Glasgow is a city of artists and art galleries; of fisheries and seafood restaurants; of music and whiskey. On top of all this, its surroundings are some of the most beautiful in the world. There is an overwhelming amount of things to do in, and around, Scotland’s most fashionable city. Rent a car in Glasgow with easyCar and experience the best of Scotland’s urban and rural attractions, at your own pace.
Wander down Ashton Lane at Night
Skip across the cobbled street after sunset to experience late-night folk music alongside some fine Scottish whiskeys and delicacies. Rows of restaurants sit beneath a ceiling of fairy lights. Head to the Grosvenor Café, a bar-cum-cinema with a nice atmosphere on a weekday night or for the independent arts market on Sundays. The space is very child-friendly with face painting at the weekend. For a more refined experience, head to The Ubiquitous Chip to taste regional Scottish cuisine. With vines dripping down the inside-walls, the décor has a Mediterranean greenhouse feel.
Visit Glasgow’s on trend area, Finnieston
Once the area was a magnet for dockworkers, seeking out more salacious kinds of nocturnal entertainment. Now low rents have attracted an artsy crowd. Pop up bars and restaurants rub shoulders with independent shops on “The strip”. Pop into the Kelvingrove Café for a cocktail (there are virgin options available for the designated driver), it is the unofficial community hub of the area. Then explore The Hidden Lane, a collection of creative studios and artisan businesses. For a nice meal, head for the trendy The Gannet restaurant set in a sweeping, mahogany warehouse with floor to ceiling windows. Order the lamb from the Scottish borders. Or for something less pretentious, Old Salty’s has a great reputation for fish and chips.
Take a cruise of the River Clyde.
The river is central to Glasgow’s existence and it is Scotland’s second biggest. Trace its history back to its shipbuilding days, when it was an artery of trade. A 90 minute tour on the Clyde with Clyde Cruises gives you a unique perspective of the city; its bridges and its waterfront architecture in particular. Glide past the glass cube that is the BBC Scotland building and hop off at The River Museum, designed by world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid and sculpted like a jagged wave. The exhibitions are focused on transport; great if you want to see some of the world’s finest cars.
Take a day trip to Glen Coe
Just over 2 hour drive away from central Glasgow, you will find the remains of an ancient super volcano which is thought to have erupted 420 million years ago. Glen Coe is a glen of volcanic origins, set in the breath-taking landscape of the Scottish Highlands. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the UK. The green, craggy mounds form a U-shape, moulded by an ice age glacier. Head north west to discover Loch Leven as it shimmers beneath cold, clear skies – flanked by rolling hills. Join the 85,000 walkers who come each year to walk the West Highland Way or climb the Devil’s Staircase. Have some food at the Clachaig Inn in Glencoe village before driving back to Glasgow.
Indulge in Scottish seafood.
Fish is one of Scotland’s culinary highlights. It’s no real surprise with the country’s miles of rugged coastline and its endless network of rivers. Traditional smokehouses litter the landscape. Curious to see where your smoked salmon comes from? Organise a visit to the Inverawe smokery and fishery, where you can feed the fish, visit the trout lochs or the Salmon River. If you like your fish ready to eat, stick to Glasgow itself where you can find plenty of top class seafood restaurants. The Mussel Inn offers the city’s best mussels and a delicious range of sauces for good prices. At the Fish People Café you can get anything from Cullen skink to Shetland cod and Loch Fyne smoked salmon. Feeling inspired to make your own? Pop into the fishmongers next door. For a younger, hipper vibe try the Crabshack which is a refreshing addition to the traditional scene of Scottish fish restaurants. Here you’ll find a great selection with a modern twist.
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