Hundreds of enthusiastic Mac users greeted the opening of Apple's first Scottish retail store on Glasgow's Buchanan Street last weekend.

The first in the queue had been in position for 26-hours by the time the shop - Apple's tenth in the UK - opened for business.

Glasgow's local user group, GlasMug, also turned out in force for the opening - which also marked that group's achievement of Recognized User Group status from Apple.

IFO AppleStore's Gary Allen took an early queue position to confirm his place as the most widely-travelled Apple retail enthusiast.

According to one blogger, the crowd grew until the shop doors opened at 8.50am and Apple Store staff emerged to cheer and applaud the crowd. After a ten minute wait, shoppers were allowed inside the shop, passing through a welcoming throng of cheering Apple staff.

Italian Mac news website, SetteB.IT also attended the opening and has published video footage of filmed during the launch event, which has been made available through Google Video.

To celebrate the opening, Apple is hosting a month of free workshops, presentations and special events, including a series of live in-store concerts featuring some of Scotland’s most exciting new bands and artists, and a series of photography events featuring award-winning photographers Colin Prior and Brian Sweeney.

Mac user Debs interviewed Apple Retail International senior director Steve Cano during the event. Cano confirmed the company had been overwhelmed by applications for employment at the store, and also observed: "Is there a better street than Buchanan Street to have an Apple Store? Look at the beautiful building for a start."

Cano stressed the Apple's shops work to consolidate the Mac community, and also confirmed that 50 per cent of new Mac sales made inside a store are made to new Mac users.

The new £1m store will employ 59 people. The shop is laid out across two levels and equipped with an impressive spiral glass staircase and a tall, rough interior stone wall, designed to enhance both the store and the architectural beauty of the building itself.

News and images from the store opening even reached the Fake Steve Jobs blog.

A range of photo galleries containing images captured during the night before and the morning of the event.

Flickr Image collection.

SetteB.IT collection.