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There are 20 car hire locations in Glasgow, and the most popular is Glasgow Airport.
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Warmest month: July (15°C)
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Hire a car in Glasgow
Scotland’s second city, Glasgow is the soulful, edgy sister to Edinburgh’s more conventional beauty.
With thriving music, food and shopping scenes, and acting as the perfect gateway to the beautiful Scottish wilderness, Glasgow is a brilliant weekend destination.
There’s nothing quite like driving in Scotland. Outside of the city, it’s easy to find stretches of road without another car in sight, and these sorts of journeys become just as exciting as their destinations.
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Frequently asked questions
Q. What is the most popular rental length in Glasgow?
A. Five to six days.
Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Glasgow?
Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Glasgow?
A. Green Motion is the cheapest car rental brand in Glasgow, offering cars from just £9 per day.
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The ultimate Glasgow road trip
Glasgow Airport GLA
Located 8 miles from the city of Glasgow.
Car hire pick up point
Car hire agents are located near to the arrivals terminal.
Falkirk – 51km
Home to interesting rotating boat life, the Falkirk Wheel.
Stirling – 19km
Market town surrounded by farmland with impressive old town and medieval castle.
Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park – 40km
Wild and beautiful area where you’ll find the biggest lake in Britain.
Oban – 102km
Popular tourist town with great seafood, and overlooked by McCaig’s Tower.
- There is free public WiFi in the city centre.
- The locals are friendly people – ask for advice or recommendations if you need to.
- Restaurants are relaxed here, but if you enjoy a meal, the custom is to leave a 10% tip.
- The Style Mile is the place to go if you want to shop – Glasgow is second only to London in terms of its shopping.
- For something different, be entertained by A Play and a Pint. This unique venue stages a new play every week, and entry to its lunchtime performances costs £14 at most, including a pie and a drink. Bargain!
- The village-like Ashton Lane feels like a little neighbourhood and is worth a stroll. There are many cafes and restaurants to try out along this cobbled street.
- Finnieston, the ‘foodie quarter,’ will leave you drooling at the mouth. Head here for the best gastronomic experience.
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Voltaire and Rousseau
A bohemian side-street is home to this unusually chaotic book store. The lack of space on the shelves matters not here – novels are piled from floor to ceiling in no rational order. To some it will be an unconquerable jumble sale. To others, a nostalgic treasure hunt where your chances of unearthing something rare and fascinating is far more likely than if you headed to the local Waterstones.
In Glasgow you can visit the oldest surviving music hall in the world. This fascinating time capsule is free to visit (it’s always good to donate something small) or you can pay to attend variety shows and vintage events. Seeing such an atmospheric piece of history which was built in 1857 is a real adventure.
Street art is a big deal in Glasgow, and the mural trail celebrates local artists. These colourful, surprisingly intricate installations are lovely stopping points around the city. From depictions of tigers to Billy Connolly, there’s lots of see.
University of Glasgow
Thought to have inspired Hogwarts, this is the fourth-oldest university in the world. Go and wander the grounds and see for yourself why the elaborate architecture was easily a worthy muse.
Many of the roads in rural Scotland are narrow and only provide enough space for one car. This is nothing to panic about – there are plenty of passing places if you meet a car going in the other direction. Just be aware that you may need to slow or stop completely to let another car pass you.
You may need to use these at night, in areas where there is no street lighting. This will help you see the road ahead more clearly. Remember, however, that you must switch back to normal dipped headlights if there is another car approaching you or in front of you as the glare will make it hard for them to see.
If you are exploring the countryside outside of Glasgow make sure you have a GPS system and paper map. These days, many people rely on phone apps which use data to provide them with directions, but you will often struggle to get signal in the highlands.
Locals may want to drive quickly on country lanes, as they know the roads and they are often at the national speed limit (60mph) when not passing through villages. If you are more confident driving slowly, then consider pulling over and letting a driver pass you. This means they will not get frustrated, and you can continue to have a relaxing drive.