Glasgow is rough as fuck, Edinburgh hands down anytime. Glasgow is for hooligans and Edinburgh is the cultural city.
I see a trend emerging.
Those who have actually spent time in Glasgow see it as a warm and cultured place.
Those who haven't but still feel entitled to an opinion fall back on prejudice and cliche from pre-1990
Worth noting that at the height of the football hooligan sub culture, it was the Edinburgh teams that had hooligan "firms". The two Glasgow teams, who God knows have their own issues, by and large avoided organised hooliganism.
As someone who isn't Scottish, and has only ever visited rather than live there, my personal experience has been that people in Glascow generally seem more warm and friendly, while those in Edinburgh come across as less warm. More like what I'd find in a typical big city, whereas Glascow was markedly friendly.
Wow - I didn't mean to incite such a lively and heated debate between the pro-Edinburgh and pro-Glasgow camps when I started this thread!
It seems to me that BOTH cities are great in their own unique way - Edinburgh is more refined, cultured and touristy but more aloof (?) while Glasgow can be rough around the edges but is more fun and has friendlier folks (?).
As some of you have already mentioned, Edinburgh will probably suit me better so I think I'll start my Scottish adventure in Edinburgh. I am, however, intrigued by Glasgow (based on the info provided by some of you) so I'll definitely make several trips to Glasgow next year as soon as I settle down in Scotland.
I'll also check out Falkirk, as suggested by ICanBoogie, as it could mean I can have the best of both worlds.
Once again, thank you to everyone for sharing your thoughts and opinions with me. I'll PM some of you to get more info on both cities in the next week or two when I'll have more time to write.
I've only ever visited Edinburgh as a tourist (multiple times, usually in the winter) and even on my first visit wondered why on earth I had chosen to live in London instead.
Never been to Glasgow.
Some of the usual suspects talking absolute trash.
I’ve sent you a private message where I can introduce you to someone that’s living in Glasgow now.