2014-12-092014-12-09 Campervan Hire Glasgow, a Scottish adventure
Campervan Hire Glasgow, a Scottish adventure
The accolades keep pouring in for Glasgow, with it recently being voted world’s friendliest city and a hugely popular destination for a motorhome holiday. The highly successful Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 have the city pristine and at the top of its game. It is a UNESCO City of Music, hosting an average of 130 events per week, and also has impressive Victorian architecture and lively neighbourhoods in a compact and easy-to-navigate centre. For all that,it’s only 30 minutes to Loch Lomond, gateway to the Scottish Highlands.
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Where to stay: Campgrounds around Glasgow
Red Deer Village Holiday Park is just outside Glasgow, in the village of Steppes. It is also less than an hour’s driving time to Edinburgh, and handy to Stirling with good access to Loch Lomond. It is a five-star facility, having undergone recent upgrades.
Hit the Road – Scotland road-trip ideas
Stirling is a university town with a well-preserved castle and is home to the National Wallace Monument, commemorating William Braveheart Wallace. It is a useful place to learn some graphic detail of Scotland’s struggle as a nation.
Edinburgh is famous for the Military Tattoo, held with the city’s castle as a spectacular backdrop, in August each year. This is a global event showcasing the best of military skills and talent. Edinburgh runs a season of arts festivals throughout summer, the final one being the Festival Fringe, a programme of quirky arts offerings.
Glasgow has its own international airport, just six miles from the city, with connection to more than 100 worldwide destinations.
From Glasgow, you can reach Perth and Dundee in about one hour. This part of Scotland is especially scenic as is the city of Inverness and its famous Loch Ness.
Eating, drinking and nightlife in Glasgow
The Merchant City is just one of Glasgow’s nightlife districts. A stand-out among many is Blackfriars Bar and Kitchen. This gastro-pub serves craft beer from Scottish Micro Breweries and has a basement live music venue. Mono Café has been dubbed ‘Glasgow’s Subculture HQ’ - this vegan café has award-winning food, coffee and craft beers. It is considered the essential venue for any rising music act to conquer.
Nothing is more Scottish than malt whiskey. The Glengoyne Distillery is 14 miles out of Glasgow, a beautiful whitewashed wall building at the bottom of Dumgoyne Hill. They run tours to understand the art of whiskey making, offering tastings, even teaching about whiskey and chocolate matching.
Glasgow Attractions: What to see and do
Charles Rennie Macintosh was an artist, architect and designer who is recognised as one of the most creative figures of the early 20thcentury. He is to Glasgow what Gaudi is to Barcelona, and his legacy of buildings can be seen all over the city. The Macintosh Trail ticket allows you to use public transport to travel to all Macintosh sites and includes entry to each, for 16 pounds. The Glasgow School of Art and House for an Art Lover are not to be missed.
Glasgow Cathedral is an exceptional example of Scottish Gothic architecture and is considered one of the finest medieval buildings in Europe. But the city is not just old buildings.The Merchant City district where the cathedral is located is full of stylish bars and cafes, Gallery of Modern Art and the world’s oldest-surviving music hall.
Driving tips for Glasgow
Scotland has just passed a law reducing the legal alcohol limit from 80mg to 50mg in every 100ml of blood, which is lower than the rest of the United Kingdom. While many factors affect blood alcohol levels,it could mean that drinking as little as a pint of beer may be sufficient to reach your legal limit.