How to Get There
I flew direct from Dublin but you can fly from Cork also.
What to See
There is plenty to see! My sister is studying at the Glasgow School of Art so this was the first port of call. I got the visit their studios which was cool – lots of creative people beavering away. When work was done we spent our first afternoon in the college Old Vic bar, where they served lots of local beers and ciders. Unfortunately I can’t remember the names of any so you’ll have to go there yourself to check it out :p
The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Center for Design and Architecture is meant to be well worth a visit but unfortunately by the time we got there it was closing. To console ourselves we popped into the cocktail bar, Soba’s just adjacent 🙂 A bit pricey at 8-10 pounds a cocktail but a nice spot none the less.
One of Glasgow’s claims to fame is that it’s home to many buildings designed by architect Rennie Mackintosh. In fact the Glasgow School of Art was located in one of his most famous buildings until a fire broke out in May 2014. At the moment it’s undergoing restoration. We visited the Scotland Street School Museum which he designed between 1903 – 1906. It was a bit spooky as at the moment as it is no longer being used as a school, but has been preserved in the Victorian Period style, with all the desks, school uniforms hanging etc. There is also a recording of children’s voices playing constantly which makes you feel like you are in a building full of ghosts!
If the weather’s fine and you want some fresh air then Kelvingrove Park is nice for a walk. Kelvingrove Museum is located within the park, a very impressive building inside and out.
There is street art everywhere in Glasgow as you can see from the photos I share. I love street art and how it can turn something ugly or nondescript, like a bleak high rise into art/entertainment for the public.
Where to Eat
We ate in the Ubiquitous Chip on Ashton Lane, a Glasgow “institution” according to a friend and well worth the trip! The food was fantastic, great service and with live music in the form of a double bass duo what more could you ask for?
Where to Stay
I stayed with my sister but when we go back in June with family we are planning on renting a small apartment via AirBnB
Where to Shop
Buchanan street, the main shopping street is beautiful and easy to get to by foot from the Glasgow School of Art or by Subway. Apparently rent per squared meter on this street is some of the highest in the UK, something I was surprised by after learning that more than half of the 100 most deprived areas in Scotland are in Glasgow. Hurrah for inequality…