Spent 3 days in Glasgow last week - my first trip. Travelled with Ryanair arriving in Prestwick in a snow storm but on time. Easy connection to Glasgow from Prestwick, took about 50 mins and currently costs £3.20 if you show your boarding card.
We stayed at the Bestwestern Glasgow City Hotel in Elmbank street, about a 20 min walk from Glasgow Central.
After dropping off our luggage we set about exploring. First thing that surprised me was how hilly Glasgow is. We went to the Tenement House, but didn't go in as we thought £5 each a bit expensive to see just 4 rooms and we were trying to do this trip as cheaply as possible. Next we went to the Glasgow School of Art (one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's buildings), we had missed the last tour of the day so just poked our heads into the main entrance and had a quick look round. If you are interested in architecture and design the tour is probably well worth doing. We then went onto the City Chambers to do the free tour which lasted about 50 mins and was well worth doing as the building is fantastic inside.
For the evening we headed off to the Corinthian, and as it was a Thursday they were offering a selection of cocktails for £2 in their trendy Lite Bar, so we had a couple each. We then had dinner in the restaurant using our Times "eat out for £5 voucher" - I said we were trying to do it on the cheap! The food was great and fabulous value. We then headed off to the Scotia pub in time for the Vagabonds, who started playing at around 9.30. This turned out to be the best night out we have had in years. The band was good but the atmosphere in the pub was great and there were a couple of locals who had us in tears. One was a guy who looked like Ronnie Wood and had obviously had quite a bit to drink,so when the band played a Faces song he put on a bandana, climbed onto a table and started playing air guitar. Another guy, also quite drunk,jumped on a chair and joined him and everyone in the pub was singing along. I would go back to Glasgow just to go to this pub again on a Thursday night.
Next morning,slightly hung over we got up really early to do a Loch Ness and Highland tour. Although this was a bit of a whistle stop tour it was really great and the countryside was just fabulous covered in snow. We made stops at Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Fort William, Commando Memorial, Fort Augustus at the bottom of Loch Ness, Laggan Dam and Pitlochry. At the Commando Memorial we were even lucky enough to see Ben Nevis which apparently is usually shrouded in cloud. We were also lucky enough to see a stag.
We went back to the Scotia that night and the Frank Hagen band were on. They were very good musicians, but it wasn't as much fun as the night before.
I really loved Glasgow, found the people friendly and great fun and would certainly recommend the city for a short weekend break.