Destination guide

Glasgow a go-go: nonstop fun, culture, and heritage

Rich in history and modern charm, Glasgow is a hip and lively Scottish destination. Booking a Glasgow vacation rental gives you instant access to cosmopolitan Europe at its best, including its many museums, shops, historic attractions, and natural wonders. Whether you favor a bit of glamor or arts and culture, you'll find much to explore in this heritage-rich city known as much for its hidden gems as its well-known sites, like the shimmering River Clyde. Traveling solo, with friends, or with family, you'll find that Glasgow offers activities and entertainment for everyone.

Things to do

Take me to church—and maybe the cemetery, too

You don't book a Glasgow vacation rental without vowing to visit the Glasgow Cathedral. This 12th-century marvel is an amazing example of medieval architecture. If you're all about modern life, a visit to the Riverside Museum celebrates history with techy twists—think old-world cars mingling with interactive exhibits. Over 8,000 exhibits are on display at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, while the Gallery of Modern Art features hip contemporary works in a bold mansion. Don't let the Glasgow Necropolis scare you—this Victorian cemetery features thousands of stunning monuments.

Activities

Rock on, hipsters, history lovers, and hop-on tour lovers

Glasgow epitomizes cool, and 1 of the best ways to experience that chill is by cruising down the Clyde. The wind in your hair, you'll admire amazing views of castles and historic shipyards. It's also an UNESCO City of Music, which means there's always a concert happening somewhere. Pop over to the hipster-friendly West End for lively pubs and retro cocktail bars. This area also houses charming vintage boutiques, antique shops, and lush gardens. Of course, a hop-on, hop-off bus tour is essential if you're new to the city and need the scoop on all things Glasgow.

Weather

Things are getting seriously cool in Glasgow

Glasgow is cool but not exactly cold. Winter temperatures rarely dip below freezing, and even when they do it's very brief. Sure, you should pack a parka, but don't expect much snowfall. Spring is equally mild, while summer is interesting in its mood swings. One day may be bright and warm, the next will find you reaching for a jacket and an umbrella. In other words, prepare for everything. If you book a Glasgow vacation rental in the fall, you'll enjoy a similar mixed bag of cool days and lovely sunny days.

Natural features

Naturally, Glasgow's got that wild, wild life

Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and has loads of charm that allows the city's natural beauty to shine. The most significant is the River Clyde, the third-longest river in the country. Thanks to its significant depth, the river helped establish Glasgow as a major shipbuilding town. Head to Victoria Park and you can glimpse a bit of prehistory—fossilized tree stumps cast in sandstone. Visible from April through September, they were discovered in 1887. Visit a nearby beach and you might even spot a peregrine soaring above.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Glasgow

Fly into Glasgow (GLA-Glasgow Intl.), the closest airport, located 7.2 mi (11.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Glasgow (PIK-Prestwick), which is 28.1 mi (45.2 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Glasgow Queen Street Station, Glasgow Argyle Street Station and Glasgow Central Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can see more of Glasgow by jumping on the metro at Buchanan Street Station, St Enoch Station or Cowcaddens Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Glasgow?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 509 vacation rentals near Glasgow. From 333 Condos/Apartments to 29 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Glasgow for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Glasgow?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Glasgow. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • North West: 199 vacation rentals
  • Glasgow (ZGG-Glasgow Central Train Station): 615 vacation rentals
  • Glasgow Mount Vernon Station: 545 vacation rentals
  • City Centre Glasgow: 404 vacation rentals
  • Glasgow Crosshill Station: 582 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Glasgow! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Glasgow?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Glasgow:

  • Stirling: 197 rentals
  • Troon: 142 rentals
  • Houston: 143 rentals
  • Falkirk: 278 rentals
  • Thornhill: 117 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Glasgow?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Glasgow. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Glasgow (ZGG-Glasgow Central Train Station): 615 rentals
  • Glasgow Mount Vernon Station: 545 rentals
  • Glasgow Crosshill Station: 582 rentals
  • Italian Centre: 616 rentals
  • Glasgow Bridgeton Station: 587 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Glasgow listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.