Why Glasgow is a Brilliant European Destination

Jessica Peterson

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and because of its size, the metropolis oozes culture and curiosities. The city is brimming with backstreets and alleys which host everything from thrift shops to record stores and, combined with its rugged reputation, the city has inspired countless artists, authors and creators with its harsh realism.

With so much going on at once, it’s a challenge to know exactly what to look for even when you do visit. Using this brief guide, you should find it easier to understand what the city has to offer, along with why it’s such an interesting place to visit and experience.

Food and Drink

People often use food as a big indicator of whether they want to visit somewhere or not. The truth is, none of us want to travel to places where we’re unsure about the food, though half the fun is
experimenting and trying something new.

Glasgow and Scotland as a whole, strike the balance perfectly in this regard. The food and drink in the city is not particularly exotic but it’s definitely different. The most famous Scottish food is haggis, which is made sheep organs minced with seasoning and onion but there are many more iconic Scottish foods, from sweet and savory battered mars bars to crumbly shortbread.

In general, Scotland’s food offering is usually fairly fattening – aside from their exceptional supply of fish and seafood – which makes Glasgow a great option if you want to indulge yourself in a few unhealthy meals.


Considering the city’s size, it makes sense for Glasgow to have a vast accommodation offering that caters to all sorts of visitors. For those on a budget, there are plenty of affordable hostels charging $20-30 per night and for those looking at more glamorous experiences, there are plenty of luxury hotels in Glasgow too.

In particular, Scotland is home to multiple award-winning golf courses which have led to the creation of quaint golf and spa hotels, located in the Scottish countryside and attached to golf courses or driving ranges. So, if you’re a golfer then it’s definitely worth considering Glasgow as a destination.

The city boasts a huge variety of accommodation options, making it fairly easy to find something that works around you.

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Attractions and Pricing

At the heart of any great holiday destination is what you can do there and how much it costs. Plenty of the most popular locations in the world are difficult to visit simply because of how expensive everything is. London is a prime example, with prices that are noticeably higher than the rest of the country.

The problem with this is that many of the hidden gems, both in Europe and beyond, are actually the cheapest places to go on holiday, simply because their tourism industry isn’t booming yet so you get a real taste for the culture. Now, Glasgow doesn’t quite fit into this category but it’s a far cry from the prices of a capital city either (here is a brief pricing guide comparing the two).

So, whilst it’s not cheap, it’s definitely an affordable place to visit which is even more impressive considering it’s size and variety. Glasgow boasts countless attractions from modern art museums to sports complexes to historically significant sites – regardless of what type of traveling you like to do; the city should be able to provide, even if all you want is an active nightlife and a place to dance.

This look at Glasgow as a European destination is far from in depth and just highlights the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the city has to offer. If you’re interested in finding out more, be sure to do some research around what you’re interested in and what your hobbies are. You’re guaranteed to find something to do in the city that aligns with your interests.

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Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island.
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