|Glasgow 2014 Sculpture in George Square|
THERE has never been a better time to visit Glasgow than this Summer, as the city is all geared for the Commonwealth Games. Glasgow has been transformed to accommodate the prestigious sporting event which has involved the construction of a brand new Athletes village, the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome -named after the Scottish Olympic cycling hero - and the Emirates Arena in the East End of the City. George square has dedicated some of its space to the Glasgow 2014 Store, which sells official merchandise for the games, due to unfold on July 23rd. A sculpture of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games logo has been installed on the square too - reassuring the sporting spirit within the city. Buchanan Street will provide all you're refreshment needs if looking at the athletes may inspire you to go on a health kick then why not grab a smoothie from Fuel Bar -found on the bottom level of Buchanan Galleries. It sells fruity smoothies for burning fat to energy boosting, which you may need to keep up with all the sporting events. However, If you're after more Scottish based scran (Glasgow saying for food) like a warm bowl of broth, then look no further than the Willow Tea Rooms designed by Scotland's famous architect - Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
If you want to participate in you're own sports with the kids perhaps then head to Kelvingrove Park In the West End, where you will find all the green space you need. In fact Glasgow is Gaelic for 'Dear Green Place' as the city has over 90 parks, all the open space and greenery makes Glasgow a natural host for the Commonwealth games.
Getting to Glasgow
If you're flying from abroad then it's likely you will arrive in Glasgow International Airport. Its around a 15-20 minute journey from the city centre in a taxi or you can get the Shuttle bus from outside the main terminal which will take you to Buchanan Bus Station.
If you're heading up from down South you can either travel by Virgin or East coast rail to Queen St or Central Station which are both located in the heart of the city.
Tip: If you have some free days between the games why not take one of the City Sightseeing bus tours. The red open top buses are a great way to see the cities major attractions such as The Riverside Museum.
Need more information, check their website:http://www.citysightseeingglasgow.co.uk/
Getting to the Games
As most of the games will be held in the City across various locations such as Parkhead in the East End, where the opening ceremony will take centre stage in Celtic Park. Several buses go from the City Centre to Parkhead such as the 255 and 240. Double check bus routes and plan your journey here: http://www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/glasgow/journey_planning/