48 Hours in Glasgow, Scotland - United Hub

48 hours in Glasgow, Scotland

By Nick Harper

Scotland's biggest city is packed full of world-class museums and galleries, magnificent architecture, peaceful parks and more cultural hot spots than you can fit in 48 hours, so you'll need to select where you go and what you see wisely. If it's your first visit, allow us to guide you through some of the essentials.

South Portland Street Bridge in Glasgow

Getting there

Once you've flown into Glasgow Airport, the city center is only nine miles west or a 25-minute or less taxi or airport bus ride away. The city itself stretches out across the north bank of the River Clyde, with George Square at its heart and many of the city's best hotels located close by. The city is built on a grid system and easily navigated on foot, but if you're more comfortable following a guide, the Glasgow Walking app is a great resource. Additionally, the city's Subway system is laid out in a 15-stop circular network between the city center and the west end making it easy to find your way around.

When to visit

The hands-down best time to visit Glasgow is during the summer, between June and August when the weather is warm, the sun sets as late as 11 p.m. and many of the city's attractions stay open longer.

Glasgow Scotland Red Sandstone Buildings

Where to stay

Located in a tree-lined Victorian terrace in the stylish West End of the city, Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens is a luxury boutique hotel beloved by A-list celebrities. A vibrant addition to the city center, The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel is a series of glorious Georgian townhouses in a quiet square within an easy walk of the city's main sites. And if you're traveling on a budget, The Pipers' Tryst Hotel is connected to the National Piping Centre, built in a 19th-century Italianate church, and buried in the heart of the city's theatre district.

What to see

To get a full view of the city, climb up to the viewing platform at The Lighthouse, designed by the city's greatest architect, artist and interior designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and originally used by the city's Herald newspaper. The Lighthouse is now Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture, and its platform offers expansive views of the city's skyline. Next up, visit the Glasgow School of Art, disputably one of Mackintosh's greatest buildings and the city's architectural heavyweight. It stands opposite the spectacular glacier-like School of Design, making both places easy to explore in one afternoon.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow

Heading west, stroll through Kelvingrove Park and you'll understand why Glasgow in Gaelic means the “dear green place." There you'll find Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, home to Salvador Dali art, stuffed animals and a real Spitfire airplane.

Keep on heading east and you'll find it hard to miss the imposing Glasgow Cathedral, one of the few Scottish cathedrals that survived the Reformation mobs and a shining example of Gothic architecture, with much of the building dating back to the 15th century. From there, head across the Clyde to the south bank and you'll find the ultramodern Glasgow Science Centre with four floors of science and technology that will appeal to kids young and old.

The Gallery of Modern Art in Merchant City is Scotland's most contemporary art gallery, housing works from international artists that will appeal to all ages. Close by, the Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre is an experience like no other. The brainchild of Russian sculptor and mechanic Eduard Bersudsky, the theatre boasts vast figures built from scrap that are brought to life in stories set to haunting music. It's clever, colorful and entirely unexpected.

View of Loch Lomond

If you're looking to escape the crowds, head to the Botanic Gardens in the West End, an unexpected oasis where wooded gardens follow the banks of the River Kelvin and the city's hustle recedes into the background. But to truly escape the crowds, take note that Loch Lomond lies just 35 miles to the north of the city. Head there for wide skies, rolling hills and crystal-clear blue water that will take your breath away.

Where to eat & drink

Glasgow's reputation for food and drink has been on the rise for several years now. Exceptional options to suit all tastes and budgets dot the city center and the hip West End. For three of the best places to eat, you should try one or all of the following.

Rogano is a Glasgow legend famed for its art deco cruise liner vibe, Rat Pack soundtrack and the always exceptional quality of its Scottish seafood. Stravaigin mixes a menu of international dishes with classic Scottish fare, so head here if haggis still needs to be crossed off your list. And drop everything else to visit Ubiquitous Chip. A Scottish icon set over several floors and decorated like a hanging garden, its menu is inspired by regional Scottish dishes using only Scottish produce.

Drinking well in Glasgow is even easier than eating well, with pubs, cocktail bars and whisky joints on almost every corner. For a proper Scottish pub, head for The Doublet or The Scotia, or Drygate for craft beer. For cocktails, try Blue Dog or The Salon Lounge. And for whisky, Chinaski's and Pot Still offer more options than you could ever taste — the latter alone has more than 700 malt whiskies available.

Finally, if you want to keep on drinking while sampling some of Glasgow's legendary live music, head on to King Tut's Wah Wah Hut. This intimate but legendary live-music venue is a big reason why Glasgow has earned the UNESCO status as a “city of music."

If you go

United flies seasonal, nonstop routes between Glasgow and Newark International Airport, but connections are available all year round through our Star Alliance partners. For more information and to book your next getaway to Scotland, visit united.comor download our convenient United app.

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By Ryan Wilks, May 21, 2020

As a member in the tourism, travel and transportation industries, United offers a unique perspective into the economic and operational effects rippling across the U.S. To advocate United's efforts, and in anticipation of a bright future, New York/New Jersey President Jill Kaplan and California President Janet Lamkin have both been named to their states' respective governor's COVID-19 response task force committees.

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We remain passionate about connecting the world safely

United CleanPlus SM is our commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. We're teaming up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures, and over the coming months, we'll roll out Clorox products across our U.S. airports, starting in select locations, to help support a healthy and safe environment throughout your travel experience.

At the airport

  • At check-in:

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    Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
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    Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
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    Introducing touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

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    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
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    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
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    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
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    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing

On our aircraft

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    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
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    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
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    Temporarily removing onboard items like pillows, blankets and inflight magazines
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    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
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    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
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    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
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    Applying social distancing to seating procedures when possible, including:
    • Limiting middle seat selection
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    • De-planing in groups of five rows at a time to reduce crowding
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    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft, to be completed on all flights by mid-June
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    Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove up to 99.7% of airborne particles

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A message from Scott Kirby, United’s new CEO

By The Hub team, May 20, 2020


Hello. I'm Scott Kirby, the new CEO of United Airlines. I'm a proud Air Force Academy graduate and have spent my entire career in and around aviation, including the last four years as President of United.

While I had planned for my first communication with you to be about the meaningful investments we were making to the travel experience and our continued growth across the U.S. and expansion to exciting new destinations around the world, today, the situation rendered to us by the COVID-19 pandemic leads me to a different type of message.

First, I graciously and humbly thank you for your business. Now, more than ever, our customers' loyalty is so deeply appreciated by every member of the United family.

As essential workers, the men and women of our airline have been hard at work over the past two months to transport vital medical supplies and critical goods to places that need them most, to provide free travel to healthcare professionals and to help thousands of individuals repatriate to their home countries.

Safety has always been our top priority, and right now in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, it's our singular customer focus. We recognize that COVID-19 has brought cleanliness and hygiene standards to the front of your mind when making travel decisions. We're not leaving a single stone unturned in our pursuit to protect our customers and employees.

We are installing plexiglass in lobby and gate areas, we're using the same equipment used to clean hospitals to disinfect the interiors of our aircraft, all crew and customers on board are required to wear face mask coverings and we're taking the temperature of our employees before they start work.

But at United, we're not stopping there. We're teaming up with experts from Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic to set a new standard for cleanliness and healthy flying that we are calling United CleanPlus℠.

Clorox is working closely with us to improve how we disinfect common surfaces and provide our customers with amenities that support a healthy and safe environment.

Physicians and scientists at the Cleveland Clinic, will advise us on new technologies and approaches, assist in training development and create a rigorous quality assurance program. And, as scientists learn more about how to fight COVID-19, Cleveland Clinic experts will help us use those discoveries to quickly implement new ways to keep our customers safe.

While we may not know when this pandemic will subside, what we do know is that travel is so deeply woven into the fabric of our global culture. We all desire to visit family, dance at a friend's wedding, hug parents…and see the wonders of this beautiful world. No matter how sharp the picture quality – or how strong the WiFi signal – there's simply no substitute for being there – in person – to collaborate, celebrate, explore. We are confident that travel will return. And when it does, United Airlines will be ready to serve you again in the friendly skies.

Thank you. Be well. And I look forward to seeing you on board.

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