The M8 Motorway Cutting Glasgow In Two
A kind of 'warning' and 'transportation' tip:
As you can see from my photograph, and the map (website below), the motorway cuts through Glasgow.
The best way to explore Glasgow is on foot but obviously you can only cross the motorway in a few places, and it is noisy / unpleasant.
Driving into Glasgow is easy off-peak but rush hour congestion is commonplace, and parking is expensive. Also, it can be intimidating being on a 6 lane highway, not knowing if your exit is left or right.
Tip: Avoid the M8. Leave your car out. That drunk man lunging at me with a bottle ... no wait, thats not fair on Glasgow, ... the free museums (I was like a child in a sweet shop) ... the Youth Hostel being an hotel and friendly and cheap, ... shopping for wedding clothes ... really good shops in beautiful arcades (no, not Enochs!!!) ... the Film Theatre, ... Sushi, ... and the airport - my gateway to the world.
The drunk, by the way, missed my head, smashing the bottle into the wall behind. But that happens anywhere, and hey, he missed! Other cities it'd be a gun. Glasgow is cool.
UMBRELLA AND RAINCOAT
If hiking then bring a good rucksack otherwise if your visiting the cities then the norm. applies Comfortable shoes for walking during the day.
People do tend to dress up at the weekends so don't forget a glitzy number for the weekends If your going hiking then be aware that in we weather the Scottish midge can be terribly irritating so wear netting. Mosquito repellant doesn't work. Bring cover for camera for rain can come down in torrents and leave you soaked to the skin even with a Gortex Jacket on. No joke! Double digits weather is rare so no bikins or light clothing. Always bring plenty warm jumpers and make sure you have plenty waterproofs If you want to go hiking then make sure that you have the correct footware and water resistant gear. The best kind is the one of the cheaper variety even although it can become sweaty for the most expensive Gortex clothing can still leave you feeling wet and sticky. Bring a water resistant map that you can sit on if you are caught up a mountain for it can take a while for the weather to clear
Out of town
I, like lots of others can be attracted by the water. Glasgow has a river and lot's of park areas with water features but if you want something a bit more watery head down either side of the river, North Side takes you down past Clydebank, Dumbarton towards Helensburgh. Some nice little places to stop off at. Bowling Basin at Old Kilpatrick is a favourite of mine. Sea going vessels can leave the River Clyde here and join on to the Forth & Clyde canal and then cruise all the way towards Edinburgh, past the magnificent Falkirk Wheel. Helensburgh is another favourite of Glasgow day trippers, it has a bit of a pebbly beach, some decent cafes and restaurants. On the other side of the river, South Side, go down past Paisley, Erskine, Port Glasgow and see Greenock and Gourock, there is a ferry terminal here for some of the holiday islands. This is also the start of the Ayrshire coast resorts of Largs, Troon and down towards Ayr.
All the trendy shops in one place...
If you haven't got much time to go around, a huge Shopping Centre like Buchanan is the solution. There're a lot of trendy shops, coffee bars, some restaurants and other stores. Clothes and crafts. Depending on what you want to buy! Many of the items we bought were marked down, so we didn't spend much and bought a lot of things!
best venue in town
The arches is the biggest club in Glasgow and probably the best night out! best night to go is Pressure, last friday of the month, which attracts all the big dj's - dave clarke, umek, dj sneak, felix the haus kat, groove armada, laurent garnier, slam, richie hawtin, jeff mills...the list goes on and on! The capacity is like 1500 and on a big night when its full its quite easy to get lost! other big nights include inside out and colours - tho they aren't really my thing and i haven't been! smaller nights like the funk rooms tend to be quieter and cheaper tho just as good. The different nights have different music, you can find out whats on in the list or the metro which you get on the bus and train. No colours but thats about it