If this is your first time travelling to Scotland, or even travelling internationally, you may be in need of a few Glasgow travel tips. Fortunately, we’re here to help.
Travelling to Glasgow as an Australian is an incredibly easy process. It’s been said that, for Australians, arriving in Scotland feels like a bit of a homecoming. There is much that Australia has in common with Scotland – our fanatical love of sports and a good beer for instance – so you’ll be feeling comfortable and at home in no time at all.
One of the best things about travelling to Scotland as an Aussie is that, unless you’re intending to stay for longer than six months or are actively looking for work, you won’t need a visa to enter the country. All that’s required for Australian citizens to enter the UK (which comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) is a current Australian passport.
Scotland’s currency is the pound sterling, the same currency used in the rest of the United Kingdom. The pound is typically worth quite a bit more than the humble Aussie dollar, so it’s best to make a budget ahead of time to ensure you’ll have enough funds to last you for the length of your adventure. For more on currency, visit the currency page.
When it comes to food, Glasgow has a little bit of everything. No matter what you’re in the mood for, be it familiar franchises, local eateries serving international dishes or hearty, traditional Scottish cuisine (go on, be bold and try the haggis – it’s actually alright), there’s something to suit every taste.
Tipping in Glasgow, as in Australia, is welcomed but not required. Say you’ve had a lovely meal at a nice restaurant and the service has been impeccable. In this instance, you might tip your server 15-20 per cent of the total bill, but it’s not necessary. In the case of a taxi ride, it’s customary to round up to the nearest pound.
Scottish electrical plugs and voltage are identical to that used in the rest of the UK. This is good news because it means you can take your Australian laptop, smartphone, portable batteries, cameras and other devices with you. All you’ll need to charge them is a simple power adapter.
While English is the primary language in Scotland, the Glasgow accent is so thick that it’s considered its own dialect: Glaswegian. Our top piece of Glasgow travel advice is: if you have trouble understanding someone, just ask them to repeat what they’ve said. Most locals are well aware their brogue can be a complicated one for the untrained ear.
Located deep in the city’s west, Glasgow Airport is the primary hub for all domestic and international travel to the area. A reasonably sized building and far from difficult to find your way around, should you arrive in Glasgow directly, this building will likely be your first taste of Scotland. Its uncomplicated terminal will be a blessing after a long-haul flight.