Cork Airport

Destination of the month

Welcome to Glasgow

Scotland’s biggest city combines its famed working class earthiness with a sophisticated range of cultural offerings and a vibrant bar and restaurant scene.

Flights to Glasgow from Cork Airport

Things to do here

Glasgow’s elegant Victorian era buildings, the legacy of a wealthy 19th century mercantile economy, are now home to trendy bars, great restaurants and a dynamic live music scene. Glaswegians are rightly famed for their friendliness and the city’s streets are busy with shoppers during the day and visitors and revellers at night. Charles Rennie Mackintosh's designs are synonymous with the city and its rich industrial heritage is also proudly now on display. 

To Eat

  1. The Ubiquitous Chip, an early propagandist for the best Scottish produce, was opened by Ronnie Clydesdale in 1971, and is today an institution in the city’s food and cultural scene marrying Scottish regional dishes with a French classical twist.
  2. Long a stalwart of the city’s Indian restaurants, Mother India is where Glaswegians go to have Asian comfort food. The restaurant has three dining rooms and a separate menu for kids.

To Stay

  1. The Grand Central Hotel - this Victorian-era building and hotel is part of the central railway station. High ceilings, long corridors and a fabulous ballroom are some of the highlights of the hotel. The hotel is also award winning, as is its food.
  2. Opposite the main train station, the Artto Hotel is a modern three-star hotel that has free Wifi for guests and its own Indian restaurant on site. Large windows allow lots of light into the modern and attractive rooms and the hotel is only a five-minute walk from the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art.

Glasgow School of Art Culture

Charles Rennie Mackintosh's greatest building – extensively damaged by fire in 2014 (with renovation works ongoing) is still an art school. It's one of Glasgow's architectural showpieces and the Steven Holl designed School of Design (the Reid Building) is now right opposite it. An interesting contrast and well worth checking out. 

Mackintosh House Cultural

Attached to the Hunterian Art Gallery, this is a reconstruction of the first home that Charles Rennie Mackintosh bought with his wife, designer and artist Margaret Macdonald.

Burrell Collection Museum

This collection was amassed by wealthy industrialist Sir William Burrell and the idiosyncratic collection includes everything from Chinese porcelain and medieval furniture to paintings by Degas and Cézanne.

See the city from the water Scenic Tour

Departing from the Riverside Museum, Seaforce offers all-weather powerboat jaunts along the Clyde. There are a variety of trips, including a half-hour ride around central Glasgow, an hour-long trip to the Erskine Bridge, or four-hour rides to local wildlife hot spots.