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Glasgow


Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland, and the third most populous city in the the UK. As of 2004, the city's population was estimated at 1,171,390. The term "Glaswegian" is used to refer to both the inhabitants of the city and the local dialect.


Key Facts about Glasgow


Here are some facts about Glasgow:
  1. Glasgow is the largest and most populous city in Scotland, and the 4th most populous in the United Kingdom overall after London, Birmingham, and Leeds.

  2. Glasgow grew to its large size in the 19th century with the industrial revolution. It became a leading center of engineering (especially shipbuilding and marine engineering), textiles, and chemicals.

  3. During the late 19th century, and early 20th century, Glasgow was often known as the "second city of the British Empire".

  4. Today, Glasgow is a leading financial center, and home to many leading Scottish businesses.

  5. Glasgow has extensive road, rail, and air transport links:

    • The M8 motorway passes through Glasgow city center, and connects to the M73, M77, and M80.

    • The M74 runs South towards Carlisle.

    • The A82 connects Glasgow to Argyll and the western highlands of Scotland.

    • Glasgow has two main line railway stations: Queen Street Station (which connects Glasgow to Edinburgh and the North of Scotland), and Glasgow Central Station (which is on the West Coast Main Line, and connects Glasgow to the England and the South).

    • Glasgow also has a suburban rail system, and an underground rail system, for travel within the city.

    • Glasgow is served by two international airports: Glasgow International Airport (which is to the West of the city), and Glasgow Prestwick Airport (which is to the Southwest).

  6. Soccer is an important part of the history and culture of Glasgow:

    • Glasgow was home to the first international match, held in 1872, between England and Scotland (the result was 0-0).

    • Glasgow is also home to Hampden Park, Scotland's national soccer stadium, which holds the European record for attendance at a football match (149.547).

    • There are three professional soccer clubs in Glasgow: Celtic, Rangers, and Partick Thistle.

  7. Glasgow's principal library, the Mitchell Library, is one of the largest public reference libraries in Europe.


Attractions and Places of Interest in Glasgow


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DK Eyewitness Scotland (Travel Guide)

By DK Eyewitness

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2019-02-07
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Small but spectacular, Scotland offers bucket-list experiences in abundance.

Whether you want to explore Edinburgh Castle, venture through iconic Highland landscape or sample ancient malts, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that Scotland has to offer.

Famed for its majestic mountains, moody moorlands and tranquil lochs, this richly varied hinterland is a joy for outdoor enthusiasts. Meanwhile, urban Scotland offers cutting-edge art galleries, lively nightlife and a flourishing food scene.

Our regularly updated guide brings Scotland to life, transporting you there like no other travel guide does with expert-led insights and advice, detailed information on all the must-see sights, inspiring photography and our trademark illustrations.

You'll discover:

- our pick of Scotland's must-sees, top experiences and hidden gems
- the best spots to eat, drink, shop and stay
- detailed maps and walks which make navigating the country easy
- easy-to-follow itineraries
- expert advice: get ready, get around and stay safe
- color-coded chapters to every part of Scotland, from Edinburgh to Glasgow, Southern Scotland to the Highlands and Islands
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Want the best of Scotland in your pocket? Try our DK Eyewitness Top 10 Scotland.

Lonely Planet Scotland (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & Andy Symington

Lonely Planet
Released: 2019-04-16
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Scotland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sip the water of life, whisky, in an ancient pub, trace the trails of the clanspeople fleeing Glen Coe, or play a round in St Andrew's, golf's spiritual home -all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Scotland and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Scotland Travel Guide:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - castles, lochs & mountains, islands, literature, food & drink, museums, culture, wildlife, the land
  • Free, convenient pull-out Edinburgh map (included in print version), plus over 50 colour maps
  • Covers Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highlands & Islands, Inverness & the Central Highlands, Orkney & Shetland and more
  • The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Scotland , our most comprehensive guide to Scotland, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

Looking for a guide focused on the Highlands and Islands or Edinburgh? Check out Lonely Planet Scotland's Highlands and Islands guide for a comprehensive look at all these regions have to offer; or Pocket Edinburgh a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. The world awaits!

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'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

Lonely Planet Pocket Glasgow (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet
Released: 2019-04-16
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Lonely Planet's Pocket Glasgow is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the city's wealth of paintings, beginning at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, catch a band at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut and discover the architectural work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh - all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Glasgow and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Pocket Glasgow:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out map (included in print version), plus over 15 colour neighbourhood maps
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time
  • Covers Central Glasgow, East End, Merchant City, Southside & the Clyde, West End and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet's Pocket Glasgow is our colourful, easy to use and handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, providing on-the-go assistance for those seeking the best sights and experiences on a short visit or weekend away.

Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Scotland guide for an in-depth look at all the country has to offer.

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves, it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

Moon Edinburgh, Glasgow & the Isle of Skye (Travel Guide)

By Sally Coffey

Moon Travel
Released: 2019-06-25
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  • Flexible itineraries such as one to three days in Edinburgh and Glasgow, two days in the Highlands, and four days on the Isle of Skye that can be expanded or combined into a longer trip, including day trips to Loch Lomond, Ben Nevis, and more
  • Strategic advice for art lovers, history buffs, road trippers, and more
  • Explore the Cities: Walk along Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile from the Edinburgh Castle to the Queen's Scottish Palace or climb the Arthur's Seat peak. Sample authentic haggis and dine at innovative new restaurants. Catch a traditional music performance in Glasgow (the UNESCO City of Music!) or chat with locals at a corner pub over folk music and a pint
  • Escape the Crowds: Hike through wild moors and pine forests to deserted villages on Skye, sip your way through Islay's whisky distilleries, or take a seaplane over Loch Lomond for dramatic views of the Highlands
  • Valuable perspective from Scotland expert Sally Coffey
  • Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout
  • Background information on the landscape, history, and cultural customs of Scotland
  • Handy tools such as visa information, a glossary and list of Scottish phrases, and helpful tips for seniors, disability access, families with children, LGBTQ visitors, and travelers of color
With Moon Edinburgh, Glasgow & the Isle of Skye's practical tips and local insight, you can plan your trip your way.

Exploring beyond Scotland? Check out Moon London Walks or Moon Ireland.

Fodor's Essential Scotland (Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
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Written by locals, Fodor’s Essential Scotland is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit to Edinburgh, Glasgow, and beyond. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this Scotland travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease. Join Fodor’s in exploring one of the most exciting countries in Great Britain and Europe.

Scotland offers astonishing variety: its iconic lochs and mountains, as well as lively cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow, have strong allure. St. Andrews is a pilgrimage for golfers; castles dot the scenic countryside; and whisky distilleries have become another must-visit. Scotland's customs and products--from tartans to tweeds--are known worldwide, but there's nothing like experiencing them firsthand.

Fodor’s Essential Scotland includes:

    • UPDATED COVERAGE: Fodor's writers have scoured the country to find the best new hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars, shops, and sights. Look for Edinburgh's and Glasgow's hottest new restaurants and hotels, showcasing the best of Scottish food and style. Fresh recommendations for outdoor activities have been added in the most popular areas.
    • ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE: A visually stunning color photo guide covers the essential sights and unmissable attractions throughout Scotland.
    • SPECIAL FEATURES WITH GORGEOUS PHOTOS: Features help travelers experience the essence of Scotland, including choosing the best castles to see, planning a whisky distillery visit, and discovering great local fare in the cities or countryside.
    • HELPFUL ITINERARIES AND TOP RECOMMENDATIONS: Multiple sample itineraries to help you plan and make the most of your time. Includes tips on where to eat, stay, and shop as well as information about nightlife, sports and the outdoors. “Fodor’s Choice” designates our best picks in every category.
    • INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Features such as “Need to Know,” "Top Attractions," and useful travel tips make planning simple. Convenient chapter overviews present each region and its highlights, and chapter planning sections have useful advice for making the most of your time and getting around by car and public transportation, including island hopping.
    • COVERS: Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Andrews, Isle of Skye, Inverness, Loch Ness, Loch Lomond, Islay, Glencoe, and much more.

ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor’s has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years.

Planning on visiting the rest of Britain? Check out Fodor’s England, Fodor's Essential Ireland, and Fodor’s Great Britain.

Rick Steves Scotland Planning Map: Including Edinburgh & Glasgow City Maps (Rick Steves Planning Maps)

By Rick Steves

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Released: 2018-05-22
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  • Cuts the Clutter: While big cities are left for navigational purposes, this map is otherwise stripped clean and filled in only with places that matter to travelers
  • Guidebook-Friendly: At a glance, all the places you read about in Rick's Scotland guidebooks stand out in a crisp, easy-to-read format
  • Rail or Road: Includes important train lines and highways (and ferry routes) for easy route-planning, no matter how you'll get around
  • The Back's Even Better: The reverse side includes detailed city-center maps of Glasgow, and Edinburgh, locating sights, hotels and restaurants

Glasgow Travel Guide 2020: Shops, Arts, Entertainment and Good Places to Drink and Eat in Glasgow, Scotland (Travel Guide 2020)

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Rick Steves Best of Scotland

By Rick Steves

Rick Steves
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  • Rick's tips for beating the crowds, skipping lines, and avoiding tourist traps
  • The best of local culture, flavors, and haunts, including walks through the most interesting neighborhoods and museums
  • Trip planning strategies like how to link destinations and design your itinerary, what to pack, where to stay, and how to get around
  • Over 80 full-color maps and vibrant photos
Experience the magic of Scotland for yourself with Rick Steves Best of Scotland!

Planning a longer trip? Rick Steves Scotland is the classic, in-depth guide to spending more than two weeks exploring the country.


 
 
 

 
 
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