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Car Rental in Glasgow, Scotland

If Glasgow rings any musical bells, it is because of its association with a 1980 song hinting that this Scottish city, otherwise a hard-edged town of left-wing workers, is the place to be heard and seen to advance one’s musical career.

More than just the most populous city in Scotland and one of the most visited in the British Isles, Glasgow is still the thumping hub of musicians, both upcoming and established, foreign and homegrown.  This distinction is recognized by the UNESCO initiative of honouring Creative Cities, Glasgow being the “City of Music,” an inscription awarded in 2008. This means that at any point of your visit, there are likely to be more than 100 music events lined up per week, an odd mix of Celtic beats, classical opera, pop, rock and grunge.

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Rent a Car in Glasgow for a Quick Tour of the City

Glasgow’s compact city center, aptly named City Centre, is largely pedestrianized and laid out in grid pattern, making it easier for car rentals in Glasgow, Scotland to cover in one quick drive highlights of the city. Argyle and Sauchiehall Streets which bisect the City Centre east to west, are lined with Edwardian and Victorian buildings that also make convenient landmarks. A drive on your rental car along Buchanan Street, which intersects the two other streets on a north to south orientation, gets you to the main shopping hub of the city.

As befitting the city center, the concentration of museums, art galleries and theatres can be found here, a short walk from each other. For a look at Glasgow’s medieval heritage, rent a car in Glasgow and drive east to Merchant City, once home to the Tobacco Lords who have amassed vast wealth in the 18th century. This medieval core, which eventually fell out of favour among residents because of the soot that covered much of its structures, is dotted with ornate 18th century mansions that spoke of the growing wealth that industrialization brought to Glasgow. 

A five-minute drive to the east of Merchant City on a car for rent in Glasgow will get you to the commercial and business district that grew around Blythswood Hill, one of the many hills you can drive to on a car hire in Glasgow to view the city from a perspective.

Hire Cars in Glasgow for a Jaunt to West End

Outside the City Centre, where rental cars in Glasgow are better accommodated in multi-story and on-street parking, lies West End, a plain moniker for a district otherwise characterized as bohemian, artsy and quaint. Thanks to the neo-Gothic University of Glasgow and the numerous eclectic shops, edgy bars and funky restaurants that line the cobbled backstreet Ashton Lane, the avenues here are leafy and the architecture lovely.

Within the vicinity is the imposing Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum which houses an immense collection of medieval weapons, armours, paintings and sculptures that range from Italian Renaissance to French Impressionist to modern Scottish in a Victorian red-sandstone building.  The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, maintained by the University of Glasgow and the oldest in Scotland, is home to an intriguing Anatomy Museum, an offshoot of the founder’s brother’s profession as a surgeon.

Before you drop off your car rental in Glasgow Scotland, take a short stop at the Riverside Museum, just 7 miles east of the Glasgow Airport, for a look at Glasgow’s maritime and industrial history, a legacy that it builds on even as it transforms itself from bulky and grubby, to edgy and sleek.