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Population: 580.690
Major roads: M8, M73, M74, M77, M80
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Hitchhiking out

You can go just on any road towards the main motorway with a sign, saying for example M74 and you might get a lift easily.


Direction Edinburgh

From the city center is not too hard to find a traffic light stopping cars just before they get on the M8. Showing a sign to cars stopped by the red light should work.


The highway M8 does run through the city of Glasgow and if one follows the way out of the Buchanan Bus Station , and then left on red light, past the university there one can see the road converging into the highway and could have been a good spot for hitch hiking but needs to be tried and tested.


Direction Stirling

Get a train to Stepps. Walk out of the station over the bridge and turn right (north west) along the A80, continue to the roundabout with the big grassy "pyramids" where the M80 joins the A80. Carefully cross the roundabout and stand on the A80 Stirling exit, a little way forward from the lay-by by the golf cub where cars (but not trucks) can pull in. It's not perfect, cars don't have much time to see you and stop, but it usually works for me.

If you are going further than Stirling, don't write Stirling on your sign. Hitching north from Stirling to Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen etc. is very difficult.


Direction Loch Lomond, West Scotland

Walk down the Great Western Road for about a mile, heading west from the motorway. About 10 minutes after passing the Glasgow Botanical Gardens, there's a BP petrol station on your left hand side. A lot of traffic from here will be heading out of the city and up the west of Scotland. Don't get here too late, though, because a lot of the traffic is constituted by tourists. You can also use the petrol station as a lay-by and stand at the junction with traffic lights about 30 meters down the road.

Or you can get a train from Glasgow Queen Street to Balloch (about 4 quid; it's easy to get there for free if you show willingness to pay, but only have a quid or two). Come out of the station and turn right up the A811 Lomond Road. You'll come to a roundabout that joins with the A82 - the main road heading north from here. Take a right at the roundabout and there's a lay-by a little way up on the the left hand side.

Direction South (England, Liverpool, London,Peebles / Galashiels)

Option 1

Get the bus 255 from the Buchanan bus station, and step off on Uddinston Road junction with Fallside Road just before Bothwell (next to a church). Walk down Fallside Rd. until you get to the motorway and Uddingston services, quite busy with traffic heading South. The bus takes about an hour, and the walk 20 minutes, so it might be better to take the train to Uddingston (15min) and then do the 35min walk from there to the services. It's best to hold a sign with the motorway number (AKA M74, M6) or to approach drivers and ask. Though being a very good option to get sure, fast and long distance lifts, be aware that the bus is very expensive! 4.75£, and difficult to blackride.

Option 2

It is also, according to local hitchhikers, quite possible to hitch south by walking down N. Hannover St from Buchanan Bus Station, turn left at Cahedral St and then left again at Stirling St and walk until you get to the lights just before the motorway onramp, bear in mind that people go all different directions from here, west , east, south etc, so a sign and taking any lift going to Uddingston/Hamilton (where there are service areas) but being aware of shorter lifts might be a good idea, also if you try this option do come back and update this article.

Will & Reed tried Option 2 in Oct. 2015 and had little luck. The bus lane is quite congested before the lights making it difficult to even see the cars as they make the turn.

Option 3

So this option requires some back-tracking, but it seems like your best bet! Take the Megabus/900 Bus to Edinburgh (very easy to Blackride {see below] or just a couple of pounds) and ask the driver to let you out at the Harthill Services (the bus will pull off regardless but may not stop if you don't tell the driver). From there, cross over the A1 on the bridge and wait at the service station.

Option 4

The fourth option, which I tried and which may work for you, although I had no luck after waiting for 2,5 hours is the parking lane and the parking facility directly in front of the sliproad to the M74 [1]. The place could be called ideal, as every traffic on your side of the road goes to the M74 in the right direction and there are often a lot of free spaces on the parking lane. If you walk down to the traffic lights, drivers can see you truning from both directions on to the M74. One of the most ideal places for hitchhiking I`ve ever tried.


For going to Galashiels or Peebles

One option proposed is to go to Edinburgh using the 900 Bus ( use megabus uk website for 5 pounds or lesser tickets to Edinburgh or see above) then in Ediburgh walk down to North Bridge take bus number 29 / Bus 49 to Eskbank, Tesco ( in Dalkeith ) { 1.5 pounds only } . Here go on A7 and hitch hike to Galashiels . On this route there are cars which also head to Peebles. Though it may seem a little longer, but its a faster and sure way to reach Galashiels or Peebles, which otherwise you may just be stuck on some country side road where people are just trying to reach to the next village and not going anywhere near your destination.

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