June 24, 2017
A weekend in Glasgow-where to go and what to do
In case you haven’t already seen my Youtube video sharing bits and bobs of my most recent trip to Glasgow, I hope this posts gives you a few ideas on what to do and where to go if you are planning a weekend trip to this vibrant city!
Not going to lie, even though I am back in Aberdeen my mind is still in Glasgow and editing these pictures has brought back all the exciting feelings I experience when I am in this city. I still stand by the belief that Glasgow is the ULTIMATE Scottish city to live. It’s lively and beautiful, it combines culture/history/food and traditions, and it has an airport that can take you pretty much anywhere. Even though I cannot think of a reason why someone would like to escape Glasgow…
As many people are planning their summer weekend getaways I had loads of requests on Instagram asking me about Glasgow so I hope this post will be useful to some of you. I hope you enjoy it!
First off… isn’t Glasgow not STUNNING? With it’s mixture of modern and historic 19th century buildings, beautiful streets and hundred of cafes and restaurants to have a nibble, it really is the most high-spirited Scottish city, no wonder why many believe this should be the capital of Scotland.
HOW TO GET TO GLASGOW::
There are daily, regular routes from Aberdeen to Glasgow with ScotRail, I have been using their services for many years now and had never had any issues.
WHERE TO STAY::
Ibis Styles, 74 Miller Street, G1 1DT
Our hotel, Ibis Styles was a modern, colourful place in the heart of the Merchant city. It is within walking distance from the Buchanan Street, the busiest street of the city and about a minute away from all the cool bars, the Gallery of Modern Art and George Square!
The room was spacious (you can see more on my video here) and the bed was so comfy that I couldn’t see the time to go back and get some nap after all the shopping I did.
The hotel bar has an interesting display of art and there is a comfy lounge where you can relax and have unlimited coffee, pastries and fruit from the bar.
WHERE TO INDULGE::
Cup Tea Rooms,4 Virginia Court, G1 1TN
If you have a sweet tooth, as I do, then the Cup Tea Rooms is a must! At first when you enter the place what strikes you is the design, adorable shabby chic with a touch of rustic. Then you pay a bit more attention to the display of cakes and cupcakes just in front the bar and you inevitably fall in love! The afternoon tea here is a combination of fresh out of the oven scones, beautiful butterfly cupcakes and full filling sandwiches.
The absolute delight of our tea? The China Rose delicate tea and the cokctails tea that are served in the prettiest tea set!
WHERE TO EAT::
Paesano Pizza, 94 Miller Street, G1 1DT
There is a popular pizza place on Miller Street, Paesano Pizza that attracts masses of people daily. It is situated next door to the Ibis Styles hotel and at first I was amazed to see how many people where queuing outside to get a table! Here you will be served wood-fired, artisan pizza made with the authentic Napoletana recipe. The pizza dough is a hybrid yeast and sourdough proofed for 48 hours before getting in a 500 degrees traditional oven to create a light crust. I ordered the pizza No.3 (without the anchovies plus mushrooms) that had tomato sugo with capers, olives, mozzarella, garlic and extra olive oil. It was delicious and even typing this I salivate on the thought!
We also shared a few starters, pickled onions, de-li-ci-ous artichokes with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh cheese. YUM!
WHERE TO DRINK::
SOHO Bar, 84 Miller Street, G1 1DT
Not going further away from Ibis Styles just on 84 Miller Street is a nice bar with pleasant interiors and friendly stuff where you can enjoy a drink or two just. I had the peach bellini which was delicious but a bit strong for my taste. The music is cheerful and the lights by the window certainly steal everyone’s attention. Quite popular among the Glaswegians this is a great place to start your Friday night!
WHAT TO SEE::
My, oh my, in all honesty there are so many sightseeing stuff to do in Glasgow I don’t even know where to begin! After exploring the Buchanan Street and the Merchant City I think it’s best if you head west to the University of Aberdeen area. You can take the tube but I love walking so it took me around 20′ to get from one place to another. Here you can walk through the Kelvingrove park, visit the Kelvingrove museum and art gallery, have a bit at Peckham’s on Byres Road before heading towards the University. The campus is so stunning that I would definitely recommend you allow yourself at least two hours to wander around and visit the museum. Don’t forget to go on the back side of the University where you can see the entire city expanding on your feet!
-Layer up. The weather is a bit unexpected so make sure to have a scarf with you in case you need to warm up.
-Have a beer at the Ashton Lane. It’s a small cobbled street by the University with a cute environment. There’s also a cinema if you fancy a movie!
-Get the city sightseeing bus tour. It takes almost and hour and twenty minutes and it takes you through the most central locations where you can hop on and off at any point.
-Walk as much as you can. Glasgow is easy to walk and explore around and it’s the best way to get to know the city.
-Buy a metro card, it’s the only way to go around. You can find automatic machines in every station.
And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed it and please let me know if you have any more questions.
For further information on booking your trip to Glasgow visit www.peoplemakeglasgow.com
To book a stay at ibis Styles Glasgow, please visit http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-9684-ibis-styles-glasgow-centre-george-square/index.shtml or call 0141 428 3400
*Pictures taken by me and Helen from Electric Sunrise. I was a guest of PeopleMakeGlasgow during this trip and all food and accommodation provided was complimentary, but all views expressed are my own. Thanks for reading!