Welcome to Glasgow
Scotland with style
Ever tried a deep fried mars bar? Nope? Well that makes 2 of us. Although I’m sure they exist, I can honestly say I have never seen one or met someone who has actually eaten one, during all my years of cycling around Glasgow’s better known cultural highlights.
However, Glasgow is much more than just a centre of gastronomic excellence.
Its more recent triumphs include:-
Hosting the 3rd U.K. Garden Festival in 1988. The most successful of the 5 U.K. garden festivals.
Designated “UK City of Architecture and Design” 1999.
Being awarded the title of “European City of Culture” 1990. This really kick-started Glasgow’s cultural revival.
Host to the Commonwealth Games 2014.
Host to World Athletic Championships 2018.
If you’re looking for a cycle and tourist friendly city, then look no further. It is no surprise that Glasgow has earned the slogans:-
Glasgow smiles better
People make Glasgow
The friendly games. (Glasgow plays host to the 2014 Commonwealth Games)
A beautiful song written by Dundee musician Michael Marra and popularised by Hue and Cry who have performed brilliantly it at numerous live gigs for many years.
Here it was recorded for a TV programme “One Singer, One Song”, originally broadcast 7 May 1990. The tune’s lyrics tell of St Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow, whose remarkable deeds forged Glasgow’s coat of arms.
Glasgow has an enviable array of cuisine, from Indian to Italian (two long standing and successful communities) to Thai, Mongolian, Persian, Chinese, Sushi Bars, French and more gastro pubs than you can shake a stick at.
It may come as a surprise, but Glasgow has been voted the Curry Capital of U.K. for about 9 years in a row. No surprise to us! In fact, curry has come very close to surpassing haggis as Scotland’s national dish.
The Drygate Brewery
(Gastro pub and great real ales)
Out for a drink
Argyle Street. (Fish)
Dining in at the Den
Argyle Street. (Indian)
The Book Club
Vinniecombe Street. A beautifully converted art deco cinema.
all the ales you need.
Things to do – Whisky tasting and tours
The Glengoyne Distillery
is approximately 20 miles from Glasgow and they have a great whisky tour and a fantastic selection of whiskies of various ages. Our favourite is the 12 year old.
The Auchentoshan Distillery
is also close to Glasgow and worth a visit.
The Pot Still Pub
in Glasgow city centre, has the biggest selection of whiskies we have ever seen and the landlord knows about most of them. Don’t plan an early start the next day.