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Where is Glasgow?

Edinburgh may be Scotland’s capital, but Glasgow is the nation’s biggest city – this sprawling metropolis is actually the third largest city in the UK, behind only London and Birmingham. You’ll find Glasgow on the west coast of Scotland in the country’s Lowlands, ensuring that it doubles up as both a thriving city centre and seaside getaway. The city has excellent direct links to Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Scottish highlands meaning tourists should certainly be looking at car hire in Glasgow if your plan is to see the Scottish sights.

Where’s the Closest Airport?

Glasgow International Airport is a major transport hub in Scotland, and is located just fifteen minutes from the city centre by car. This airport serves a great number of destinations both domestic and international, and offers a number of different transport links into the city. If your travelling into Glasgow Airport for leisure or business then be sure to check out our best car hire deals for Glasgow Airport.

A second airport also serves Glasgow however, in the form of Prestwick Airport. This hub specialises in low-cost airline travel options provided by Ryanair, but transport is tricky to come by – you’ll have to use a specialist train, which takes almost an hour to reach Glasgow. If you are flying in or out of Prestwick Airport, you could save yourself a great deal of trouble and time by arranging a car hire at Prestwick Airport for collection upon arrival.

What’s in Glasgow?

No amount of time spent in Glasgow is enough to see and do everything, even if you do rent a car – there are countless attractions in the city alone, and basing yourself in this area means that you have access to a variety of different activities spread throughout the country. Further afield, you’ll find beaches and moorland throughout the Greater Glasgow area that will provide opportunities to see the other side of Scotland.

If culture is high on your list of priorities, you’ll find a number of museums to amuse yourself (including the former European Museum of the Year, the Riverside Museum), and art galleries aplenty throughout the city centre. There are also a number of theatres and concert halls in Glasgow that host plays, operas and ballets, and some jaw-dropping architecture in locations such as the cathedral.

You can also seek refuge in one of the many parks and gardens dotted around the city, catching your breath before a night of true Scottish hospitality in the many pubs, bars and restaurants to be found.

Do I Need a Car Rental to See the Sights?

For getting around the city centre itself, Glasgow is blessed with some excellent public transport links that will scoot you around an unfamiliar setting in to time at all. You’ll be able to find plenty to do if you decide to stay away from a vehicle for the duration of your stay.

However, Glasgow is described as the gateway in western Scotland, and there is much more to see and do than what the city centre has to offer. Transport is harder to come by if you plan to investigate the surrounding area (remember just how big Glasgow is), and with the aid of a car you could even take some deep lungfuls of Highland air and still be back in your hotel before bedtime. Car rental is advisable in Glasgow, if only to greatly enhance your options.