The Best Airbnbs and Vacation Rentals in Glasgow, Scotland

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21 April 2021

Superb galleries, creative cuisine, dazzling architecture and a thriving nightlife scene combine to create a vibrant atmosphere in Scotland’s largest city. Pick your favourite Glasgow neighbourhood, and tap into the hyper-local vibe by staying in one of the best independent rentals in the city, including restored Georgian townhouses, contemporary design homes and chic city-centre studios – bookable with Culture Trip.

Smart apartments in Calton

St Andrews Square Apartments
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Overlooking an 18th-century church, these smartly modern, two-bedroom apartments sit just around the corner from the 15th-century Glasgow Green, the River Clyde and historic Merchant City, with its buzzy restaurants and bars (try locally loved Cafe Gandolfi for bistro-style bites). Each pad is carefully kitted out for self-caterers, offering capsule-coffee kits and complimentary toiletries, and the penthouse has leafy urban views from its rooftop balcony. The gothic Glasgow Cathedral, Victorian-era Glasgow Necropolis and other East End highlights are within a 15-minute walk.

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Chic city-centre stays in a historic building

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A sensitively revamped Georgian townhouse, hosting a duo of two-floor designer apartments gazing out on landscaped Blythswood Square, sets the scene for a swish stay in Glasgow’s city centre. The four-bedroom pad sleeps eight, with a light-filled open-plan kitchen and lounge. Most bedrooms are upstairs, including an ensuite primary double. Cosy-meets-contemporary styling is in soothing pastels, and the sister hotel across the road has a five-star spa. Restaurants, boutiques and exceptional sights, such as the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Glasgow School of Art, dot the surrounding area.

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Design-forward digs in central Glasgow

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Destiny Scotland
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Explore Glasgow’s busy heart from this central, thoughtfully restyled historic home, with crisply designed self-catering studios, on a busy square between Central and Queen Street stations. With a calming dove-grey colour scheme, each open-plan studio caters for two and features smart kitchenettes, orchid pots and cosy-up blankets. You’re surrounded by shops, delightful dining and Merchant City’s multilayered architecture. Nearby attractions include the neoclassical Gallery of Modern Art, the 1880s City Chambers and the Mackintosh-designed Lighthouse building.

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Stylish townhouse with garden in Govan

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Head over to rejuvenating Govan in Glasgow’s southwestern suburbs to find this three-bedroom semi-detached townhouse styled with contemporary flair. At this property near the 19th-century Elder Park, sun-yellow curtains, rose-pink throws and fresh flowers create a cosy feel, while French doors lead to a private garden. The property has space for up to eight guests. Known for its shipbuilding heritage, Govan was a separate town until the early 20th century; today, it has quick bus and subway links to central Glasgow (30 minutes away).

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  • Cosy West End apartment

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    Uncover independent cafes, bohemian boutiques and outstanding urban dining in Glasgow’s trendy West End from this bright, uncluttered one-bedroom apartment that sleeps four – there’s a pull-out sofa in the lounge. The unmissable Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Mackintosh House and Hunterian Museum are within a 15-minute walk, while the Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum overlooking the Clyde is about a 30-minute stroll away. Also, some of the hottest tables in town are nearby – don’t miss the divine Mediterranean-inspired plates at Ox and Finch.

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    Sun-filled oasis rooftop apartment

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    This colourful and beautifully decorated rooftop apartment has been described as a sun-filled oasis, as it’s on the rooftop of a converted historic building designed by the office of renowned artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The apartment boasts two double bedrooms, one of which is an ensuite, and a large private rooftop garden and lounge overlooking the city.

    Tasnim Nazeer contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on April 21, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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