Before Inverness and all those lovely day trips, was a 3 day weekend in Glasgow and I loved it. In a weird way, that was because it reminded me of home. Not sure why exactly, but a sun-drenched Sunday definitely contributed!
It was a perfect exploring day and we started with a bus ride to the riverside precinct where the Hydro (arena), the Armadillo (concert hall), the science museum and the transport museum all live on the Clyde river. The route to the Clyde took us through the city and it is a city with a fascinating history, some wonderful architecture and lots of stories.
It, of course, wouldn’t be a visit to Glasgow without seeing the statue of the Duke of Wellington, which has for many decades had a traffic cone on its head. Starting as a student prank, the authorities got sick of trying to stop people putting cones there and during the Commonwealth Games, even embraced it by giving him a gold one! Love it.
Glasgow is full of murals. Abstract ones, figurative ones and ones done for the Games in 2014. This one of St Mungo – patron saint of Glasgow as he might look in modern times – is possibly my favourite.
A part of regenerating the famous shipbuilding areas around the Clyde has been building things like the Armadillo (left) and the Hydro (right). I was a bit sad that so little of the industrial past is still there, but then again there is the Riverside Museum…
Because I love cars, trains and planes the museum was a total geek-out for me! It is full of not just vehicles but fashion, toys, guns and anything else you can think of relating to travel.
I love that this photo has a bit of everything the Riverside has to offer…
Road safety information for children – cute!
We then went to the Kelvingrove Museum to see an exhibition of DC Comics artist Frank Quitely, and to see Glasgow University and the Kelvingrove park.
The River Kelvin flows through the park giving Kelvingrove its name and everyone was out in the sun!
The Kelvingrove Museum contains an eclectic mix of old masters, natural history, fossils, special exhibitions like the one we saw and, yes, that’s a full sized spitfire!
After all this museum-ing, I finished the day with a trip to St Mungo’s Cathedral and the Necropolis that looks down over Glasgow. Sadly the cathedral was just closing for the day. I got there late because I’d had to stop by our hotel on the way to pick up a fresh battery for my camera! But the necropolis was wonderful.
View of the back of St Mungos Cathedral from the Necropolis
Looking down past some of the memorials on the Necropolis to the city you can see how high it is
By the end of the day clouds had rolled in and that was the end of our sunshine. The next day – Monday – it rained on us (lightly) as we carried our packs to Queen St for the train to Inverness.
Seen from the intercity train this has to be the cone of an old volcano, right?
This was the third of two fairly long train trips we did and so much of the scenery was just stunning. Lochs nestled at the feet of tall hills and mountains. Other than the sheer frequency of logging areas (which is partly to do with an attempt to reforest the country that went awry), it was pasture, fishing and wilderness much of the way.