Since the dawn of time (well since Glasgow became cool, hip and trendy) there has been a duel between Scotland’s two greatest cities for superiority. Edinburgh has the history but Glasgow has the attitude. Edinburgh has the Parliament but Glasgow has a palace for its people.

It’s time to settle it once and for all, with Glasgow Living’s (obviously impartial) guide to Glasgow vs Edinburgh.

1. Salt and Vinegar over Salt and Sauce

salt and sauce

Edinburgh, how about we get sauce and vinegar? Come on, live a little, let the hair down, go wild.

2. Paying for a museum

Kelvingrove_Museum2For heaven’s sake Edinburgh, Glasgow has like 20 museums that don’t charge. And you’re supposed to be the cultured folk.

3. Ours is a real rivalry

avoid-the-old-firm Like the Bloods and the Crips, Celtic vs Rangers, is made of fearsome stuff.

4. Overindulgence

GlasgowEdinburghThe last two things you built cost £1.19 billion pounds. (Parliament and Tram).

For £875 million pounds we put on a mini Olympics (Commonwealth Games £575m) and are upgrading our Underground to be driverless by the year 2020 (£300m).

5. We like to make people laugh

FrankieBillyKevinFrankie Boyle, Billy Connolly, Kevin Bridges.

6. Dr Who is a Glaswegian

Dr WhoCurrent Dr Who, Peter Capaldi, is originally from Possil, went to school in Glasgow and qualified from the Glasgow School Of Art.

7. Our university has class

Glasgow UniversityGlasgow Uni is the fourth oldest in western world, has 100 listed buildings and is in the top 1% of world’s greatest universities.

8. Glasgow is Scotland’s only Unesco City of Music

UnescoCityofmusicKing Tuts, SSE Hydro (world’s second busiest venue), Barrowlands, 02 Academy etc etc, plus we discovered Oasis.

9. Our monuments love to party

Duke of WellingtonThe Duke of Wellington – and sometimes his horse – love to wear their party hats.

10. We’re so stylish, the city centre is called the style mile


Yup, the greatest shopping experience outside of London.

11. Better nights out in Glasgow


700+ bars, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, Glasgow can guarantee a pretty amazing night out.

12. Taxis are affordable


In Glasgow there’s a good chance that your taxi fare will cost less than your entire night out, in Edinburgh your taxi is the night out.

13. Our railway works

trainsOur railway takes us in and around Glasgow, yours takes you immediately back out of Edinburgh. (Both have an irrational fear of leaves on the track though).

14. Charles Rennie Mackintosh (The original hipster)


Nuff said.