Visiting Scotland on a Budget – Glasgow

It can be difficult traveling and sticking to a budget when you would like to see and do everything in a time frame, not to mention the time of year you visit Glasgow Scotland.  This can have a huge impact if travelling during high season and during a festive period.

Last time I was “Touring Scotland with No Car” the first stop, the city of Glasgow.

Visit Glasgow Scotland on a Budget: George Square, Glasgow
George Square, Glasgow ©MDHarding

The award winning “City of Architecture” Glasgow with its industrial past is a great city to visit!  A city that has it all from museums, art galleries, shopping, top class restaurants, hotels and of course shopping.

It is a reasonably priced city to stay and visit with accommodation ranging from budget hostels to the more expensive luxury hotels.  Although even the luxury hotels are more reasonably priced than the capital city of Edinburgh and with its easily commutable distance, at only an hour away by either bus or train. If you can book the Megabus in advance and travel at set times you can travel between the two cities for £1.00!!  Yes, unbelievable value!! (Although the tickets are booked with Megabus its the same service as the Citylink Bus).

Visit Glasgow Scotland on a budget!

Visit Glasgow Scotland on a Budget: The Tall Ship illuminated in the distance, River Clyde, Glasgow.
The Tall Ship illuminated in the distance, River Clyde, Glasgow. ©MDHarding

Riverside Museum located down by the River Clyde with its ship building past not only has lots going on inside the museum but also on the outside!  If you are a thrill seeker check out the powerboat ride located at the back of the museum (£10 per adult for 20 minutes).  Also don’t miss the Tall Ship built in Glasgow going out to sail the seven seas in 1896.  The historical vessel was saved from dereliction in 1990 when spotted in Seville. The Glenlee has an incredible history with not only circumnavigating the globe once but four times!  (Free Admission for both the Riverside Museum and The Glenlee).

Visit Glasgow Scotland on a Budget: Great exhibits all year round at Kelvingrove Art Gallery!
Great exhibits all year round at Kelvingrove Art Gallery! ©MDHarding

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum lies at the west end of Glasgow. The Spanish Baroque styled building home to over 8000 exhibits opened in 1901 and is one of the most popular free attractions located in Glasgow.

Mitchell Library is one of Europe’s largest public libraries with over one million items available.  Since opening in 1911 it has been one of the cities main landmarks.  (Closed Sundays).

Visit Glasgow Scotland on a Budget: Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow ©MDHarding

Gallery of Modern Art was built in 1778 as a townhouse for a wealthy tobacco Lord. Over the years the neo-classical building has been used for many uses until finally becoming the Gallery of Modern Art in 1996.

Visit Glasgow Scotland on a Budget: The Rise by Andy Scott
The Rise by Andy Scott ©MDHarding

And if your a fan of sculptures don’t miss “The Rise” by Andy Scott.  Not well known in his home town of Glasgow, as I found out when looking for directions.  One of his more famous pieces being The Kelpies located in Falkirk.

Glasgow has so much more including the Science centre, The Waverley Paddle Steam Boat, Hop on and off City Tour Bus and great venues such as the Kings Theatre, Royal Concert Hall, S.E.C.C and the Hydro.  Now home to the popular beer Innis and Gunn, tours can also be booked for the Tennent’s Brewery and the triple distilled single malt whiskey distillers Auchentoshan.

With so much to offer for all the family its a great place to stop and stay!  Glasgow can be very popular all year round with lots of concerts and other major events taking place with this in mind, I would highly recommend booking accommodation in Glasgow in advance.

Don’t miss part two where we will be visiting the Hebridean Islands of Tiree, Coll and Mull.

As always we would love to hear from you!  Please drop us a comment or question below.  Happy Travels x

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