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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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