Postcard from Glasgow: My Scottish metropolis break in 8 pics

Amy Mulvaney, a journalist from Dublin, shares her favourite spots from a latest journey to the Scottish metropolis of Glasgow.

I visited Glasgow for a weekend in mid-October with my boyfriend and pals, arriving on Friday afternoon and returning residence on Sunday night time. A flying go to, certain, however by the top of our three days there, I used to be impressed with how a lot we did — whereas additionally making a psychological notice of the issues I’d wish to see and do on our subsequent journey to Scotland.

In October, town wasn’t overwhelmingly busy. The droves of Christmas buyers had not but hit the streets, leaving the common buzz of Glaswegians and off-peak vacationers to ebb and stream. On our first day, I used to be struck by the nice choice of retailers, cafes, eating places, and bars that we got here throughout inside a brief stroll. There have been giant chains and small companies intertwined all through town and I needed to cease myself greater than as soon as from wanting on Google Maps to see what different fascinating locations awaited me subsequent.

The group I used to be touring with made no advance plan for the way we’d spend the weekend, however we discovered that Glasgow had no bother presenting us with loads of enjoyable issues to do. 

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A black pudding breakfast in Glasgow
Breakfast in Sorriso Cafe

I often begin the day in Glasgow with… 

A hearty breakfast in Sorriso Cafe. Situated on a quiet street amongst redbrick buildings, it felt like we’d ventured off the overwhelmed monitor and located a hidden gem, regardless of being lower than 5 minutes from the middle of town. After being seated beside a lovely flower wall, I instantly selected a dish from the menu that centered on the well-known Scottish black pudding, Stornoway, served on two potato rostis with poached eggs, crimson onion marmalade, and crispy pancetta (all for £10.75).

Whereas we had been ready for our meals, our espresso was served with a chunk of selfmade white chocolate and cranberry fudge on the facet. The decor and menu picks made it appear to be this was a luxe spot, however the comforting meals and pleasant workers make Sorriso a captivating and welcoming spot for breakfast or lunch. 

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The Piper Whisky Bar is a good spot to search out your good Scotch

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Whisky. With greater than 100 whisky distilleries in Scotland, you might say that there’s a whisky to swimsuit everybody’s tastes — even the self-proclaimed non-whisky drinkers like myself. On Sunday afternoon we headed to The Piper Whisky Bar on George Sq., a bar with dwell music that claims to inventory whisky from each distillery within the nation.

After telling the barman what sort of whisky we’d wish to strive (and our value vary) we had been introduced with two glasses of GlenAllachie 2006; a whisky with candy notes.

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The group let free in an amusement heart on a wet day

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Our journey to Glasgow was in the course of October so we had been ready for rain, wind, and chilly. Fortunately, town affords no scarcity of indoor actions. One of many latest spots is Level X in St Enoch Centre.

On the highest flooring of the buying heart, the leisure venue affords bowling, loopy golf, a VR zone, and arcade video games. It was simple to lose monitor of time right here as we tapped our wristbands to pay for video games as we went, whereas the inclusion of the bar was enormously appreciated after a heart-racing, zombie-killer VR expertise.

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The resort had views of Glasgow’s Central Station

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Motel One. After leaving the lodging resolution to the remainder of the group, I had no thought what to anticipate after we arrived at our resort. As soon as we walked into the foyer, nevertheless, every of us was pleasantly stunned by the trendy, trendy, and eclectic decor that awaited us. Proper within the heart of town, Motel One is situated proper beside Central Station — and we loved views of the historic prepare station from our room.

We selected the resort for its location, however the spotlight really turned out to be the implausible bar the place we simply loved a number of too many G&Ts after dinner on Saturday.

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Glasgow Botanic Gardens

In Glasgow, I bought off the overwhelmed monitor by…

Sunday known as for big coffees and many recent air, making Glasgow Botanic Gardens the proper spot to clear our heads. We headed away from town heart through a 10-minute taxi experience to the gardens (that are free to go to), the place the sight of a regal-looking glasshouse, known as the Kibble Palace, greeted us.

Though the gardens themselves weren’t in full bloom, strolling by the varied glasshouses all through the grounds was greater than sufficient to maintain us occupied on a breezy October morning. 

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Amy in her Glasgow-appropriate footwear

The one merchandise I like to recommend bringing to Glasgow is… 

Glasgow will get a variety of rain (about 170 days of rain per yr) so regardless of whenever you go to, you will want a pair of footwear that you just don’t thoughts stepping by puddles in.

I used to be glad to have introduced a pair of Dr. Martens that might face up to Glasgow’s uneven roads and will assist my ft keep dry and heat as we wandered round. I’ve the Pascal fashion, which does not require any breaking in — an essential considerationd for any metropolis break.

Pictures: Amy Mulvaney

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