Glasgow or Edinburgh

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Scotland
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Scotland

Hoping someone can help.

I'm looking to arrange a girlie weekend of shopping, drinking and eating next April and would like some advice as to where would be more preferable.

Would be planning on staying in a Travelodge, so any recommendations (close to city centres) would be appreciated, and will be flying from London, so any recommendations on cheap airlines (from Heathrow if poss) would be really helpful.

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  • FranFran Forumite
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    Obviously Edinburgh on the same days that there is an mse meet so you can meet mse folk too!

    I'm sure Ed_Lass will help co-ordinate.

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  • I have to say that Glasgow is better for shops and it also has a fab selection of restaurants and bars to choose from. I was through in Edinburgh 2 weeks ago for xmas shopping with my boyfriend and was disappointed with the shops on Princess Street - it sometimes has 2 or 3 of the same shops!!

    As for flights, I would warn you that if you decide to go to Glasgow for your weekend then you would be advised to avoid Prestwick Airport as it involves a good 30 minute train journey to Glasgow :mad:

    One of the best airlines I have found for flights between Glasgow and Heathrow is BMI. I had a look on their website just now and it seems that they also offer short breaks including flights and hotel for 2 nights for about £120 per person :j
  • Thanks Gayle - a few people have said that Glasgow is better for city centre shopping. Have just checked BMI Baby and return flights will be £32.00. :D Will wait and see if Travelodge do any specials nearer the time - more money for shopping then! ;)

    Thanks again
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  • OtagoOtago Forumite
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    Yep, no competition. Glasgow wins hands down for choice. It came second only to London recently in some poll about shopping, and is well deserved if you ask me.
    There are quite a lot of budget hotels- all within walking distance of the shops including Premier lodge, Tulip Inn, Travel lodge at the Quay.

    Enjoy, and i hope the Scottish hospitality impresses you! :T
  • Pink.Pink. Forumite
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    Hi Frizz,

    We spent four days in Edinburgh earlier this month and had a fabulous time. We stayed in a travelodge (I think there are three to choose from) My teenage daughter loved the shops, but I must admit I spent more time looking around the city.....I do enough shopping at home!

    The thing I love about Edinburgh is that everything is within walking distance, so you can do whatever you want whenever you want to. We were on a family visit, and the things we enjoyed were the Castle, Camera Obscura, open top bus tour, the Royal Mile, the Houses of Parliament and a hilarious ghost tour, but they might not be so suitable for a girlie weekend.

    Some lovely restaurants...our favourites were a Spanish tapas bar and Jimmy Cheungs chinese buffet.

    I'm sure Edinburghlass will be able to help a lot more, should you decide to go there.

  • There is a Holiday Inn Express at the north end of the city centre - I think they call it Theatre Land, price includes breakfast and is very handy for the shopping centres ( there are many), but is a nice part of the city. The theatre is right across the road, bus station - there is a link bus to the airport there too.
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  • As a Glasgow gal, I'm quite biased....Edinburgh is beautiful, losts interesting tourist spots and culture. But Glasgow also has great buildings, culture and shops!
    I'd also recommend the Holiday Inn Express - perfect location.

    The best shops are - Buchanan Galleries on Buchanan Street. Head down Buchanan Street for more great shops. Further down Buchanan Street, go into Princes Square - there are lots of wonderful shops here, perfect for Xmas gifts. Towards the bottom of Buchanan Street you have the wonderful Frasers department store. Then right at the bottom of Buchanan Street you have the St Enochs shopping centre with Debenhams and loads of more......shops!
    For a spot of culture, head to George Square, - just go down Buchanan St, turn left into St Vincents St, then that will take you to George Square. Round that area is the Merchant City, lots of great buildings and this is the very expensive designer shop area.
    Also, the Museum of Modern Art is fantastic, great for a wander. Go down Buchanan Street, then just before Borders book store is a small street, go along and you have the Museum. This wee square has some great cafes and restraunts - great for people watching.
    Finally, on Mitchell Lane (a great street, like something out of New York...) there is the Lighthouse, an exhibition space. It also has a tower with fab views over the city (£2). Mitchell Lane is halfway down Buchanan Street, on the right hand side.
    My goodness, I hope you'll choose Glasgow after all this writing!
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  • Thanks so much for all your replies - we have decided on Glasgow - just waiting on confirmation from girl no. 4 and then we are going to book our flights tonight!

    Cannot wait!

    Thanks again
    Frizzle :D
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    Do Something Amazing Today.
    Save a Life - Give Blood.:A
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  • Hurrah - flights are booked.:D Just need to sort out accomodation now. Hoping to get lucky wth some Travelodge rooms - hopefully nearer the time, they will do the £26/£10 rooms offers. At the moment Glasgow Central is £70 a night :(. Has anyone stayed here - is it ideally placed for all the shops and bars etc?
    Only 5% of those who can give blood, actually do!
    Do Something Amazing Today.
    Save a Life - Give Blood.:A
    20 pints donated! :j:j
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