My travel style is typically go, go, go and to see as much as I can squeeze in, my husband on the other hand prefers a more relaxed trip. I am the travel fanatic and trip planner in this relationship and for this trip, I tried to strike more of a balance when planning.
This trip to Scotland was planned at two weeks and that is nowhere near enough time to see everything, especially with adding in some slower paced days. I decided to take the approach that this would be just the first of many trips to Scotland, where we have friends and also access to a nonstop flight from our home airport, which takes the pain and hassle of connections out of the equation.
The area I chose to take at the most relaxed pace was Glasgow, it is where our friends live and where the above mentioned nonstop flight arrives into, so it is a city we will definitely be returning to. We also had the most days there, because not only were our first three days there, we would spend an additional two nights in between our visit to Edinburgh and striking out into the Highlands. Our final night’s stay before returning home was also Glasgow.
So, with that said, our second day in Glasgow got off to a leisurely start. We slept in a bit and had complimentary breakfast in the club lounge, that was a perk with our really comfortable suite at the Crowne Plaza. Our friends then picked us up for a morning of shopping in the city center with us girls browsing Fraser’s and other department stores as well as popping in to check out the gorgeous city chambers. The guys headed off on their own to hit some gaming shops. After that we all met up for lunch at a funky, American themed chicken joint called the Absurd Bird, which had surprisingly good buffalo chicken. I enjoyed my morning in the city center and it proved to be very pedestrian friendly with traffic mostly orderly and calm and with very few bicyclists to look out for.
We let the guys go back and relax at our friends’ flat in the west end and us ladies went to the Kelvingrove museum. What a great way to spend a rainy afternoon, while it isn’t a museum as overwhelmingly large as the Met, they do have a nice mix of art and history to browse and it is definitely worth a visit.
The highlight of this day was it’s ending, it was having my first proper Scottish meal, when us girls went for dinner at Bothy. I tried the cullen skink (a Scottish seafood chowder,) beef cheek and ale pie and sticky toffee pudding. The food was all served up by waiters in kilts, it was stereotypical Scotland but not in a touristy way, it was very upmarket and the food was top notch, it ended up ranking in my top 3 meals of the trip. The meal was amazing, beginning to end and the night was not quite over yet…. we decided to do a very Glaswegian thing and stop into a pub on our walk back to the flat. We had a drink and made a new friend (gotta love the friendliness of the Scots,) it was great ending to a relaxing day in Glasgow.