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Glasgow is one of the most celebrated cities in the UK, and is one of the key centres for culture, art, food, music, politics and history in the country, with a huge amount to offer visitors. Best of all, it’s a city that can be enjoyed by all sorts of people on any size of budget. Nearby attractions are easily accessed by car and include the Seven Lochs Wetland Park, the Glasgow Botanic Gardens and several excellent golf courses.

Getting Around Glasgow

Glasgow has its own airport and several large train stations. This makes it incredibly easy to get into the city without a vehicle, allowing you to hire your own car once you arrive. There are multiple car rental shops in Glasgow, but the best places to head are Glasgow Airport and the centre of town, near to Glasgow Central, Queen Street and Anderston train stations. Once you have rented a car, you should find it fairly simple to drive around the city. There are three main motorways running through the centre of the city – the M8, which connects the city to the airport, the M77 and the M74 – as well as smaller A-roads.<p/>

Major Attractions in the Centre of Glasgow

There is plenty to see and do in Glasgow, but one of the most popular places to start is Glasgow Cathedral, which is Gothic in design and dates from the 15th Century. Other historical sites in the centre include the Hunterian Museum, and the Kelvingrove Art Galley & Museum. Family fun can be had at the Glasgow Science Centre and the Pavilion Theatre, while sports fans can get their fix at the Ibrox and Celtic Park stadiums. There are also many opportunities to shop, see concerts and gigs, and dine at some of the country’s finest restaurants.

Attractions Out of the Centre

The beauty of hiring a car is that you can easily get out of the centre of the city and access nearby attractions. The Seven Lochs Wetland Park can reached from the M8 and offers family activities, walking, cycling and wildlife spotting. Hampden Park, a music and sporting venue which is home to the Scottish Football Museum, is a short drive out of the centre, as are the Glasgow Botanic Gardens and the University of Glasgow campus.

Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

For a scenic day trip out of the city, drive west on the M8 and the A737, before turning off at the A760. You’ll pass Barr Loch and Castle Semple Loch, then loop round through the small town of Kilbirnie and enter Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, which offers many opportunities to walk, cycle, sail and spot wildlife. Once in the park, drive up to the waterside town of Largs. From here, you can continue on up through the park, passing farms, campsites and lochs as you go. Alternatively, you can drive up the coast from Largs on the A78, through Skelmorlie and Wemyss Bay, a route that offers stunning views of the Firth of Clyde and the island of Great Cumbrae.

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