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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.

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Fodor's Essential Scotland (Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2018-03-13
Paperback (536 pages)

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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

By Rick Steves

Rick Steves
Released: 2018-04-03
Paperback (520 pages)

Rick Steves Scotland
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Whether you take the high road or the low road, with Rick Steves on your side, Scotland can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Scotland you'll find:

  • Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring Scotland
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from the wild beauty of Orkney Islands and the Hebrides to cozy corner pubs in Edinburgh
  • How to connect with local culture: Chat with experts on the Speyside Whisky Trail, attend a small-town Highland Games, or join the search for Nessie
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax with a dram of Scotch
  • Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and historic sites
  • Detailed neighborhood maps and a fold-out city map for exploring on the go
  • Useful resources including a packing list, a phrase book of Scottish slang, a historical overview, and recommended reading
  • Over 400 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
  • Complete, up-to-date information on Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, St. Andrews, the Scottish Highlands, Oban, Mull, Iona, Staffa, Glencoe, Fort William, Inverness, Loch Ness, Pitiochry, Balmoral Castle, the Isle of Skye, Wester Ross, the Orkney Islands, and more

Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Scotland.

Lonely Planet Scotland (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & Andy Symington

Lonely Planet
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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. Head over the sea to Skye for stunning scenery, seek out the history round every corner in Edinburgh and stroll the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Scotland and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's 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 just the highlights? Check out Lonely Planet's Discover Scotland, a photo-rich guide to the country's most popular attractions; Scotland's Highlands & Islands, a comprehensive guide on this particular region; or Pocket Edinburgh, a handy-sized guide focused on the city's can't-miss sights for a quick trip.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Great Britain guide for a comprehensive look at all Great Britain has to offer, or Discover Great Britain, a photo-rich guide to its most popular attractions.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Neil Wilson, Andy Symington

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.

Scotland: Scotland Travel Guide: The 30 Best Tips For Your Trip To Scotland - The Places You Have To See (Inverness, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee) (Volume 1)

By Traveling The World

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Scotland: Scotland Travel Guide: The 30 Best Tips For Your Trip To Scotland - The Places You Have To See (Inverness, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee) (Volume 1)
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Make Your Journey To Scotland The Best Possible

Scotland is filled with numerous of fascinating attractions and offers a deeply diversified culture.The untouched landscape of Scotland and the fascinating culture belong to the most delightful of the world. If this is your first time in this beautiful country, you should plan your trip in detail. If not, you most certainly will miss out on some of the best places to be and things to see. This book will help you to make the most out of your time in Scotland. You will get to know the most fascinating things to do and see in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness to name a few of the most beautiful locations to be at.

Here Is A Preview Of The Tips You Will Get In The Book...

  • Scottish Culture
  • Admire the Edinburgh Castle
  • The National Museum Of Scotland
  • Visit the Glasgow City Chambers
  • Explore the Glasgow Necropolis
  • Enchanting Inverness
  • The Beauty of Dundee
  • Much, much more!
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Edinburgh and Glasgow PopOut Map (PopOut Maps)

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Get to the heart of Scotland's principal cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow with the help of this genuinely pocket-sized, pop-up map. Small in size, yet big on detail, this compact, dependable Edinburgh and Glasgow city map will ensure you don't miss a thing.

  • Includes two pop-up maps covering Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • Additional map covering central Scotland is also included
  • Handy, self-folding tourist map is small enough to fit in your pocket yet offers extensive coverage of the cities in an easy-to-use format
  • Thorough street index is also featured and cross-referenced to the map so you can easily find your destination
  • Hotels, restaurants, stores and attractions are all included

Ideal to pop in a pocket or bag for quick reference while exploring the cities.

Fold size: 3.75” x 5.25” (95mm x 130mm)

Sheet size: 8.5” x 9.75” (215mm x 225mm) (per sheet; 2 sheets)

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Collins Pocket Map Glasgow

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Released: 2018-06-01
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Handy little full colour Collins map of central Glasgow with a high level of detail. Clear mapping from Glasgow Green to the West End. Map at a scale of 1:8200 (7.5 inches to 1 mile).Clear, detailed, full colour Collins mapping is presented in a handy format ideal for the pocket or handbag. It is excellent value and covers the most visited area of central Glasgow. It is an essential buy for tourists and residents alike.INCLUDES• Detailed central area map• Around Glasgow map extending to airport, Pollok Park and Strathclyde Park• Tourist locations• Train and bus stations• Listing of major places to visit• Detailed street index


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