Inside Princes Square looking at the pendulum

Last week in – Part 2 – of this three part series on Glasgow, I suggest what to do in the city.

I never got to the other side of the Clyde this time. I would have liked to see the Tall Ship, Armadillo building and take a Clyde River cruise. If you have time, you can move out from the centre city to Pollock Country Park where you can see Pollock House which is also free entry and filled with antique furniture, silverware and art.

The Burrel Collection nearby is a space show-casing over 8000 objects such as tapestries, stained glass and Chinese art which was donated by Sir William Burrel to Glasgow. Also situated there is House for an Art Lover which was built after Charles Rennie Mackintosh died and was his dream home. Glasgow has their ubiquitous black cabs if you can’t figure out the bus service or your feet need a rest from all the walking. Check the price first, I never, ever trust a cab driver.


And even further from the city you can take a tour out to Loch Lommond and The Trossachs to get a feel of the countryside. There are lots of walks and trails as well as other outdoor activities such as cycling, canoeing and many more. Glasgow is Gallic for “dear green place” and outside the city the countryside really is green and beautiful.

Princes Square

Do make sure you eat and drink local produce. Local ales and beers are made in micro-breweries and apart from interesting names they are made with love and care. I had – Profanity Ale – which is a local beer and I also tried a – Skull Splitter – from Orkney.

Tolbooth Steeple

The three vegetarian places I managed to visit were – Mono – Stereo – and – Saramago – which is a vegan cafe at the CCA. A beetroot pate at Mono cost £3.50, a Vietnamese salad was £7.50 and a large glass of red wine was £4.75. Tipping is not expected in the UK but rounding off the bill including some money is a welcome gesture.

I haven’t even touched the surafce of what to do and see. Live music venues such as King Tuts Wah wah Hut where Oasis were apprarently discovered or 13th Note in King Street where some acts with names such as – The Cosmic Dead – and – Undulating Gland – deserve a visit, if only to satify your curiousity. You might want to see some live drama at the theatre.

I could go back and back to Glasgow as I never seem to see the same things twice, and each time I return, a new section has been rebuilt which changes the city and it’s profile.

River Clyde looking east

Make sure you pack comfy shoes, an open mind and save some credit on your card for the shopping malls.
Here are some handy links for more info on Glasgow –

  • Scottish walks
  • Secret summer Glasgow
  • Wild walk Scotland
  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh society   
  • Scottish accommodation
  • Scottish Independent Hostels
  • Scottish Youth Hostels
  • Visit Scotland
  • Sweeneys cruises
Wall art

Go to – My Holidays and Trips – at the top of this page to read about other places we have visited. Or just click on – this link.

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