I am considering a brief visit to Glasgow. The plan would be to arrive at the airport on 14 July (Sun) at 10:40AM from Iceland and depart the next day at 11AM for Orkney. This is just a stopover as I can't get flights from Iceland to Orkney on one ticket. It would be me and my 15 y/o daughter and we will probably have a 22 inch suitcase and backpack each.
We are interested in medieval, Tudor timeframe, and WWII history. We're not really big shoppers although DD loves used bookstores if you have any recs for those. (If our luggage weight limit allows...)
The things I have found that look interesting so far are:
Glasgow Cathedral (open 1-5)
Museum of Religion (open 11-5)
Provand's Lordship (open 11-5)
The Necropolis (open until dusk) - considering their guidebook, any recs on that?
Could we do this in the afternoon? I've never flown into Glasgow so don't know what to expect from immigration at that time (US passports). Is there something else you would add based on our interests? Is there an interesting part of Glasgow to wander around? We prefer wandering around older (usually medieval) parts of towns/cities.
It looks like there's a bus into the city pretty regularly so transport shouldn't be a problem. (Would we want Queen St Station or the bus station for our itinerary? I was thinking Queen St.)
Would you recommend we stay at an airport hotel, drop our luggage and then head into town, or is it preferable to stay in town (I guess near the train or bus station)? It looks like the airport bus runs 24h so getting back shouldn't be a problem, but I don't know about breakfast there.
How early would you recommend getting back to the airport before our flight if we check in online but can't print boarding passes (I assume)? What if we can't check in online? We will have a bag to check each.
Thanks for any suggestions!