour regeneration district of Glasgow, Scotland. The reason that it has won the European Museum of the Year Award should be reason alone to visit. There is just so much that this museum has to offer. If you want to learn anything about transport from skateboards to ancient prams to locomotives, this is the place to be.
  • Glasgow Science Center - Located in the waterfront area near the Riverside Museum, a must-visit sightseeing opportunity for families, the Glasgow Science Centre is a great way to spend time together. If you have children accompanying you on the trip or if you are a science lover yourself then this should be one of the top places on your itinerary.
  • People's Palace - Originally, the ground floor of the building provided reading and recreation rooms, with a museum on the first floor, and a picture gallery on the top floor. Since the 1940s, it has been the museum of social history for the city of Glasgow and tells the story of the people and the city from 1750 to the present day. Even though the first public space of Glasgow, the winter gardens that are right outside the People's palace have closed indefinitely, they still offer a beautiful view.
  • The Lighthouse - The Lighthouse in Glasgow is Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture. It was opened as part of Glasgow's status as UK City of Architecture and Design in 1999. It is a three one place that takes on the role of visitor centre, events venue and exhibition space. The lighthouse can be a good starting point to discover the unique and gothic architecture of Glasgow.
  • Gallery of Modern Art - The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is the main gallery of contemporary art. GoMA offers a programme of temporary exhibitions and workshops. GoMA displays work by local and international artists as well as addressing contemporary social issues through its major biannual projects. Since its opening in 1996, the gallery has hosted several million visitors. It has a dedicated Education and Access studio, facilitating workshops and artists talks and in the basement a Learning Library.
  • The National Piping Centre and the Bagpipe Museum - The National Piping Centre is an excellent resource for those with a passion for bagpipes and drumming, whether as a performer or a fan. Lessons and courses are available, including intensive bagpipe schools held at a variety of locations worldwide. The National Piping Centre is also home to the superb Museum of Piping, which includes piping memorabilia belonging to Robbie Burns and the 17th-century Iain Dall MacKay chanter, the world's oldest surviving bagpipe relic.

  • George Square - George Square is the principal civic square in the city of Glasgow, Scotland. It is one of six squares in the city centre, the others being Cathedral Square, St Andrew's Square, St Enoch Square, Royal Exchange Square, and Blythswood Square on Blythswood Hill. The square that is named after King George the third is a great place to interact with locals. Always alive and with the hustle and bustle of people, it’s one of the places that is a must visit on your trip to Glasgow. There are several important statutes and monuments also located here for example the statute of the poet Robert Burns or the chemist Thomas Graham. There was a statute of Robert Peel that was vandalised during a Black Lives Matter protest in 2020 which also shows the political importance of the George square.
  • Glasgow Botanic Gardens - Glasgow Botanic Gardens is a botanical garden located in the West End of Glasgow, Scotland. It features several glasshouses, the most notable of which is the Kibble Palace. Built in 1873, Kibble Palace contains a collection of rare orchids; tree ferns from Australia and New Zealand; and plants from Africa, the Americas, and the Far East.
George Square with the Scott monument in the centre, Glasgow City Chambers to the left and the former Post Office to the right.


From dawn to dusk and into the night, there is a huge range of things to do in Glasgow during every hour of your trip. Glasgow is home to some of Scotland's best cultural attractions. With magnificent hotels, plazas, historic sites, museums, and parks, this city never runs out of tourists from all over the world.

City Parks

Glasgow's Gaelic name Glaschu -meaning Dear green place - is apt, given its 90 parks and open spaces. To name a few -

  • Glasgow Green - We have already talked about People's Palace, the museum is one of the main attractions of Glasgow Green Park. Laid out in 1662, it is by far the oldest of the city's parks and is an easy walk from the city center. This lush green park which is located in the north bank of the River Clyde, is the perfect place to take in the beauty of the city. It is also one of the oldest public parks and the facilities offered include a car park, a cycle path, floral display, floral garden, football pitches, cafe, wildflower meadows etc. There is also wheelchair access. Overall, it’s a perfect place for exercising, family picnic or just grabbing a bite to eat.
  • Kelvingrove Park -: Located on the river Kelvin and bordering the famous Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, this gorgeous green space was established in 1852. It is a busy public space containing a skate park, bowling and croquet green and a number of interesting monuments, visitors can expect a lot to do and see during a stroll here.
  • Pollok Country Park - Pollok Country Park is a 146-hectare country park located in Pollok, Glasgow, Scotland. In 2007, Pollok County Park was named Britain's Best Park, and in 2008 it was named the Best Park in Europe, beating competition from parks in Italy, France, Germany, Poland and Sweden. Despite this, by 2019 it was considered that the park was 'underused' with plans drawn up to encourage more visitors. Walk down the winding entrance path to this park and you are almost immediately greeted by a fold of Highland Cattle. Having been bred on the grounds since 1830, the cows have come to be the park’s signature feature, appearing at various galas and show days to reach iconic local status. Venturing further into the park guests will find a number of other attractions including the National Trust for Scotland venue Pollok House.
  • Seven Lochs Wetland Park -: Scotland's largest urban Nature park comprises nearly 20 km² of land and water between Glasgow and Coatbridge. The park combines many existing features, including four local nature reserves; Bishop Loch, Cardowan Moss, Commonhead Moss (a raised bog) and Hogganfield Park; Drumpellier Country Park which includes Woodend Loch SSSI and Lochend Loch; Frankfield Loch; Johnston Loch; Garnqueen Loch; Provan Hall a 15th-century category A listed building. Relaxing walks around a medium-sized lake which is home to many ducks, swans and geese, what more do you want!
  • Linn Park - The second-largest park space in the city, Linn Park stretches over 82 acres of lush greenery. The park is home to an 18-hole golf course, two children’s playgrounds and a number of historic bridges stretching over the stream. With plentiful well-tended paths leading through the forest, guests can choose their walking route in terms of length and difficulty, marvelling at the flora, fauna and waterfalls dotted around the grounds.
  • Victoria Park - This massive park that is spread on a whopping 50 acres is a personal favourite of the locals. This is because of the wide range of activities and sports that can be played in this park that include tennis, basketball etc. There are also plenty of swans and ducks to watch at the model yachting pond so if you have little children accompanying you, they will be entertained as well. There is also a memorial for the locals who died during the world wars so you can pay your respect.
  • James Hamilton Heritage Park - This one is also famous for sports activities especially water sports like windsurfing, power boating, kayaking. If you’re a water sports fan then this is the place to be. There’s also a Main’s castle close by that was constructed in the 15th century which is worth seeing.
The Nelson Monument on Glasgow Green, with the People's Palace, Glasgow, in the background

National Parks

Scotland has two National Parks:Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, established in 2002. Cairngorms National Park, established in 2003 and extended in 2010.

The nearest one is Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. You can either take a bus, train, or taxi/car. It extends to cover much of the western part of the southern highlands, lying to the north of the Glasgow conurbation and contains many mountains and lochs. It is the fourth largest national park in the British Isles, which includes 21 Munros (including Ben Lomond, Ben Lui, Beinn Challuim, Ben More and two peaks called Ben Vorlich) and 20 Corbetts.

Over 200 species of birds and over 25% of all the species of plants known to occur in Britain have been recorded in the national park. The park is home to many of the species most associated with the Scottish highlands, including capercaillie, red deer, red squirrel, Scottish wildcat, golden eagle, peregrine falcon, black grouse, buzzard, geese and osprey.

Many different habitats are present in the park. Native woodland in the park includes the area of Atlantic oakwoods, Caledonian pinewoods, and areas of wet woodland. Higher up there are important upland habitats such as heathland, blanket bog and willow scrub. The park has 22 large lochs and 50 rivers and larger burns, along with numerous smaller lochs, lochans and burns. These waters support fish species such as salmon, trout, Arctic charr, powan and river, brook and sea lampreys.

Classified as a Category v protected area by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, this park also includes 63 kilometres (39 mi) of coastline around three sea lochs: Loch Long, Loch Goil and the Holy Loch. This coastline consists of many rocky shores, cliffs, and areas of salt marsh and mudflats. The coastal habitat is rich in marine invertebrates and supports a range of waders and seabirds. Marine wildlife such as harbour seals and porpoises can be found further offshore.

The area has long been popular with tourists, spots include the Falls of Dochart, the viewpoint at the Rest and are thankful, and Inchcailloch island in Loch Lomond. It is one of Scotland's premier boating and watersports venues, with visitors enjoying activities including kayaking, Canadian canoeing, paddleboarding, wakeboarding, water skiing and wake surfing. The park is popular with walkers, with routes ranging from easy family strolls through to hillwalking on the park's highest summits.

Sunset in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park


Though Glasgow is a landlocked city. Lunderston Bay, close to Inverkip, is Glasgow's nearest sandy beach and is part of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. The bay is a popular beauty spot for locals and visitors who can enjoy the coastal walks and make use of the picnic sites. The top five beaches near Glasgow include:

  • Irvine Beach: It is only 30 miles away and is absolutely glorious. With golden sand and clear water, it is just the place to be if you are craving for a day at the beach. There are also plenty of places to eat that are located close by so you can spend a full day here.
  • Pencil Beach: Only a fifty minute drive from Glasgow city, this is a family friendly beach with shallow water. This is considered to be one of the hidden gems.
  • Largs Beach: Only twenty miles away, this beach is located at Largs which is known for the yearly viking festival that takes place in September. Since this is located in a resort town, you can just plan a weekend getaway to Largs and enjoy your time sunbathing at the Largs Beach.
  • Newton Beach: Situated on the Isle of Cumbrae, this white sand beach will take your breath away. Getting here includes going on a boat ride so if you are comfortable doing that then visiting this beach is more than worth it.
  • Luss Beach: The banks of Loch Lomond are punctuated with delightful views of the body of water and the towering Munros and Corbetts which almost surround it. Luss Beach is arguably the best spot to set up camp for the day, however, with its soft and inviting sandy shores and its impressive view of Ben Lomond.
The scenic Largs beach


As the most populous city in Scotland, Glasgow offers a variety of things to see and do. If you're planning a trip to Glasgow and want to make sure you don't miss out on some of the top landmarks in the city.

  • The Necropolis - This Victorian cemetery is located to the east of Glasgow Cathedral. There are guided tours available through which you can learn about the tombs and some of famous people buried there. The architecture is breathtaking with classical revival being the overarching theme. The view of the city from the cemetery during sunset is absolutely gorgeous.
  • City Chambers - These Victorian style municipal buildings were built in 1888 by the architect William young. Among one of the most notable landmarks of the city, the Glasgow city Chambers are overlook the Glasgow square and are the headquarters of successive councils serving the city of the Glasgow. You can take a tour of the buildings and get an insight into one of the most prestigious buildings of the city.
  • The equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington - Located outside the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland, is one of Glasgow's most iconic landmarks. Sculpted by Italian artist Carlo Marochetti and erected in 1844, it is notable for being typically capped with a traffic cone, a practice that has become traditional in the city and is claimed to represent the humour of the local population. While no one knows exactly why the cone first appeared, most believe it was the result of a drunken dare between college students. Although the Glasgow City Council tried numerous times to remove the cone, a new one always showed up again. Eventually, the cone became such a symbol of the city and so popular with everyone that the City Council gave in and allowed it to stay.
  • River Clyde - The River Clyde flows into the Firth of Clyde in Scotland. It is the eighth-longest river in the United Kingdom, and the second-longest in Scotland. Travelling through the major city of Glasgow, it was an important river for shipbuilding and trade in the British Empire. At one time, the banks of the Clyde were lined with shipyards and factories. When the shipbuilding industry started to decline in Glasgow, many buildings were abandoned. However, the city now has renewed interest in the waterway thanks to the Clyde Waterfront Regeneration project. Nearly 13 miles of the waterfront has been redeveloped to house museums, hotels, residential areas, a business district and more. If you want to explore some of the most popular attractions and uncover the history of the river, spend some time strolling down the river's walkways.
  • La Pasionaria - As you stroll along the waterfront of the River Clyde, you will find a statue of a woman with arms defiantly outstretched and face raised to the sky. La Pasionaria which means The Passion Flower was the pen name of Dolores Ibárruri, a Spanish Republican politician, communist, and prominent anti-fascist propagandist during the Spanish Civil War of 1936 to 1939. La Pasionaria served as inspiration for sculptor Arthur Dooley in 1974, when the International Brigades Association of Glasgow commissioned him to create a memorial to British citizens who served in the brigades during the war. At the time, 2,100 volunteers from Britain went to help the fight. 534 of those volunteers were killed, and 65 of the people who lost their lives were from Glasgow.
Exterior of the Victorian style City Cambers in Glasgow


Whatever your interest, it’s more than likely that Glasgow hosts a museum to satisfy your curiosity. From football and science to art, religion and architecture, this city has many museums to offer. But the ones who have made it to this list are the must-visit. Make sure to take your time to visit these museums to enjoy and learn unique Scottish history.

  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Museum - Not only this is the top museum of Scotland but of the UK as well and one of the most visited ones as well. Everything about this museum is just magnificent. With millions of pounds spend every year for the upkeep of this museum, it is very promising. This museums has some of the most rare civic art pieces among other things like an assembly or armour, national history exhibitions etc. There’s also a cafe so you can enjoy a cup of coffee/tea.
  • The Hunterian Museum: This museum is named after the leading teacher of anatomy and the physician Dr William Hunter. There is a permanent exhibition in the museum that tells his story and about his extraordinary career as the royal physician. Other than the museum also has a very rare collection of scientific instruments like the ones owned by the steam engine father figure James Watt. There’s also an Art gallery and a zoology museums.
  • Scottish Football Museum: Since opening in May 2001 within the (at that time) newly redeveloped Hampden Park stadium, the Scottish Football Museum has existed to promote the country’s long football heritage, and build and maintain a national football collection to inspire future generations. (Some of whom we can only hope grow up to be handy players one day.)
  • Riverside Museum: The Riverside Museum is the location of the Glasgow Museum of Transport, at Pointhouse Quay in the Glasgow Harbour regeneration district of Glasgow, Scotland. The reason that it has won the European Museum of the Year Award should be reason alone to visit. There is just so much that this museum has to offer. If you want to learn anything about transport from skateboards to ancient prams to locomotives, this is the place to be.
Outside the Riverside Museum


Scottish food is very unique with recipes that have been passed down for generations. They have their own style of cooking but you will also see an amalgamation of European and British style in their cuisine. Scottish people do not eat food that is too heavy on the seasoning and rather believe in the ingredients speaking for themselves. Haggis, Salmon, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Porridge are some of the staples of the Scottish cuisine.

Haggis which is a savoury pudding made of sheep's liver and heart served with Neeps and Tatties (mixture of turnip and potatoes)

Traditional Local Restaurants

There are many traditional restaurants in Glasgow, to name a few:

  • Stravaigin - ‘Stravaig’, a Scottish word meaning ‘to wander’, embodies the culinary philosophy of the restaurant; ‘think global, eat local’. What this entails is a largely Scottish menu, influenced by a variety of cuisines from different countries and cultures, that brings novel combinations and fusions to the fore.
  • Ubiquitous Chip - This place is known as a legend when it comes to traditional restaurants in Glasgow. The restaurant, known to locals simply as ‘the Chip’, offers a refined, modern spin on Scottish classics. Located in the picturesque Ashton Lane, the Ubiquitous Chip serves up delicious locally sourced food in a unique environment, with fauna and fairy lights creating the feel of a menagerie.
  • Ox and Finch - Ox and Finch is the jewel in the crown of Finnieston, Glasgow’s hottest foodie spot. The menu is made up of small sharing plates from £2.95. Standouts include braised lamb neck, smoked potato and wild garlic salsa verde, and tequila-cured sea trout, charred corn, lime and pickled chilli. Tables fill up quickly – advance booking is highly recommended.
  • Two fat ladies - There are three separate restaurants that serve splendid seafood and Scottish cuisine. Whether you go to the institution that is the Buttery, bathed in oak and mahogany, stained glass and tartan carpet, eat in the City with its underwater theme, get cosy in the Shandon Belles snug under the Buttery or chill in the intimate and always busy Two Fat Ladies West-end, you won’t be disappointed. Relaxed fine-dining is at the heart of the Ladies empire, serving simple, honest and beautifully cooked dishes.
  • Rogano - Open for 70 years, Rogano is proud to announce itself as the oldest surviving restaurant in Glasgow. After visiting, it is not difficult to see why it has been so successful. With a great central location, hidden off busy Buchanan Street and near the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, its distinctive nautical art deco interior, and a mouth-watering seafood-based menu, Rogano provides diner with an unforgettable experience.

Vegetarian and Vegan

  • The 78 - The 78 is a great place for delicious vegan food, with the menu including the likes of jackfruit shawarma on a khobez flatbread and cheese and charred onion burger on a Barvarian bakehouse brioche bun. With cosy settings and music all year this place has won many hearts.
  • Mono - It is a vegan casual restaurant/bar in the heart of Merchant City. Renowned for its relaxed atmosphere and quality food, it also has an in-house record store and regular live entertainment and gigs.
  • Stereo - Stereo is a vegan restaurant located on the ground floor of the Mackintosh-designed Daily Record building in the city centre. It serves up a great menu during the day and hosts bands and DJs in the small hours.
  • The 13th Note - The 13th Note is an independent music venue with a vegan cafe. The menu includes crispy Korean cauliflower, their classic 13th Note burger and a fine selection of vegan beers and wines.

Street Food

Glasgow is literally known for its fuss-free eateries and experimental nature when it comes to food. From the vast array of Indian dishes to chips and cheese, it has all. Some of the things that you should be trying are:

  • Shrimp Bun from Argyle Street Arches
  • Beef Pho from Hanoi Bike Shop
  • Piada from Via Italia
  • Vegetable roti from Babu Bombay
  • Belgian Frites from Pomme Fries


The Scottish refer to whisky as the “water of life” so it's no surprise it's the most popular drink in Scotland. A close second is Irn-Bru. A fizzy orange beverage popular in Scotland since 1901, Irn-Bru is as Scottish as kilts, bagpipes and haggis.


Tap water is treated and is officially safe to drink, though it tastes rather chlorinated; many opt for bottled water instead.

Organic Cafés

If you are a vegetarian or a vegan, there are multiple cafés in Glasgow that serve non-vegetarian as well as veg and vegan meals.

Here are the names of some famous cafés where you can visit -

  • Riverhill Coffee Bar
  • Cafe Strange Brew
  • The Glad Cafe C.I.C
  • Picnic
  • Singl-end Garnethill


No matter what part of the city you’re in, you'll be able to experience the legendary nightlife of Glasgow. From pulsating night clubs and rooftop lounges to delicious cocktails and cheap beer, Glasgow really comes alive at night. The names of some famous breweries are -

  • Drygate Brewing Co.
  • BrewDog Glasgow
  • West Brewery


Glasgow is the perfect place for adventurous outdoor activities. Here are some of our favourite things to do other than sightseeing -

River Kelvin Walkway Path beside the river near the Belmont Bridge

* Wakeboarding at Glasgow Wake Park - Glasgow Wake Park runs a System 2.0 system wakeboard park in the north of Glasgow. A System 2.0 means that a cable is spanned between two large poles but in a way that it offers a continuous loop experience on the board.

* Climbing at The Climbing Academy - The Climbing Academy runs two bouldering centres in Glasgow – the Newsroom in the Southside and the newly opened Prop Store in Maryhill (since 2018). Both focus on outstanding bouldering experiences, but the Prop Store also has a section of top-rope and auto-belay route. And if you aren’t experienced then not to worry you can opt for the coaching classes they provide.

* Renting a nextbike city bike - Glasgow is a great city to hire a bike and explore on two wheels. You can cycle along the Clyde to easily combine sightseeing in the city centre and the West End without having to figure out public transport or choose one of the many cycle routes in and around Glasgow to explore off the beaten path.

* Walking in a Country Park - Glasgow has so many parks! Many of them are fairly small – you’d spend an hour or two walking about and bring a picnic blanket to enjoy the tranquillity. Many of them are landscaped parks, some have re-wilded areas, but mostly they are well-kept city parks as you’d imagine in an urban area like Glasgow.

* Hiking the Kelvin Walkway - The Kelvin Walkway from Partick to Milngavie is an easy day hike that links up perfectly with Scotland’s most popular long-distance hike. It starts near the Riverside Museum and winds along the River Kelvin through Kelvingrove Park and along with the Glasgow Botanic Garden. 

* Trampolining at Ryze Glasgow - Ryze Glasgow is an indoor trampoline park with a massive field of interconnected trampolines, waterfall trampolines with foam pits to jump into and super trampolines which combine various levels of heights and angles to make it even more fun.

Yoga and Retreats

If you want to experience the magic of yoga while visiting, Glasgow has many retreats to offer. Here are some of our favourite places where you can relax -

  • Blu Kite Yoga
  • Juniper Rose Retreats
  • Yoga Meditation Healing Glasgow


There are plenty of hotels, hostels, guest houses in prime locations in Glasgow. Nowadays, most opt for online bookings; don’t forget to read the reviews on them.

Green Hotels

Here are some of the topmost Green Hotels in Glasgow -

  • Hampton by Hilton Glasgow Central - This eco-friendly hotel puts you within walking distance of the City Centre and Buchanan Street shopping district. You’ll find a variety of pubs and dining options close by as well. Walk to Glasgow Central and Queen Street Stations for easy access around the city and the surrounding areas. From its iconic position in the centre of Glasgow, you’ll fall in love with this amazing city. Travellers of all types will appreciate its proximity to the SECC for conventions as well as to the King's Theatre, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and other exciting hotspots.
  • Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel - Overlooking historic gardens in the heart of the city, Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel offers sophisticated luxury and unsurpassed hospitality for every guest on every occasion. This hotel is famous for its eco-friendly practice that has lured many tourists all over the world.
  • Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central - This green hotel is well located with Cowcaddens subway station less than 5 minutes' walk. It is situated 10 minutes' walk from Glasgow Central and Queen Street mainline train stations and 5 minutes from Buchanan Street bus station. Within a short walk to the main shopping district and in the heart of Glasgow's Theatreland. It is also a short distance by taxi to the SEC including the Hydro and Glasgow Science Centre.
  • CitizenM Glasgow - Situated in Glasgow's city centre and Theatre District, citizenM Glasgow offers affordable luxury. With their eco-friendly practice to their friendly staff. This green hotel is one of the best hotels Glasgow has to offer.
  • Radisson Blu Hotel - Trendy and sophisticated, Radisson Blu Glasgow is located in the heart of the culture-rich city. Shopping and popular attractions such as Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Riverside Museum and the SSE Hydro are all nearby.

Hostels and Guest Houses

Hostels and guest houses come with a lesser budget as well as it helps the locals to earn extra. Glasgow offers a plethora of budget-friendly hostels and guest houses –

  • Euro Hostel, Glasgow
  • Tatan Lodge
  • Glasgow Youth Hostel
  • Agryll guesthouse
  • Glades House
  • Glasgow House
  • Seton Guest House


If you want to stay longer and want your privacy, renting apartments can be a good option for you. You may come across many tourists with whom you can enjoy the daily lives of Glasgow. You can book them online sites. On these sites, locals advertise their apartment, location and the connectivity with the transport modes. Read the reviews on them before renting one. To name a few apartments where tourists can stay –

  • Native Glasgow
  • Premier Suits Plus Glasgow Square
  • Vkm Apartments
  • Destiny Scotland Apartments


Couchsurfers share their homes, cities and lives in profound, meaningful ways, making travel anywhere in the world a truly social experience. It is the best way to experience Glasgow like a local. Reach out to over hosts in Glasgow to discover unique places to stay, and locals to stay with. Use Couchsurfing to find accommodation in Glasgow, meet locals and travellers, and more. You will find many hosts if you want to couch-surf in Glasgow. There are multiple online sites such as which help tourists to take this option of staying. Still, if you want to opt for this option, extra precaution is necessary, especially for the females. Do not hesitate to ask for the details and the references of the host.


If you want to go camping, these are the places recommended for you -

  • Red Deer Village Holiday Park
  • Strathclyde Country Park Caravan and Motorhome Club Site
  • West Highland Way Campsite

How to Get There

In recent years, Glasgow has been awarded the European titles of City of Culture (1990), City of Architecture and Design (1999) and Capital of Sport (2003). In 2008, Glasgow became the second Scottish city to join the UNESCO Creative Cities initiative when it was named a UNESCO City of Music (joining Bologna and Seville). In preparing its bid, Glasgow counted an average of 130 music events a week ranging from pop and rock to Celtic music and opera.

The city has transformed itself from being the once mighty powerhouse of industrial Britain to a centre for commerce, tourism, and culture. Glasgow has become one of the most visited cities in the British Isles. The easiest way to reach here is by flight.


There are two major airports that are close to the city, and those are Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick International Airport. The Edinburgh airport lies 40 miles away from the city. The Glasgow International Airport is the closest one to the city centre and lies about 13 kilometres away. It is serviced by all the major airlines and is the city's principal airport. There are regular flights from New York, Dubai and other parts of Europe. The Glasgow Prestwick International Airport is at a distance of 50 km from the city on the Ayrshire coast. The commutation from the airport to the city is made easily available with public buses and trains.

Glasgow International Airport


There are long-distance as well as short-distance buses that connect other cities to Glasgow and all these buses arrive at the Buchanan Bus Station. The bus station lies in the centre of the city close to the Queen Street train station and Buchanan Street. The main long-distance coach operators that serve Glasgow are National Express Scottish Citylink and Megabus.

Bus to Glasgow in Alexandria


Glasgow has two major railway stations. The trains from the southern part of Scotland and long distance trains from England arrive at the Central Station, also known as the Glasgow Central, while the shuttle trains from the Northern part of Scotland arrive at Queen Street Station.

Central Train Station of Glasgow


Though a very pocket friendly way to travel the city, hitchhiking can be very tricky if you are not being careful. It isn't the safest mode of transportation if you are not local and don’t know the city well. Hitchhiking in Scotland is legal, except where pedestrians are not allowed to walk such as motorways. Never attempt to hitchhike on the motorway and instead attempt to flag down a lift on a quieter road which will later lead on to the motorway.


Glasgow is well connected by road to other parts of Europe. The main approaches to Glasgow are from England, Edinburgh, Stirling and the Highlands. On-street parking is limited in the city and thus the best option for travelling by road is by hiring a cab.

If anyone is travelling from Ireland, there are a number of convenient ports that are close to Glasgow. The nearest ferry ports are Troon and Cairnryan for several daily ferries.

Moving Around

Glasgow is a city where you can find history in its every nook and cranny. If you want to divulge the originality of the city, you have to leave the usual transportation mode and look for a slower mode of transportation.

So, here are some of the modes of transportation you can choose.


Colourful buildings, beautiful streets with breathtaking history, if you prefer to be independent and like walking, which is designed to take you to the must-sees and some lesser-known sights. You will be amazed at how these self-guided tours can help you to know about Glasgow. If you are not confident to make it alone, you can always hire a local guide. Many tour guiding programs are held by the hotel itself.


An eco-friendly way to experience the city life, it's healthy and helps you to explore the city faster than your foot.

Electronic Vehicles

If you find walking and cycling a bit stressful, worry not. Public transport is the best option for you.

Public Bus

City bus services, mostly run by First Glasgow, are frequent. You can buy tickets when you board buses, but on most you must have the exact change.

Tram, Train and Subway

In favour of trolley and diesel-powered buses, the tram system was gradually phased out, with the final trams operating on 4 September 1962.

There's an extensive suburban network of trains in and around Glasgow; tickets should be purchased before travel if the station is staffed, or from the conductor, if it isn't.

There's also an underground line, the subway, that serves 15 stations in the city centre, and west and south of the city (single £1.70). The train network connects with the subway at Buchanan Street underground station, next to Queen Street overground station, and St Enoch underground station, near Glasgow Central station.

Sustainable Shopping

The concept of sustainable shopping is new to the world. People are trying to change their lifestyles and adopting eco-friendly practices that support the local community. As a responsible tourist, you must buy souvenirs and antiques from the local markets of Glasgow.

Food Markets

To get a real taste of their food, sample some of the lip-smacking traditional dish available at these great traditional dish markets in Glasgow. To name a few:

  • Platform at Agryle St Arches
  • Park lane Market
  • The Barras

Flea Markets

For street shoppers who love flea markets, here are the names of some markets where you can find souvenirs as well as local things,

  • Super Market Vintage - Vintage & Flea Market
  • Polmadie car boot sale Glasgow
  • The Barras Market
The Barras Market

Second Hand Stores

Some of the best second-hand stores in Glasgow,

  • Emmaus Glasgow Charity Shop
  • Barnardo's


Apart from buying antiques and crafts, you can always go for sustainable fashion.

  • Mr Ben Retro Clothing
  • West Vintage
  • The City Retro Fashion
  • Rags to Riches


As the largest city in Scotland and the biggest seaport in Britain, Glasgow is a cultural hub of activity and excitement. It is a perfect place for businesses and tourism to thrive in Scotland. Currently, Glasgow sends to landfill over 165,000 tonnes of household waste alone, 50,000 tonnes of this is made up of food waste. The government has enforced many rules and implemented bins across the city. Cardboard - cardboard boxes, card packaging. Plastic bottles - milk bottles, drinks bottles, sauce bottles, shampoo bottles, cleaning product bottles. Food and drink cans - steel cans, aluminium cans and food tins. Empty aerosol cans; can be recycled in Glasgow.


The government has initiated different approaches to collect waste from door to door in Glasgow. They have issued different waste bins for different wastes. Such as blue bins, Green bins, Brown bins and Purple bins. Blue bins are for to recycle card packaging, cardboard boxes, magazines, newspapers, comics, office paper, brochures, yellow pages, junk mail, envelopes, drinks cans, food tins, empty aerosols cans and plastic bottles. Green bins for general waste. Brown ones are for garden and food waste for front and back door properties. And Purple bins are used for glass. They all are collected from households.

Work and Study Abroad

According to a survey by the Scottish government, 94% of international students in Scotland said it was a good place to be, and 86% of Scottish students would recommend it to others. Living in Glasgow is much cheaper than in most major cities around the world. Obviously, prices do vary depending on the area you choose. We advise students to expect the cost of living of $25,000 per year in Glasgow.

Scotland is a part of the UK, along with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. If you enter the UK in one part you can freely move around without the further need for visas – for example, if you enter England as a visitor or on a visa you are free to travel to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. So to apply for a student visa, all you need -

  • A valid passport
  • The Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which you have received from the City of Glasgow College
  • Original qualifications as listed in your CAS statement
  • IELTS Academic for UKVI certificate
  • Evidence of financial support. Bank statements/bank letter demonstrating that funds for your course fees/living costs are available
  • For official financially sponsored students, an original letter from your sponsor
  • Receipt for course fees paid so far (if applicable)
  • A credit/debit card to pay for the visa application and immigration health surcharge fees

If you are a British or EU citizen, there are usually no particular restrictions on work. If you study in Scotland as an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you can normally work for up to 20 hours a week, as long as you are properly employed via a written agreement.

If you are a British or EU citizen, there are usually no particular restrictions on work. If you study in Scotland as an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you can normally work for up to 20 hours a week, as long as you are properly employed via a written agreement.

Exchange Student

As mentioned above, foreign student programs are much available in Glasgow. All you have to do is, contact your home university if they have collaboration with the university here.

Au Pair

The concept of an Au Pair is widely known in Glasgow. A lot of the families in the city look for people who would take care of their children. In return, they provide lodgings and fees to these people. And so, many foreigners opt for such opportunities and you can try them too.

The people you would meet through this option would help you understand the city more. Indeed, you would spend time with the local people, and learn how they lead their lives. Not to mention, it would give you a point of contact in Edinburgh, in case you know no one there. A lot of websites are available for these jobs, and you can research and apply for the best option.


There are many volunteering opportunities available in Glasgow. From helping out in the soup kitchens to volunteering for NGOs there is something for everyone. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and help out local people on the grassroots level instead of just donating money you can actually do something that can be far more rewarding and you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that what you did actually helped someone.

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