Exploring Scotland Solo: Glasgow

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Glasgow was the last stop on my first (solo) trip to Scotland: from Edinburgh and Stirling, I travelled to Inverness, Loch Ness, and from there to Eilean Donan Castle. I visited the Isle of Skye and via Fort William and Loch Lomond, I ended up in Glasgow. I didn’t know a lot about Glasgow, so started my time in Glasgow by wandering around, vaguely knowing where I wanted to go.

Days 13 and 14

On the morning of my first day in Glasgow, I started at the People’s palace, at the edge of one of Glasgow’s parks. It was early, so it was still closed, but I managed to take this picture of the palace with the Doulton fountain in front of it.

The People's Palace
The People’s Palace

Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis

I continued to the centre of Glasgow. After a while, I ended up at the Glasgow Cathedral, which was built from the 12th century onwards. In the lower church, Outlander was filmed, so make sure to visit if you’re a fan of the show! Next to the cathedral is St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art (which to be fair sounds like something from Harry Potter), a museum about religious art (of various religious). Although it was interesting to visit, I had expected more of it. Instead of the museum, I would rather recommend the necropolis behind the cathedral. The Glasgow Necropolis is a Victorian cemetery, modeled on the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris. Some fifty thousand people have been buried here. Take a stroll, admire the architecture and inspect the sculptures.

Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis
Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis

I had lunch and continued my exploration of the city. After a while, I stumbled upon George square where a bagpipe competition was taking place. To be honest, as a tourist this really warmed my heart. I listened for a while and admired the buildings surrounding the square.

George square
George square

More greenery and art

I got the impression that Glasgow is a very green city. I have encountered so many parks when I was exploring Glasgow! My next stop was the Kelvingrove Art Gallery which is situated in a very nice park. In the park, I also made friends with a squirrel (we don’t see these lovely animals so often in the Netherlands). When I finally got to Kelvingrove Art Gallery, I decided against visiting it immediately, but to save it for the next day, since it was already somewhere in the afternoon. Instead, I continued north to the University of Glasgow (see featured image). The university was stunning! I liked the University of Edinburgh, but I think the University of Glasgow is even prettier! I almost considered applying for my Master’s.. In the university, there was an exhibition about the Antonine Wall, small but worth visiting.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

I had done everything by foot this day in Glasgow and although I hesitated whether to take the bus back to the hostel or not, I decided against it and got ready to walk back to take as much of the city in as possible. I took a small detour to visit the Clyde Arc as well. From there, I could simply follow the river Clyde back to my hostel: Euro Hostel Glasgow. I heard several people from Glasgow speaking to each other and could barely understand it. They seemed to speak ‘more Scottish’ than the people in Edinburgh. Am I right or was this simply a coincidence?

The Clyde Arc
The Clyde Arc

Saying goodbye

Day 14 was my last day in Scotland. At the end of the day I had a flight to catch in Edinburgh. This meant that I would only have half a day left to explore the city. First, I went back to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, where I took a guided tour. After that, I didn’t have something specific in mind to do, so visited some shops and took a bus to the airport. It was time to say goodbye to Scotland.

Want to know more about my travels in Scotland? Check out this post.

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4 thoughts on “Exploring Scotland Solo: Glasgow

  1. I did a solo trip to Scotland about 3 years ago before I moved up here. I loved it so much! Glasgow is a great city, there are so many places to visit! The kelvingrove and the cathedral are both beautiful 🙂

  2. I’ve only been to Edinburgh–it looks like there are a lot of great things to see and do in Glasgow too, so I’m excited to visit someday!

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