Glasgow International Airport (GLA) is one of Scotland’s key aviation hubs. Situated just outside the city at a distance of 13km, this is a convenient airport to fly into if you plan to stay in Glasgow. There are all the amenities you’d expect from an international airport, such as ATMs, free WiFi access, foreign exchange services, a variety of eateries, and a decent duty-free section. You’ll also find extras like a pharmacy, and children’s play areas.
You can reach the centre of the city via bus, taxi or rail, all of which are reasonably priced. If you choose to take a taxi, this will come to about 25GBP ($42), and should take less than half an hour in duration.
Emirates, Qantas and British Airways are the main airlines that operate routes out to Glasgow from Australia.
Why visit Glasgow?
The bright lights of Glasgow are in some ways more enticing than the Georgian and medieval splendor of Edinburgh. Glasgow is where contemporary Scotland has its heart and its soul. The music, cuisine, art and literature of this amazing country is finding a foothold in this inclusive, friendly, and exciting city. Discover why this is the most populous city in Scotland, and visit Glasgow today.
Things to do in Glasgow
With the many things that are on offer in Glasgow, you may find yourself struggling to pick which of this city’s great museums, galleries, restaurants, nightlife and local historical attractions to see first. Start with the former; see the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery at the Glasgow Museum, which has an important range of scientific and zoological displays. Pop into the quirky National Piping Centre and Bagpipe Museum, perfect for anyone that loves the mournful sound of the pipes. Then visit the lovely Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and tour their collection of paintings.
After you finish viewing the collection at Kelvingrove, you’ll find yourself located in Glasgow’s popular West End. This district is where most of the city’s trendiest restaurants, best shopping spots, and hopping nightclubs cluster, and is definitely worth spending the evening here.
For history buffs, there are some must-see items to add to your itinerary. Go to George Square, the old city centre, where you can admire the Victorian architecture, then see the impressive St. Mungo, Glasgow’s 12th century cathedral. Lastly, finish your tour of Glasgow by visiting its Botanic Gardens, and enjoy a serene moment in the midst of this bustling city.
Best time to visit Glasgow
· Scotland has fairly mild weather in general when it comes to temperature, but it can be pretty unreliable in terms of sunshine. Your best bet is to visit from April to September, when you’re most likely to catch some good weather. Expect highs of about 19°C and lows of 5°C.
· Winters are cold, but the advantages are that the Christmas lights and markets are in full swing. Layer up, this season can be wet, snowy, windy, or subject to hail!
Arriving in Glasgow
· All flights to Glasgow are subject to at least one stopover, and more that often, two. These are usually in Dubai (DXB), Singapore (SIN), and a European hub like Amsterdam (AMS).
· British Pound (GBP).
· Scotland is part of the United Kingdom, which allows Australian passport holders to enter, and stay in the country for up to 6 months without a visa. Make sure you check the conditions of entry before you travel in case restrictions change. Go to the smart traveller website, and check the United Kingdom page.
Please note that information is correct as of November 2016
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