Local Information


The summer school will be hosted in room 323 of the Kelvin Building at the University of Glasgow.  A map of Glasgow University, indicating the Kelvin Building and the Main Gates is below.  The easiest gate to use is the Botany gate.  There is currently some maintenance work being done around the Kelvin Building but access via most routes is still possible.


We will be heading to the local Fraser Building for lunch that serves both hot and cold food.  There will be local people to guide you there after the second lecture of the day. Alternatively if you would like something different, there are a number of restaurants on Byres road that are 5 minutes walk from the Kelvin Building. Of note there is:

Little Italy – pasta, pizza
Taco Mazuma – Mexican, burritos, tacos etc.
Masala Twist Buffet -£6.75 all you can eat
Peckhams – panini etc
Sandwiches etc. at Mark and Spencers, Tesco, Waitrose, Iceland
An abundance of coffee shops with food


Again, there are many places in the west end of Glasgow that offer nice food, close to the Kelvin Building. After the reception on Monday there will be some local people to guide you there (it is a 5 minute walk).

For the conference dinner we are heading to Balbirs for an Indian buffet. Please note that the conference dinner will cost £20 plus anything that you have to drink. As we are booking a table, you should notify us on Monday if you would like to attend.

For other days, some local options (that you can google the location if any types of food take your fancy) are:

Pub grub
Sparkle horse
Inn Deep
Brel – mussels
Tennents – cheap and cheerful
Chip upstairs

Mother India’s cafe
Wee Curry shop
Masala Twist
Ushers – completely vegetarian

Casa Russo
Di Maggio’s
La Vita Spuntini

Hanoi Bike Shop – Vietnamese
Bar Soba – Pan Asian
Ichiban – Japanese

Two Figs – Good mixture of different things and nice cocktails

Record factory

Traditional Fish and Chips
University Cafe

Spanish Tapas
Cafe Andaluz

The 78

Fancy and expensive
Chip downstairs


There are a number of venues close to the University that are affordable and convenient.  Please make your own booking directly with the hotel. They are:

Belhaven Hotel
15 Belhaven Terrace, Glasgow, G12 0TG, website
Single En-Suite £52, Double En-Suite £72.

The Heritage Hotel
4 Alfred Terrace, Glasgow, G12 8RF, website
Single En-Suite £40, Double En-Suite £60.

Albion Hotel
405-407 North Woodside Rd, Glasgow, G20 6NN, website
Single En-Suite £45, Double En-Suite £55.

Ambassador Hotel
7 Kelvin Drive, Glasgow, G20 8QG, website
Single En-Suite £60, Double En-Suite £80.

Argyll Hotel
973 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G3 7TQ, website
Single En-Suite £61.50, Double En-Suite £82, Triple En-Suite £123, Family Room £41 per person.

Sandyford Hotel
904 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G3 7TF, website
Single En-Suite £40, Double/Twin En-Suite £60.

Lomond Hotel
6 Buckingham Terrace, Glasgow, G12 8EB, website
Single En-Suite £37, Double En-Suite £58.

The Kelvin
15 Buckingham Terrace, Glasgow, G12 8EB, website
Single En-Suite £48, Double En-Suite £68.

Amadeus Guest House
411 North Woodside Road, Glasgow, G20 6NN, website
Single En-Suite £35, Double En-Suite £58.

Glasgow Metro Youth Hostel
89 Buccleuch Street, Glasgow G3 6QT Scotland, website
Single £33, Single En-Suite £39.

Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor
1 – 10 Grosvenor Terrace, Glasgow, G12 0TA, website
Single En-Suite £87, Double En-Suite £97.
There are several Hilton hotels in Glasgow, the Grosvenor is the one close to the University

Hotel and Hostel Search Sites
There are a number of other different hotels and hostels around Glasgow that can be found. Two notable ones are booking.com and hotels.com.


Arriving in Glasgow

The most convenient way to get to the university from Central or Queen Street train station or Glasgow airport is via taxi.  This cost around £8 from the centre of town or £25 from Glasgow Airport.  A few airlines fly to Glasgow Prestwick Airport which lies outside the city, to the south, and is not the same as Glasgow Airport. The best way to get to Glasgow from Prestwick is to take a train into the centre of Glasgow for £8 that takes 50 minutes.

An alternative way to arrive at the University from the centre of town is the underground to Hillhead station.  There are subway stations near both Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central train station.  The map below shows the walking directions from Hillhead Station to the Kelvin Building where the summer school will be hosted.