Fly to Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow is refreshingly down to earth. If you like places and people who tell it like it is, without airs, graces, or apologies, this is the city for you. Glasgow’s working-class roots are probably responsible for its no-frills attitude, but they also taught this city how to kick up its heels. Its pubs, clubs and live music venues are among the best in Britain, and its gutsy attitude and edgy style is setting some serious trends.
Glasgow is an attractive city too, with a legacy of Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Many of its dull 70s office blocks have been replaced by sparkling glass structures, bringing the landscape into the 21st century in a fashion appropriate sense relevant to its increasing prosperity. Sweeping bridges across the River Clyde reinforce this modern aesthetic, creating an interesting counterpoint to the historic landmarks and traditional buildings.
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Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
South African Passport holders do need a UK Visa to visit Glasgow, Scotland, or anywhere else in the United Kingdom. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
The South African Honorary Consulate to Scotland is located in Glasgow. 10 Midlothian Drive, Waverly Park, Glasgow, G41 3RA. Phone: 084 538 80463. Website: www.honconsul.za.com/scotland/.
See and do
The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment, and is receiving rave reviews worldwide. It’s become one of Scotland’s most visited attractions, and entry is totally free.
Its popularity still comes second to the Victorian Necropolis, however, and this hauntingly beautiful cemetery is an absolute must-see. It also has great views of the city and of Glasgow Cathedral – an exceptional example of Gothic architecture dating back to the 15th century.
It’s impossible to go to Glasgow without spending some time around the River Clyde. The city’s maritime heritage is extensive, and a cruise along the river gives a great perspective on the evolution of the area.
When the sun goes down, Glasgow’s entertainment-meter goes up, and you can grab a pint and see a live show any given day of the week. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays tend to have the best live bands, catering largely to pop, indie and rock fans.
Glasgow is best explored on foot, but if you’re heading (or staying) further out you’ll want to use the subway, bus or train. Subway day tickets cost the same as return tickets, so you can save a fair bit using those. The same goes for the bus. You’ll need to remember that you actually have to “hail” a bus in Glasgow – it simply won’t stop unless you’ve got your arm stuck out indicating you need a ride.
Glasgow International Airport – GLA
Food and beverage: EAT, Starbucks, and First Stop Café Bar.
Currency Exchange: Travelex is the official Forex partner of Glasgow International Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost checked luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the terminals to the Lost Property Office, situated in the domestic arrivals hall, on the ground floor.
Airport Hotels: Premier Inn and Ramada Glasgow Airport Hotel.
Car Hire: Avis, Europcar, National, Alamo, Hertz, Enterprise, Budget, Dollar and Thrifty.
Airport Hub: Glasgow International Airport (code GLA) is a hub for Loganair.