During our trip to Europe in May of this year, we had the chance to make a quick stop in Glasgow on our way from Edinburgh to Dublin. After reading mixed reviews – many that said Glasgow is “just another metropolitan city” – we debated if it was worth spending any time there. I can tell you we had a fun time in Glasgow and I am glad we didn’t listen to those negative reviews.
The train ride from Edinburgh to Glasgow was pretty short. It was a quick walk from the train station to our Airbnb, which was right in the middle of all the action, with lots of bars and restaurants close by.
We only had one night to spend in Glasgow, and we lucked out with this being the best weather day we had during the whole trip. Due to the time crunch and beautiful weather, we decided to just walk around and see as much of the city as we could during our short time there.
First we made our way to the river area, which was very nice and had a long pedestrian walkway to stroll along and enjoy the weather and scenery.
There was an interesting statue entitled the “British Labour Monument” which is there to honor those who fought fascists in Spain.
After walking along the river, we noticed a lot of restaurants had tables and chairs set up outside, undoubtedly thanks to the sun. We decided to stop at Maggie May’s for a quick bite and this delicious alcoholic strawberry milkshake.
Drygate has a great outdoor seating area upstairs and the beers were delicious! I’d highly recommend stopping here if you’re into craft beer.
On the walk back to our Airbnb, we passed by the University of Glasgow and saw some beautiful churches as well.
We even saw a Doctor Who call box!
My only complaint about Glasgow is that by the time we were ready to eat dinner – I’d say it was maybe 8 or 9 p.m. – all of the restaurants near us were closed and none of the bars were serving food anymore. So we unfortunately had to settle for a quick dinner at Burger King. This was a disappointment to me as I always prefer to try the local food when possible.
After dinner, we spent a relaxing night at the Swing lounge – an underground bar with a speakeasy vibe. There were fantastic cocktails and some great live jazz musicians playing. This is a great stop for anyone who likes jazz music.
Overall, we had a lot of fun in Glasgow, and I’m glad we decided to stop there. I would definitely go back as I know we didn’t even see a fraction of what the city has to offer in the short time we were there.