Glasgow International Airport remains the second busiest airport in Scotland, after Edinburgh. Located just 8 miles southwest of the city centre, passengers flying in and out of Glasgow Airport have excellent access to the city, and can tour its sights and attractions whilst waiting for a flight or stop-over. Airparks off a great range of Glasgow Airport parking options, so you can rest assured your car will be safe while you are enjoying the sights, shops and dining around the airport.
There are bargains to be had in World Duty Free, in departures and arrivals, with a selection of wines and spirits, tobacco, fragrances and cosmetics, whilst Boots, Dixons, W.H.Smith and the Sunglasses Hut are all on hand for last-minute holiday essentials. Dorothy Perkins, Tie Rack, Rolling Luggage and Swarovski offer fashion and accessories, with Liquorice Tree, Tartan Plus and Celtic selling a range of gifts and regional souvenirs.
From coffee and snacks, to a leisurely meal, Glasgow Airport has a range of dining options for travellers. Caffe Nero, Starbucks, Delice de France, Tesco Express and EAT offer casual snacks for passengers on the go, whilst Frankie and Benny's, Harry Ramsden's, O'Brien's and Village Grill are available for full-dining service. If you're looking for a pre-flight drink, head to the Drum and Monkey, J&R Tennant Pier Bar, The Sanderling, The Sandpiper or Bargo.
Head to the Relaxation Station to indulge in an acupuncture massage to relieve the stress of travelling, use Spectrum Interactive for your internet access at the airport, or escape the hustle and bustle of the terminal by checking into the skylounge in either the Holiday Wing or the Business Wing for a peaceful ambience with free snacks and drinks.
Just a few miles outside the city, Glasgow Airport has good links to the centre, and is well-connected by public transport and by road. The town lies on the banks of the River Clyde, and is a bustling and friendly base, with plenty of character. The architecture throughout Glasgow boasts both Victorian and Edwardian styles, and the town dates back to medieval days.
As well as great shopping and dining, and a vibrant entertainment scene, popular sights to see in Glasgow include Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Botanical Gardens, Glasgow Science Centre, People's Place and Winter Gardens, Provand's Lordship and Pollok House and Country Park. Art and culture-lovers can tour Kelvingrove Art Gallery, The Burrell Collection, the Gallery of Modern Art, The Lighthouse and The Hunterian Museum and Gallery.
Glasgow is known for its upscale shops and boutiques, with the Braehead Shopping Centre only 4 miles from the airport, and home to over 100 shops including plenty of famous high-street names. Boat trips are also available, with a River Bus service operating. Outside the city, visit Loch Lomond, Stirling, the coastal towns of Troon or Prestwick, or head to the capital, Edinburgh, only 46 miles from Glasgow.