The UK, in general, has a bad reputation for their food. It's thought to be bland and boring, but I have found nothing of the sort to be true. Especially with new, young chef coming in with modern ideas. They are transforming classic, traditional dishes into meals bursting with exciting, new flavours. Scotland might be a small country, but its abundance of lakes, rivers, and fertile soils makes it the perfect place for incredible seafood, delicious meat and hearty vegetables. When the Scandinavians came to Scotland, they brought with them their love of salting and smoking food. When the French came, they brought with them a refined culture of cooking and a love of pastry. All this, along with the native people's local fruits and veg created the unique set of culinary combinations we get today in Scotland. Here are some of the meals you MUST try if travelling to Glasgow and where to find them!
The origins of Scottish whisky come from a drink once called “uisge beatha” which means “water of life”. The first whisky ever is known to have been produced back from 1494! From there, the distillation process has been refined over the years, but the taste and recipe remain much unchanged.
The Butterfly and the Pig is one of the best tea shops in Glasgow. The perfect place to unwind and relax, all the while sipping traditional Scottish teas and treats.
Buchanan Street is the main shopping thoroughfare in Glasgow. The Glaswegians were out in full force today. Soaking up every last bit of summer they would get! It was a day clear of rain, and you could tell everyone was the better for it!
The four of us decided on heading down to the Finnieston for dinner in the west end. The Finnieston is a chic cocktail bar and restaurant that specialises in locally-sourced seafood and bespoke beers.
One of the greatest things about the UK is their selection and passion surrounding beer. There is nothing more relaxing than grabbing a pint after a long day and kicking your feet up with some friends.
If there's one thing university students love, it's coffee and brunch. So, one a chilly morning upon our arrival in Glasgow, we headed out to the University District to eat and explore.
One of the museums I had been most looking forward to visiting in Glasgow, was the Kelvingrove. The Kelvingrove was designed by Sir John W. Simpson and E.J. Milner Allen and opened in 1901, as the Palace of Fine Arts. It was supposed to be for the Glasgow International Exhibition that was going on that year but after the exhibition, it continued here showing off some of the best Scottish and international artists around the world.
To visit some of Scotland hipest shops and restaurants, we headed off to Glasgow's infamous Ashton Lane. Ashton Lane is a cobblestone backstreet in the West end lined with bars, restaurants and even a cinema. All of these places are housed in the old, brick houses that have stood on this street for ages.
For our last meal in Glasgow, we went back to The Butterfly and the Pig. Yes, we could have gone somewhere new, tried something different, but truth is told, we loved it so much the first time we just couldn't resist going back and trying their brunch menu.
The museum art and artefacts from all the world’s major religions. They feature a Zen garden and a sculpture showing Islamic calligraphy…. These works not only from all over the world but also from all sorts of periods of time in history.
The Cathedral of St. Mungo was one of the sites I was the most excited to see when we planned our trip to visit Glasgow. Walking up to the church I was blown away by the size. It loomed before me; it’s thick black bricks etched onto the skyline. The Glasgow Cathedral is the best example of medieval architecture in Scotland to have survived mostly intact.
A Necropolis is a large, ancient cemetery. Usually, replete with tombs, monuments and mausoleums. The word necropolis means "city of the dead". The difference between a graveyard and a necropolis is that they‘re usually built far, outside the city instead of being constructed within in.