Glasgow Weekend

I was determined to get one last look at Scotland before I head south for my next adventure in Exeter. Glasgow is a big dirty city, but it has some shining highlights, mostly the older bits which I like. But despite missed trains, crummy weather, and being short on cash, it was a nice weekend away.

Half of the motivation in going to Glasgow was just to get out of the city into the  countryside of Scotland, so we took a coach tour to Stirling Castle, the Glengoyne Whisky Distillery, and other lovely places along the way. The strangest stop on our tour was to visit Scotland’s favorite Highland cow, Hamish. Apparently known for being extremely shy creatures, Hamish is the friendly exception, waiting to meet people at his road-side pen… Our tour guide had a lot to say about Scotland’s efforts at independence from the United Kingdom, and how he thinks his country would fare if they ever did become independent from the British Crown.

Our time in Glasgow was spent dodging the rain, and exploring the museums, parks, architecture and shops of the city center and West End. The Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery and the nearby Kelvingrove Park were a highlight, as was our visit to the Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed Willow Tea Rooms! We  enjoyed tea with milk, and cake slices in Glasgow style before getting ready to board our train back to Leicester. Super-quick weekend, but enjoyable all the same.

The view from Stirling Castle, looking towards the William Wallace Monument.

Stirling Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was crowned at six days old.

Hamish the Highland cow, looking fairly happy.

Inside the Glengoyne Distillery, where single malt whisky is made.

The Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery, seen from the park.

The scene inside the Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery.

One of the many vintage clothes shops in the West End. Kilts!

Afternoon tea at the Willow Tea Rooms. ‘I’ll have the Signature Tea, and a slice of Victoria Sponge, please.’


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