Why you should choose Glasgow for your next shopping trip…


Glasgow is recognised as having the best shopping in the UK outside of London. Consistently voted ‘top of the shops’, the city is Scotland’s premier shopping destination, with it’s stores unrivalled for choice and quality.

With a cosmopolitan shopping culture, the city caters to all age groups and classes of shoppers. When you’re here, you can indulge in the vibrant nightlife, rich history, several amazing museums and art galleries and some of the best multicultural cuisines in Scotland. However, shopping in Glasgow still remains an experience that no one can afford to miss.

What makes shopping in Glasgow unique, is that it is for people across diverse interests. All of your high street favourites can be found in the city, as well as designer labels, specialist retail outlets, independent boutiques, antique emporiums, flea markets, top quality Scottish tartans and cashmere. As well as fantastic gifts, and goodies for all.

The city is a shopaholic’s paradise, catering for all tastes and budgets. So why not book a shopping weekend away?

Remember with Hannon Coach, bags go free!

These are the best shopping destinations that Glasgow has to offer:

1. Buchanan Galleries

Buchanan Galleries

Buchanan Galleries provides a gleaming, modern showcase for over 80 famous name retailers. This huge mall is also home to a wide range of stores, from High Street fashion favourites such as Next, Warehouse and River Island, to the eye-catching jewellery of Swarovski and Thomas Sabo. A unique shopping experience in Buchanan Galleries is the Scottish Design Exchange (SDX), which sells affordable products, from fashion and furniture to paintings and candles, with 100% of the sales proceeds going directly to the artists, designers and craftspeople who created them.

Buchanan is the latest and best shopping area, located in the midst of Glasgow at the junction of Sauchiehall Street and Buchanan Street (just across the road from the Hannon coach drop-off point).

220 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 2FF, United Kingdom


2. Princes Square

Princes square

Princes Square shopping Centre provides a fashionable, fancy and entertaining shopping experience for all those visiting. With a beautiful glass roof, this Glasgow shopping Centre provides its customers with numerous designer boutiques, cool cafes, and a Scottish Craft Centre.

The Square is not only a shopper’s delight – it is also one of the most stunning spots for a coffee, leisurely lunch or drinks, with a range of cafes and restaurants at terrace level overlooking a gorgeous courtyard. Also, it is home to the only boutique cinema in Scotland run by the independent operator, Everyman Cinemas, with three intimate screens and a popular bar, serving food and drink.

Princes Square, 48 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 3JN, United Kingdom


3. The Argyll Arcade

The Argyll Archade

For almost 200 years The Arcade has been a jewel in Scotland’s architectural crown and a magnet for shoppers. Today, the Argyll Arcade remains intact, and the oldest covered shopping mall in Scotland. Built in 1827 and situated in the heart of Glasgow’s shopping metropolis on Buchanan Street, the Argyll Arcade offers the largest and finest selection of diamond rings, diamond jewellery, wedding rings and luxury watches in a single location in Scotland – The Arcade has got it all!

Widely regarded as the diamond jewellery centre of the North, there are 32 shops for people to shop from.

If you’re looking for the perfect ring for that special someone, chances are you’ll find it here!

55 Argyll Arcade, Glasgow, G2 8BG


4. The Italian Centre

The Italian Centre

Situated among the luxury stores, trendy bars and first-class restaurants and in the heart of the Merchant City you will find The Italian Centre. The Centre in Glasgow contains some of the biggest names in the designer clothing industry. Only a five-minute walk from Argyle Street and Buchanan Street.

The Italian Centre is one of the best places to find designer clothing in Glasgow. Here, you will find exclusive boutiques and famous names, including Emporio Armani and Versace Collections, the UK’s first Versace store. The beautiful Centre was designed by the award-winning architects Page and Park, and features several magnificent and unique sculptures.

7 John St, Glasgow G1 1HP, United Kingdom


Our £39 each way Express from Belfast to Glasgow is the ideal way for culture lovers and avid shoppers from Northern Ireland to make the quick trip across the water to visit Scotland.

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10 Great reasons to choose Hannon Coach to travel between Belfast and Glasgow…

  1. Our service is the ONLY direct through service between Belfast and Glasgow – our coach travels the whole way with you and does not just drop you at the ferry terminal.
  2. Convenient online booking up to 60 minutes before departure
  3. The cost of the ferry is included, and we also check you on-board.
  4. Luxury coach the whole way with on-board toilet, Wi-Fi and reclining seats.
  5. The coach drops you off at Buchanan bus station– right in the heart of the city, within easy walking distance of University of Glasgow, Glasgow Cathedral, George square and the Light House.
  6. No luggage charges – bring up to 2 full size 23Kg suitcases per passenger.
  7. We can also accommodate bikes and larger items (Passengers are required to contact us in advance).
  8. We do not hike prices on busy days or closer to your travel date.
  9. Hassle-free security
  10. Free Wi-Fi the whole way.