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Visiting Glasgow? There’s an app for that

VisitScotland

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s award-winning Subway app, iShoogle, is playing a key role in guiding tourists around the Glasgow tourist trail.

At the newly-opened Visit Scotland tourist centre in SPT-owned premises on Buchanan Street, a bank of tablet devices loaded with the app are available to help visitors plan a tour of the city.

As well as information on what to see and do, the centre offers the vital information needed to access the city’s main attractions by using the excellent public transport network – and I’m glad to see iShoogle playing its part in this.”

SPT Chief Executive Gordon Maclennan

The app, which is available on iPhone and Android devices, features interactive maps of the Subway as well as timetables and information on the areas surrounding its 15 stations. Last week, it won the Silver award in the Best App category at the Ireland Samsung Digital Awards.

SPT Chief Executive Gordon Maclennan said:

“The iShoogle app is a great way to help visitors to Glasgow learn more about our city and find their way around. Since its launch last year it’s proved hugely popular, with more than 7,000 downloads to date.

“In just over 18 months, Glasgow will welcome a huge number of visitors from across the globe and I’m delighted that our app is part of the high-tech, high-quality information centre that will cater to their needs.

“As well as information on what to see and do, the centre offers the vital information needed to access the city’s main attractions by using the excellent public transport network – and I’m glad to see iShoogle playing its part in this.”

The Visit Scotland centre was opened yesterday by Commonwealth athlete Lee McConnell and Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing to celebrate National Tourism Week.

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said:

“Glasgow is a wonderful city and will be the perfect host for the Commonwealth Games, but we want to make sure visitors spend time discovering more about the city and indeed country when they have some time to spare between sporting fixtures.

“The interactive nature of the centre will inspire people to get out there and explore, whether it’s pulling on their walking boots to bag a Munro, or putting on their Sunday best for afternoon tea at the Willow Tea Rooms.”

The centre moved to 174 Buchanan Street after 16 years in George Square. In addition to the ‘tablet table’, the centre features free wi-fi, digital posters and a video wall, offering tourists interactive means to access information.