Glasgow Trip: In Search of Whisky on a Rainy Day
Updated: Apr 11
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I've lived in the UK for nearly 8 years now and I've only managed to get to Glasgow recently. It took me way longer than it should have because life sometimes just gets in the way of your happiness like that. I didn't go there with a specific goal in mind, I didn't want to go to all the touristy places, all I wanted was to have a relaxing weekend in Glasgow (away from my hectic life at the time) while having a glass of whisky, or two...or five.
I arrived there early in the morning after a longish train journey (worth it). I found my way to the hotel and started looking for things to do, places to visit and good places to eat. I got very lucky and booked the only slot for the Chocolate and Whisky tour available at the Clydeside Distillery. I booked it so now I had an hour and 15 minutes to get there so I quickly unpacked and pretty much ran to it, since you have to be there a few minutes in advance. The tour takes about an hour and a half, and not only do you find out a great amount about the history of whisky and how it is produced but at the end of it you get to taste 5 different types of Whisky paired up perfectly (for me) with locally crafted artisan chocolate. Glasgow was looking fantastic.
I try to visit at least one museum in whichever city I go to so the next day I decided to go to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. There's a lot to see and a lot of wondering around to do so if you go there, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to have a little snack as well. There's a lot of information to take in and a lot of walking to do so do take a break every once in a while. I was lucky again and happened to be there when the 'Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing' Exhibition was on. Also, as I was leaving I noticed an Organ Concert was about to take place, so why not stay a little longer?
The Pot Still is what dreams are made of (for me at least). It's a Whisky bar and it has over 700 Whiskies available. I tried their veggie haggis and I did not regret it. I wish I had more time (and money obviously) to spend there. I tried a few drams of whiskies I was curious about but wouldn't necessarily buy a bottle of as well as my all time favorite whiskies (The Macallan - no doubt there). The prices are very good considering you have a chance to try some you can't find that easily. If there's one place that pops in my mind every time I think about Glasgow it's definitely this one.
I still had a bit of time before I had to go back home so I paid a little visit to the oldest building in the city – Glasgow Cathedral. Gothic architecture is impressive and this one is a very imposing building. If you visit the Necropolis as well (a Victorian Cemetery next to it) you'll have a better view of the Cathedral, plus more to explore.
There is so much more I wanted to do and see in Glasgow but it will all have to wait until next time. Hopefully soon and hopefully next time I'll have better weather for a few hours (I know, wishful thinking).
If you don't have too much time to research and plan in advance what exactly you want to see while there, there is the option of a Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour.The bus tour gives you unlimited travel for either one day or two between 10 am and 4 pm, Monday to Friday, and if you think you might be interested in the attractions on its route you can just hop-off, explore some more, then get back on the bus and continue sightseeing.
I found wonderful places, met nice people and had glorious drinks in Glasgow. For the short time I spent there, it was exactly what I needed and exactly (if not more) what I expected.
I hope life is treating you well. Take care