We only had three days in Glasgow all up and it bucketed with rain for two of them, but I will definitely go back and see more of the town because I don’t feel like we saw enough.
Aside from the rain, the we didn’t see as much as we might have because I suffering from map and timetable fatigue! When the concierge at our hotel said the hop-on/hop-off bus was generally raved about, my brain went “yay, I let someone else do the navigating”.
So we got a 2 day ticket for the bus (one pound extra for the second day!) and Saturday we stayed on it for the whole circuit, looking out at the city through the rain speckled windows.
At the start of the route in George Square, we snagged a seat in the front windows up top. Good view of the open-top bus in front of us!
The bus hits the main sights and there is commentary along the way, but as a photo-junkie, it also allowed me to plan my photos of on day two if the sun came out.
Duke of Wellington statue (complete with his traffic cone) outside the Gallery of Modern Art
The building in the photo above was built as a townhouse (yes a house!) for tobacco baron William Cunningham, which gives you an idea of how rich they got.
Glenlee otherwise known as The Tall Ship lives beside the Riverside Museum on the Clyde. I love how rain blurred this photo is!
Saturday finished with the rain lifting so we could go for a wander and it was the start of two themes; police boxes and giraffes.
Glasgow police boxes were red, not Tardis blue! Love that this one is now a hemp dispensary though.
A meal at Giraffe set me on a mission to collect their plastic drink stirrers. Three of them are now enjoying life in Australia. Pictured here is Angus.
We’d had dinner at a great Thai restaurant on the Friday night, just after we’d come in on the train from Oban, so our Saturday night wander included looking for something just as tasty. We stumbled on Giraffe and had no idea it was a restaurant chain, but they had a wonderfully eclectic ‘world cuisine’ menu including South East Asian dishes that went down a treat.
On our walk we also found a Glasgow police box that is still red and it was a bonus of taking the bus that it took me past/to all the other (blue) ones in the city!! I swear I had the Dr Who theme music in my head the whole weekend.
The rain encouraged us to bum around the hotel a bit and that led to discovering that drycleaning a kilt is expensive!