scotland 2015 part ii | glasgow

This the second post in a series about my recent trip to Scotland. You can also read my previous post: Part I: Edinburgh.

Though Glasgow certainly didn't come recommended by many people who've spent time in Scotland, I couldn't help but be curious about the city. I'm always attracted to places that don't draw as much interest. When I was planning out the whole trip, my eye kept being caught by snippets about the city. Talk of its museums and galleries, top-notch shopping, impressive architectural range, and rising culinary scene (including some of the country's best Indian food) led me to insist Glasgow have a place in our itinerary. Yes, the city has historically had a tough reputation, but Glaswegians are also known to be some of Britain's friendliest people. Though it can be tough (even for fellow Scots) to decipher the Glaswegian accent, if you're up for the challenge you are promised great conversation. I am so glad we went! It was one of the neatest places I've been and I would highly recommend visiting.

For just a few pounds, we hopped on a bus from Edinburgh and arrived in the city in about an hour. After walking from the bus station through the city, we arrived at our guesthouse in Glasgow's west end, very close to the University of Glasgow, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and countless restaurants and pubs. We had a simple lunch at Mother India, which will live on in my mind as one of the best meals of the trip.

After exploring the Kelvingrove, we traversed our neighbourhood and stopped in at The Steamie for coffee and tea. We had seafood at Crabshakk for dinner and then walked through the University and nearby nightlife hotspots Ashton Lane and Dyer's Road. We took a bit of a whisky crawl and sampled drams at The Left Bank,  Duke's Bar and Big Slope.

The next day, we ventured down an alley off Argyle Street to have lunch at The Hidden Lane Tearoom, which was the most adorable spot.

Afterwards, we walked all the way over to the city's east end park, Glasgow Green. We visited the People's Palace Museum and Winter Garden, then headed back through the architecturally stunning Merchant City quarter to see the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art.

On the way back to our neighbourhood, we did some shopping with the crowds along Buchanan Street and stopped in for an afternoon charcuterie at the Wilson Street Pantry. For our final meal in the city, we chose Ox & Finch, which obliterated any stereotypes about the lack of fresh, healthy, and innovative cuisine in Scotland. If there's one thing we noticed on this trip, it was how much the country's dining scene has changed in the last decade.

The next morning, we picked up our rental car (sadly not the mint green dream pictured above) and hit the road. On our way out of Glasgow, we stopped at Doune Castle, which is less than an hour's drive to the north. It was a beautiful spot, and especially cool to see as it was the set of scenes from Monty Python, Outlander and the Game of Thrones pilot.

After that, we were on the road to Oban, where I will pick up the story in my next post!