An insider’s guide to Glasgow

20th December 2016

Glasgow City Centre

Guest Blogger

The Girl in the Tartan Scarf is a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog by Glasgow girl Chantelle, who serves us weekly posts on her daily life, current beauty & fashion must-haves, as well as videos she uploads to her YouTube channel. As a Glasgow girl, she likes to think she’s got you covered with all the best things to do in and around the city.

The perfect weekend in Glasgow

Glasgow is an amazing city to visit all year round, and with trains from London Euston to Glasgow Central every 40 minutes at £30 one way, there has never been a better excuse to come visit.

Shopping

With a mixture of both high street and designer stores, you can't visit Glasgow and not indulge in a little bit of retail therapy. For the best of both worlds start off in Buchanan Street, just a stone’s throw away from George Square in the heart of the city centre. For a light lunch and maybe some cocktails, head to Princes Square. It's beautiful in there and perfect for both day and evening visits. Beauty lovers, be sure to check out Space NK whilst you're there! All the best bits for shopping are so close to each other, so once you've fuelled up in Princes Square, head upwards to Sauchiehall Street or down to Argyle Street for all of the best high street stores. If designer is more your thing, head along to Merchant City. Filled with loads of bustling bars and pavement cafes you'll also find The Italian Centre, with independent boutiques and designer brands including Emporio Armani and Versace.

Glasgow City Centre

Enjoy the outdoors

You don't have to travel far to enjoy some of Glasgow's beautiful parks. My favourites have to be The Botanic Gardens and Kelvingrove. Catch a ride on Glasgow's subway starting at Buchanan Street station and hop off at Hillhead, which is only a short ride from Glasgow's city centre. Both parks are within walking distance of each other of around 20 mins so start at the Botanic Gardens and then work your way down to Kelvingrove.

Make sure you stop off at Ashton Lane too; just next to Hillhead station for some lovely bars and restaurants if you're feeling peckish. In a hidden alley with fairy lights, cobbled paths and beer gardens it's the perfect place for a pit stop. It's also great for a night out! On Byres Road you'll also find a range of independent boutiques and lots of vintage shops which are definitely worth a visit!

A Culture Stop

Harry Potter fans, listen up! On your way to Kelvingrove Park, stop by the University of Glasgow. Even although the Harry Potter films were not filmed in Glasgow, you'll imagine you've stepped on set and are walking through Hogwarts. With over 550 years of history and 100 listed buildings, even non Harry Potter fans will appreciate how magical the University of Glasgow campus is!

Onwards from the University of Glasgow, head to Kelvingrove park. Take a stroll through the park and you'll come across Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery - another beautiful building packed with treasures. Housed here is a magnificent organ, which was brought to the gallery in 1902. Daily organ recitals take place at 1pm Monday to Friday and at 3pm on Sundays so make sure you stop by to catch a free performance! If you'd like a tour, stop by on a Friday and join the organist after the recital.

Glasgow University

A Foodie's Paradise

You won’t go hungry in Glasgow with an abundance of fantastic restaurants but if you'd really like to sample some of the best Scottish dining head along to The Gannet. Situated in the West End of Glasgow in the Finnieston area. The Gannet is an AA Rosette award winning independent bar and restaurant and a real gem.  Here you'll get a taste of some of the best of Scottish food with locally sourced produce. If you're staying in Glasgow over the weekend, it's a worth a visit on a Sunday afternoon - the champagne lunch is fantastic value and who doesn't like bubbles with their lunch?!

Beef fillet in Glasgow restaurant

Glasgow’s Music Scene

Lastly, Glasgow’s legendary music scene has to be given a mention. With over 130 music events taking place within the city each week, you’re sure to find a good gig! For a small, intimate gig King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut is the place to go. With a maximum capacity for 300 people, you’ll be able to get up close and personal with the musicians. In fact, you might even bump into a familiar face at the bar, as this is where Noel Gallagher stops by whenever he’s visiting the city. King Tut’s is actually the place Oasis were signed in 1993. It’s also the place where big name acts including Snow Patrol, Florence & the Machine and Biffy Clyro played before they made it big, so it’s definitely worth a visit.

Feeling inspired? Book your trip to Glasgow and discover all that the city has to offer.

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