Pots of Gin, And Other Glasgow Treats…
If you’re into sightseeing, Glasgow is stunning – gorgeous Gothic architecture and so many landmarks. George Square (which features in the film World War Z) hosts a variety of different events depending on the time of year you visit (Christmas Markets, Food Fairs etc.). For art lovers, the Gallery of Modern Art is right around the corner from there, and a trip to Glasgow School of Art is also well worth the visit too – even just to see the building, which was designed by Rennie Mackintosh.
Just outside of Central Glasgow is the cultural West End. This area of Glasgow is packed with boutique restaurants, cafes, and a huge choice of Vintage/Bohemian style shops. For the shopaholics out there, you can’t beat Glasgow for its choice and number of shops. There’s a reason why Buchanan Street has been renamed the ‘Style Mile’ (that’s right…a whole mile of just shops!!).
If you’re exhausted after all the sight-seeing and shopping, take a breather in one of the many Tea Rooms in the area. Afternoon Tea or High Tea is a must in Glasgow, however there is usually more prosecco than tea consumed!
If you still have the energy, the nightlife in the city is amazing. There is a wide variety of dining options for all the fussy or eclectic foodies out there, however if you want something traditionally Scottish, ‘Café Gandolfi’ in Merchant City is a must (anyone for some haggis?).
For drinks, there’s the popular Ashton Lane in the West End; Merchant City; Finnieston or the many bars in the centre of the city. I highly recommend heading to Gin 71 in the centre of Glasgow, a specialist gin bar where the teapots aren’t used for tea!
If you do decide to head across the water to Scotland for the weekend, my advice is to bring some warm clothes and some flat shoes…and if you need a translator, let me know! Those Weegies can be difficult to understand at times.
Christine is a HR Officer in Ryanair’s Personnel Department.