Travel Club: Glasgow
Conoce la ciudad con más alma de Scotland de la mano de Jamie Wright!
A native of Glasgow.
The celtic language originating in Scotland now mainly spoken in the highlands and islands.
Following a twisting and turning path.
A scottish breed of cow with long ginger hair.
A glass of whisky.
A high-quality whisky coming from a single distillery.
Making good progress, likely to be succesful.
A scottish word meaning beautiful.
The early hours of the morning.
Lasting or existing for a long time.
By Jamie Wright
I lived for the majority of my life in Glasgow, growing up in the South Side and later going to the University of Glasgow to study in the West End of the city. It’s a city I know well and I love it for the people, the culture, the music, its parks and green spaces, even if the weather leaves a little to be desired! At first sight, Glasgow might not seem as pretty as its neighbour Edinburgh, but the native Glaswegians will swear it’s got more soul! It is among the UK’s greenest cities with one of the highest numbers of parks, it is the heart of Scotland’s music scene, has a great choice of places to eat and drink, and with plenty to see and do it is surely an unmissable destination as part of any trip to the country.
Scotland might be known for its rain, there’s a reason Glasgow means ‘dear green place’ in Gaelic, but if you’re lucky enough to have the sun shine you can take advantage of the city’s many gorgeous parks. Take a walk around Kelvingrove by the ancient University of Glasgow, where you will also find Kelvingrove Art Gallery with Dali’s Christ of Saint John on the Cross. Head south to the extensive Pollok Park to get lost between the winding forest trails and stately home, you may even see a highland cow or two!
Another great option is to take a trip up to the Necropolis on the hill by the cathedral, just 15 minutes East of the city centre’s Buchanan Street. It might seem like a bit of a morbid choice for an afternoon walk but its advantageous position along with the gothic architecture of the nearby Cathedral and Royal Hospital combine for atmospheric views. Go for a pint, or a dram, in the historic Òran Mór, a grand church in the middle of the West End converted into a bar and music venue. Its ceiling is decorated with a beautiful mural by Glaswegian artist and novelist Alasdair Gray, whose work can also be found in Hillhead Subway station and the Ubiquitous Chip restaurant.
Glasgow is also known for its impressive gastronomic scene, down in the Finnieston area of the West End you’ll find a wide array of restaurants, bars and pubs catering to tastes from around the world. You could go for a White Russian in Lebowski’s, taste some of Scotland’s finest single malts in The Ben Nevis or try out a modern take on Scottish cuisine in Argyle Street’s The Gannet. Glasgow’s longstanding South Asian community has also had a big influence on the food there, so if you are into something a bit spicier check out Mother India for a great curry. If you want to continue into the wee hours, head into the centre to experience Glasgow’s infamous nightlife and music scene. There’s something for all tastes in the city, with mega-venues like the Hydro, concert halls with history such as the Barrowland Ballroom, or smaller places to find up-and-coming bands like Stereo or Nice’n’Sleazy´s. Electronic music is also a big deal in the scottish city, with clubs like Sub Club winning worldwide fame.
After a long night of eating and drinking you’ll probably want to get out of the city to breath some fresh air and get a glimpse of Scotland’s beautiful landscapes, right? A great day trip is to take a cycle down the Forth and Clyde Canal, which takes you from the North West of Glasgow to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Don’t worry, if you aren’t feeling up for the hour and a half cycle, you can always take the train from Glasgow Central to Balloch!
Glasgow is a city that is sure to charm you, so make sure you include it in your next trip to Scotland!