I am planning a two-week trip to Scotland in July. Will spend most of that time (10 days perhaps) in Glasgow. Would you recommend the first two weeks or last two weeks?
The last 2 weeks in July would probably be best for your visit.
This is the time for the Glasgow Fair which is a traditional time for Glasgow folk to take their 2 week annual holiday and their will lots of things to do and see.
thanks bonhillboy. Is there a website for the fair? I did a google search and came up with fleeting references only. They must have their own website somewhere.
I wonder if it's TOO busy during that period? (huge lineups at attractions and restaurants?)
Just to clarify..
The Glasgow Fair is just a name for the period when traditionally all the local factories, and industries like shipyards shut down for 2 weeks. Its not an actual fair as in a fairground with rides and things.
Although some people still take this period off, it is nowhere near as big a deal as it used to be. Most businesses now allow people to take their annual holiday to suit themselves. Although some shut on the first Monday of this period as its still treated as a local holiday.
The schools will be on holiday in the month of July so it will still be a busy time, and there should be plenty to occupy you. You might even get some decent weather ! (if you're lucky !!)
I don't mean to be treacherous here but... if you were to push towards August a little the Edinburgh festivals would be on. Unlike the Glasgow Fair, these are real festivals - the combined programmes make it the biggest arts festival in the world (apparently).
Edinburgh is a little under an hour by train from Glasgow and well worth visiting in its own right (I'll be run out of town for this...)
DNGlasgow, you are right to promote the Edinburgh festival (though very controversial in a Glasgow forum....lucky we're all so nice!!) but Doeraymee should also be aware that during the festival it's almost impossible to stay in Edinburgh, and even if you do get a hotel room, they're grossly over-priced.
If you do decide to come in August for the festival - better to stay in Glasgow and travel through to Edinburgh during the day (really easy by direct train). It can get a bit too busy in Edinburgh during that time anyway so Glasgow would probably be a more relaxing base (and a fantastic, vibrant and welcoming city to explore in its own right).
Come anytime, you'll be warmly welcomed whenever you choose!!
The children here start school holidays around 30th June and often families take holidays themselves the first two weeks of July, before the English schools break up for hols.........so I usually find Glasgow city sights and streets pretty quiet at that time, driving, in particular, is much easier.
The only place that's likely to be busy are the local airports.......we Scots like to travel!
The sales, if you're a shopper are also beginning!
Glasgow is a great city, lots to see and do, also a really good base for visiting other highlights in Scotland. We popped up to Fort William, Morar and Mallaig last weekend, a beautiful drive through Glencoe fabulous scenery and although we stayed overnight it is a managable day trip (around 5 hours round trip to Fort William, couple of hours more if you want to take in the rest).
Have a lovely time, and if you want any more info, just post your questions, happy to help.
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