About Glasgow International Airport
Glasgow International Airport is this bustling metropolis' primary airport, serving some 20,000 passengers each day - that's 7.2 million per year. It welcomes people from all around the globe with about 200 flights per day on about 30 different carriers, including United Airlines, British Airways, Loganair and Emirates. It's situated near the quaint towns of Renfrew and Paisley, just 8 miles from the center of the city. The convenient location is why many people stay at Glasgow International Airport hotels, such as the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza, for easy access to the top attractions of the city.
Many people use this hub to gain entry into Scotland without taking time to appreciate the architecture, amenities and other features of the world-class facility. It houses two terminals, and travelers are first greeted by the grand arrivals hall of the first terminal, which leads them to a wide array of boutique shops, retail outlets and dining spots. The second terminal is strictly for check-ins. The site also has two prayer rooms, lounges for guests and currency exchange services. Keep in mind that the airport can become quite crowded during rush hours, so visitors should allot extra time to get through check-in at these times.
Welcome to Glasgow
As the busiest city in Scotland, Glasgow is a center for industry and economy, but it's also a cultural playground waiting to be explored by tourists. In fact, the European Union designated Glasgow as the Capital of Culture in 1990, and it has continued to build on its fine arts, music and sports offerings since. Today, it's host to some of the continent's most exciting events, such as the Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Glasgow Film Festival and Glasgow International Comedy Festival. With hundreds of other cultural events every year, it's no surprise the locale attracts more than 2 million visitors annually.
The metropolis is also renowned for its exquisite natural setting laid out alongside soaring skyscrapers and historical architecture. Right through the center of Glasgow runs the River Clyde, a tranquil waterway that goes on for 106 miles and ends at the Clyde Estuary. It's also home to the River Kelvin, which lines the northern edge of the city and spurs lush waterside greenery that's home to pleasant flora and fauna. Additionally, Glasgow features several nature reserves where guests can stroll down trails that take them past beautiful wetlands and woodlands.
Things to Do in Glasgow
Visitors staying at hotels near Glasgow International Airport can hop on the Glasgow Shuttle, which picks up just outside the terminal building and drops off in the downtown area. Then, explore the city by foot or public transit. Some must-see spots include the renowned Glasgow Science Centre, Scottish Football Museum and Paisley Abbey. Looking for some of the best food and drink in Glasgow? Head to Ubiquitous Chip, Bothy or Clachan Inn for authentic Scottish cuisine. A hot spot revered among locals is The Secret Space, a pop-up establishment that reinvents itself - and its menu - every six months.
While in town, take a tour of the galleries and museums to learn about the thriving art community of the regions - visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Hunterian Art Gallery, Burrell Collection and St. Mungo's Museum of Religious Life & Art. For an architectural journey, make your way to some of the exquisitely designed structures the city is famed for, such as the Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland Street School Museum and Mackintosh House, as well as institutions that display the works of local architects - the Riverside Museum and Glasgow School of Art.