Glasgow City Guide

Situated on the River Clyde, near to Scotland’s west coast, Glasgow is the largest city in the country and holds many charms for holidaymakers looking for a city break. Combining a love of contemporary arts with modern retail centres, classical architecture and a vibrant and fascinating history, Glasgow holds something to inspire you, whether you’re on a family trip or weekend break with a loved one.

Plus, if you want a day away from the bustle of the city, it’s only a short-drive from Glasgow into the stunning Scottish countryside, where you’ll find lochs, mountains and breath-taking coastline at every turn. In fact, it’s only 30 minutes drive from the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park​, where you’ll find over 700 square miles of incredible Scottish countryside, as well as Loch Lomond itself, Britain’s largest inland stretch of water.

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Getting to Glasgow by ferry

Getting There

Glasgow is only two-and-a-half hours’ drive from our port in Newcastle, making it the ideal location for your Scottish holiday.

From Newcastle, take the A69 heading towards Carlisle. At Carlisle you’ll join the M6 heading north. 

​Across the border you’ll join the A74(M) and then the M74, before exiting at junction 16 of the M8 to make your way into the heart of Glasgow itself.


Why visit Glasgow?

Glasgow is famed for its warm and friendly people, so much so that it was voted ‘Friendliest city in the world’ in a Rough Guide poll.

What’s more, the city itself has a well-deserved position in National Geographic’s Top 20 Best of The World destinations. With its vibrant night-life, modern art galleries, world-renowned museums and easily navigated city centre, it’s easy to see why Glasgow thrills thousands of holidaymakers every year. Plus, you’ll be able to eat your way around the world during your stay, as Glasgow boast over 1800 cafes and restaurants covering an incredible range of global cuisines.

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What to See in Glasgow

No trip to the city would be complete without a tour of fascinating Art Nouveau buildings designed by Glasgow’s most famous son, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Be sure to visit the stunning Glasgow School of Art, as well as Mackintosh House if you have time.

Other major attractions include the magnificent Glasgow Cathedral, the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, the Glasgow Science Centre and the impressive Tall Ship, a living testament to Glasgow’s heritage of ship-building excellence.

Just a short trip outside of the city you’ll find impressive ancient castles, peaceful lochs, world-class whisky distilleries and miles and miles of rugged and unspoilt coastal landscape.

Where to stay in Glasgow

Whether you want to be in amongst the hustle and bustle of the trendy West End, or in one of the more peaceful neighbourhoods outside the city, there is a wealth of choice when it comes to staying in and around Glasgow.

Visit our partner to find an extensive list of accommodation options, from sleepy B&Bs to 5-star luxury city-centre hotels.


It’s always a proud moment when you’re recognised for your good work, we’re honoured to have been named as Europe's and the World’s Leading Ferry Operator in the 2015 World Travel Awards. We've won these awards for 5 years running.​​