City Sightseeing Glasgow launches new route ahead of e-bus arrival

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The company is investing in 10 new electric open-top buses as well as launching a second, seasonal tour. JAMIE SIMPSON/CITY SIGHTSEEING GLASGOW

A new hop-on-hop-off tour covering the east and south of the city of Glasgow is being launched by the West Coast Motors-operated City Sightseeing franchise in the city this summer.

From Friday 17 May, City Sightseeing Glasgow will expand its offering to include a new yellow tour. Its original red route tour continues to operate all year round and covers the west and central areas of the city stopping at sights such as Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Green, Clydeside Distillery, the Riverside Museum, Glasgow University and Kelvingrove Art Gallery. The new route, which will depart from North Hanover Street near George Square, will stop at 19 locations taking in Tennent’s Brewery, Barrowlands, Celtic Park and the Emirates Stadium, the Burrell Collection, Ibrox and Glasgow Science Centre, and will run from May to September. It will last up to an hour and 30 minutes and will operate half hourly between 1000 and 1600hrs daily.

In addition to launching its new yellow route, the company will introduce 10 new electric buses to its red route this summer. City Sightseeing Glasgow’s operations manager Richy Graham said: “We are delighted to launch our new yellow route and showcase a host of popular attractions and venues as well as some of the lesser known but equally fascinating parts of the city.

“Our hop-on-hop-off tours are a great way to explore the city at your own pace. Whether you want to learn more about Glasgow’s industrial heritage, diverse culture, music scene, sports venues or art collections, there is something for everyone on our tour. We look forward to welcoming visitors on board our new yellow route this summer.”

The yellow tour commentary is being created by Sabrina Allison, Managing Director at Discover Glasgow. She commented: “The East End, South Side and Govan have so much to offer to round out the heart and history of Glasgow, it’s a perfect time for this new tour. After gathering stories from interesting people around Glasgow and digging under the surface, I’m excited to share this new picture of Glasgow with locals and visitors alike on the new yellow tour.”

The tour will also visit the Scottish Football Museum. The museum’s Andy Kerr added: “We are pleased the Southside finally has a route that lets people see some of Glasgow’s best-kept secrets, and we are only a few stops away on the train from the new yellow route. We look forward to welcoming the world to the Southside and to Hampden Park.”

Talking about the new electric buses, Operations Manager Richy added: “The launch of our fleet of our electric buses is a great example of the important role our city tours play in sustainable tourism and making Glasgow a greener and more attractive destination for visitors from all over the world.”