Towering buildings, fascinating stories from an industrial past, and fabulous music and food scene are part of Glasgow’s energetic atmosphere. Being a true cultural capital, trips to Glasgow are always worth it, but the latter part of the year is an especially recommended time to visit the city. Here are seven great reasons why we should see Scotland’s largest city before the end of the year.
#1. See the city filled with life and color
Fall may be short-lived, but it’s the time of year when Glasgow’s public spaces are filled with reds, golds, yellows, and ruby hues, making us wish the season lasted longer. We recommend strolling Kelvingrove Park’s paths and looking at the statues that dot the park before walking among some of the impressive University of Glasgow buildings in the West End neighborhood. The Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery is worth visiting to discover masterpieces from Monet to Van Gogh, organ recitals, and designs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
#2. Start the day with a good coffee
Glasgow is a city that pays homage to coffee, with a multitude of fabulous cafes where you can take shelter and watch life go by. The town has its own coffee festival – the first festival to ban disposable coffee cups. We recommend Dear Green Coffee Roasters in the East End to warm up with delicious coffee roasted by real experts and learn how to make the perfect espresso in one of their weekly classes.
#3. Discover that coffee is not the only thing that is made
In Glasgow, it is also worth having a couple of beers. If we sign up for a guided tour of Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery, we’ll learn all about Scotland’s most beloved pint of lager and understand why this beer has been such an important part of Scottish culture for generations. The gift shop has a fascinating selection of products for all the beer lovers we meet. It will also be possible for us to have a drink, so what are we waiting for?
#4. Get on the boat to the Isle of Bute
It may not be obvious, but we are barely an hour and 45 minutes from an incredible Scottish island in Glasgow. Just take the train to Wemyss Bay from Glasgow Central and then board the Calmac ferry to the Isle of Bute, where we can spend the day discovering Rothesay, the largest town on the island. The Bute Museum will introduce us to the island’s history and admire the 13th century Rothesay Castle.
#5. Attend an A Play, A Pie & A Pint at noon
At the end of Byres Road, in the West End, formerly the Kelvinside Parish Church, is ÒranMór, whose name in Gaelic means excellent melody of life or a great song. From Monday to Saturday, we can have lunch attending an A Play, A Pie & A Pint, a thriving theater program. There is also live music, murals painted by local artist Alasdair Gray, and two bars serving a select variety of whiskeys and cocktails.
#6. Try some vegan delicacies
Known as one of the UK’s trendiest vegan cities, Glasgow has plenty of delicious vegan and vegetarian restaurants to choose from. In the trendy neighborhood of Finnieston, we find the 78, in Argyle Street, a charming place to have a snack with vintage-style sofas and a cozy fireplace to warm up. We recommend trying the comforting bowl of jackfruit shawarma or a vegan burrito, as well as a good selection of vegan beers.
#7. Ceilidhs rejoice the soul
The days get shorter and shorter. A visit to Glasgow’s oldest pub, Sloan’s Bar, we will liven up the night with dancing and joy inside a beautifully restored building of high architectural interest, which began as a cafeteria back in 1797. Joining a céilidh is always a festive way to spend the evening (in the traditional Scottish style), but another good idea is to sit down and watch a classic movie at the Grand Ballroom movie nights.