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Icelandair’s route map includes the second most popular shopping city in the UK. Our flights to Glasgow offer an excellent alternative to the boutiques of London – along with fascinating architecture, outstanding museums, congenial pubs and unique restaurants.
Glasgow - The pulse of Scotland
Sauchiehall Street businesses should provide discounts for tourists who can pronounce the name! Visitors will delight in the many offerings found there and on nearby Buchanan Street. Be sure to visit the Willow Tearooms and enjoy not only traditional tea but also the exquisite architecture of the city’s renowned Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the complex designs of his wife Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. The Glasgow School of Art and House for an Art Lover are “must-see” attractions for Mackintosh aficionados.
A short drive from the city center is Pollok Country Park. Its pastoral setting, complete with “Heeland Coos” (or Highland Cows), belies the sophistication of the Burrell Collection of some 8,000 items collected by millionaire ship owner Sir William Burrell, exquisitely displayed in a modern and friendly museum.
In recent years, Glasgow has developed a thriving night life with a trendy pop music scene, fashionable clubs and impressive restaurants along with traditional pubs. And, oh yes, the occasional bagpipes and kilts.
Monster spotting in Scotland
A short train ride away is Edinburgh, the ancient capital, with its historic castle providing a breathtaking backdrop from almost anywhere in the city. Follow the Royal Mile down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.
Venture into the countryside and you’ll find familiar movie sites like Stirling (“Braveheart”) and Loch Lomond (“Rob Roy”), and enough castles to last a lifetime, including many that have been converted into hotels, providing romantic respites for honeymooners. Scotland’s lakes and rivers offer outstanding angling. And many a visitor has enjoyed the Whisky Trail of the Highlands and Lowlands, which also provides occasions for the telling of tall tales.
Such stories abound in Scotland, such as sporadic sightings of “Nessie,” its most famous prehistoric monster that apparently hangs out in Loch Ness. And the famous kilt question: what’s under it? Better left for you to ponder on one of our cheap flights to the UK.
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Icelandair flights to Glasgow arrive at Glasgow International Airport, about 9 miles west of the city center. Taxis and buses are readily available outside the arrival terminal.