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Touring Glasgow

Touring Glasgow

When the offer to go touring Glasgow landed in my inbox I nearly jumped out of my chair at work and gave myself a Hi 5. You see originally I’d intended to split my two year working holiday visa between Scotland and England. Alas plans changed so much that after 18 months abroad this was my first foray into the northern country.

Armed with a train ticket provided by Red Spotted Hanky, accommodation with thanks to Thistle Hotel Glasgow and three of my best travel blogging buddies from London the scene was set for an epic weekend sampling the Scottish lifestyle.

Touring Glasgow Thistle Glasgow

Many would argue that I should have visited Edinburgh for my first trip north, but to honest that’s almost to cliché as everybody says to go there (no offence Edinburgh). To me Glasgow doesn’t have that look at me feel like its neighbour, its more like a mate who’s always there to have a beer with you when you need it no matter your mood.

Still there are plenty of attractions for everyone to see, but again there is no attitude like you have with Paris and its plethora of famous landmarks. The grand old Glasgow Cathedral which at one point actually served as three churches stands its ground looking like it might have gone 3 rounds in a backyard fight and been dragged through the mud for added grittiness.

Touring Glasgow Cathedral
Touring Glasgow Inside Cathedral

While on the other side of town you will find the Transport Museum saddled up next the River Clyde. If only that river could talk I’d imagine the stories it would tell of the great shipbuilding era would be some for the record books. After all, the city was such a leader in the heavy engineering industry for so long and it all happened right on that river.

As for the Transport Museum, well it’s like a boys toy store. With cars, motorbikes and trains stacked up the walls as high as the ceiling. I’ve long had a love for anything with a motor so any chance to swan around them and pretend I know more than I really do (in typical guy fashion) is always a hit.

Touring Glasgow Transport Museum

The only tourist attraction I’d advise you to possibly hold off taking is the sightseeing bus, unless of course you’re a wooly mammoth because OMG does it get chilly sitting on a bus with no roof in Scotland. I’ve never ridden one of these bus’s before and while it’s a great way to see the city and snap a few photos, you’d want to be there in the middle of summer so as not to punish yourself like we did.

Luckily Glasgow has some of the most relaxed and on point pubs I’ve had the chance to visit in a while so had ample time to warm up. I won’t go into too much detail as Justin has captured my thoughts exactly over on his 48 Hour’s in Glasgow post. Just take it from this beer swilling Australian, you won’t struggle to find a pub with character.

My big takeaway from my stay in Glasgow was just how nice the people were to you. Be it entering or leaving a shop the person behind the counter always had a pleasant greeting for you. The Chef staff at our hotel on both mornings also made time to greet some of the guests during breakfast (which I have to say was what I’d call a proper full breakfast) and even people in the street felt genuinely friendly.

It didn’t matter that the weather was of the less than fantastic scale. The city just made me feel like it was a great old mate and while you have your ups and downs a good time is always guaranteed to provide a fun time.

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12 Responses to Touring Glasgow

  1. STEPHANIE - THE TRAVEL CHICA December 23, 2011 at 12:32 PM #

    I would love to check out the pubs in Glasgow.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 23, 2011 at 9:38 PM #

      Stephanie the pubs were a lot of fun. There was even such a distinct difference between each one we entered as well. I’d go back if only to enjoy a few more pints in them.

  2. KATE December 24, 2011 at 12:12 AM #

    Looks awesome! In my brief encounter with the UK (12 days – which included a wedding in Liverpool, tramping London for 2.5 days, a night in Limoges, France to see MUSE, a day trip to northern Wales and 6 hours in Dublin), I didn’t manage to squeeze in Scotland, though I had looked at trying to. Whilst I’d like to see Edinburgh, I’m equally as curious about Glasgow – so thank you for posting this! Definitely on the agenda when I’m back!! :)

  3. JUSTIN MORRIS December 27, 2011 at 12:02 AM #

    Was a great trip mate, the transport museum was definitely a highlight.

  4. SANDRA IN SWEDEN January 4, 2012 at 8:19 AM #

    Looks like a wonderful trip. I’ve only been once to Scotland and your photos make me want to go back

  5. MARY MALAYSIA January 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM #

    Wow, awesome pictures. I was in Edinburgh for hogmanay in 2000 and it was not as beautiful as this.

  6. THEWORLDORBUST January 6, 2012 at 8:28 PM #

    That Cathedral is amazing!

  7. DAYLE January 9, 2012 at 4:54 PM #

    Woooooo! You’re seeing the UK! I’m very proud of you :)

  8. NOMADIC SAMUEL January 12, 2012 at 7:24 AM #

    I’ve yet to travel in Europe but Scotland would be high up on my list. It’s an incredible feeling when you get an email (like the one you described) that manifests into an exciting project or sponsorship opportunity.

  9. JEREMY February 10, 2012 at 11:30 PM #

    Great photos of the cathedral! Hope you had an awesome trip!

  10. LINDA February 28, 2012 at 7:57 AM #

    Scotland in summer on an open top bus? Best take your brolly then! Only joking (ish) Scotland is lovely whatever the weather, but I wouldn’t bank on the summer being bright and dry.

  11. MEGAN JONES March 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM #

    I lived in Glasgow for 6 months a few years ago and I think that you have captured the city well in this post. Yeah, it is a bit gritty, but everyone is so real and ready to lend a hand if you need one. Edinburgh is nice, but in my opinion, it feels so much more British than the rest of Scotland. Glasgow is unabashedly Scottish, and that is what I love about it. It is a take it as is is kind of city and you can expect everyone to just take you as you are. A perfect holiday destination if you ask me!

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