Car hire in Glasgow
Hiring a car in Glasgow
The biggest city in Scotland, Glasgow is a place that comes with a reputation for being a to-the point, industrial metropolis. In reality, however, the city has gone through something of an evolution over the past couple of decades, and even if you think you know Glasgow, it's well worth visiting to discover the artistic cultural hub it has become over the course of the past few years.
With stylish bars, fantastic shopping opportunities and what is often hailed as being one of the very best live music scenes in the entire world, Glasgow is a fantastic city that has been packed full of culture without ever forgetting its history as a working class city built around the famously friendly residents that have helped make the city what it is.
What you need to know
Unlike its counterpart in the east of Scotland, Glasgow is something of an urban metropolis, and many of its best sights are dotted throughout the city. For this reason, the best idea is to hire a car that will allow you to travel across Glasgow and see as much as possible while you're visiting. The good news is that driving in Glasgow is relatively easy considering the size of the city. The roads are well laid out and easy to get around, making it simple to see as much as possible during your visit.
Booking your car hire with Holiday Autos means you can simplify the process of getting the very best prices around, with over 1,500 major car hire suppliers to choose from. Our website makes it easy to secure your vehicle, and you have peace of mind that everything is booked and ready for you with our 24/7 support and free cancellation and amendments to make the entire process stress free and easy to deal with.
Where to pick up your car
When you arrive at Glasgow Airport (GLA) and you're looking to pick up your car, you should locate your luggage and make you way out of the arrivals lounge. Once you've done this, you can head to the main terminal building, where you will find all of the major car hire desks located on the bottom floor. From here, you can collect your keys and documentation and get on your way and heading into Glasgow.
If you decide you want to hire a car after you have arrived in Glasgow, there are also various car hire offices located throughout the centre of the city, so it will always be convenient to book and collect with Holiday Autos.
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Where to go
When you've collected your keys and documentation at Glasgow Airport, all that remains is to decide what you want to see and where you want to visit while you're in the biggest city the country has to offer.
Whether you want to enjoy some of the wonderful shopping areas that the city has to offer, or want to tour the many fantastic museums and galleries that are located throughout Glasgow, your car hire gives you the freedom to let loose and explore one of the most culturally active cities you will find anywhere in the UK.
One of the biggest plus points of hiring a car in Glasgow from Holiday Autos is that you immediately unlock the chance to visit some fantastic little places that surround the city itself. One example is to make a day of visiting one of the islands off the west coast of Scotland. Why not drive the 25 minutes to Greenock, from where you can take a ferry to some fantastic little islands such as Dunoon and Rothesay. These places seem almost stuck in the past thanks to their disconnect from the mainland, but this only adds to their charm, and each has some great restaurants and places to pick up little bits of memorabilia, not to mention fantastic countryside that just demands a hike.
And for those with a penchant for golf, there's a great opportunity to try your hand at one of the most famous courses in the country that invented the sport. Royal Troon has hosted a number of British Open events over the years, and its position on the west coast makes it one of the very toughest links courses you'll play anywhere, and all within just 30 minutes of Glasgow city centre.
Your car hire means that you don't need to stick to Glasgow and the surrounding areas, however, and there are many fantastic places you can visit by taking a little bit of a longer drive further afield.
For example, a quick hour across the country via the M8 motorway will mean you can reach the historic capital of Scotland, Dunfermline. Not exactly a tourist haven, Dunfermline will allow you to see some sights you might never have even heard of. Take a walk through the old town, and you can see the ruins of the Dunfermline Palace, home to king Malcolm Canmore, and Dunfermline Abbey, under which is buried perhaps one of Scotland's most famous historical figures, Robert the Bruce. The town also hosts Pittencrieff Park, purchased for the residents by Andrew Carnegie, a perfect place for picnics in the summer months.
And even though you might not expect it when you're visiting one of the most populous cities in the UK, you can also take the time to visit some of the most picturesque places in Scotland from Glasgow with relative ease. For example, Loch Lomond and its fabled bonnie bonnie banks reside just an hour from the city, and make for one of the best natural settings in the whole country, making it well worth a drive to see.
Top attractions to visit in Glasgow
No visit to Glasgow will be complete without taking in the attractions and sights it has to offer, and when you have hired a car from Holiday Autos, the freedom to do so opens up so many opportunities to enjoy your stay and experience the best of what the city can offer.
The music scene in Glasgow is famous around the world, with some of the most famed artists in history having heralded it as bringing out some of the very best crowds available. Why not try to visit at least a few of its most iconic venues while you're in the city for a visit? Try to get to the ABC to see the world's largest disco ball, hanging from the roof in the main hall, King Tut's Wah Wah Hut to experience a venue that has hosted countless big acts over the years, and the world famous Barrowland Ballroom, where anyone who has ever lifted an instrument dreams of one day hitting the stage.
If your visit to Scotland coincides with the need to indulge in a little retail therapy, Glasgow is, without a doubt, the place to be. Hit Argyle Street in the city centre to find a great mix of local independent stores and chains, or head to the St Enoch's Centre or Braehead Shopping Centre for a more modern and seemingly endless shopping experience.
Think of Glasgow and art will probably not be the first thing that pops into your head, but the evolution of the city in recent years has meant that it has become more and more cultured, and its art galleries stand as testament to this fact. From Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the Burrell Collection to the Gallery of Modern Art and the Glasgow Print Studio, the city has one of the largest and finest collections of art to be found anywhere in Europe that is definitely worth setting some time aside to experience.
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