Our next stop on the map was up north to Glasgow, Scotland. We wanted to visit our friends Jen and Tina, who we last saw when they came to visit us in Calgary 6 years ago. Times have definitely changed since our early 20’s and partying it up at the Calgary Stampede. These days, Jen is engaged and Tina’s happily married with a beautiful daughter.
We had caught up with the two lovely ladies at the Ingram Wynd, a traditional Scottish restaurant where we got to try a few dishes like haggis. Haggis seems to get a bad rap, but we sure enjoyed it. Having finished our meals, we stopped for cocktails over at Merchant Square to end our first night. Merchant Square, is a great place to hang out, it’s a casual indoor courtyard filled with restaurants and lounges.
The next morning, we began exploring the Glasgow Cathedral. It is one of the oldest cathedrals in the city and it was built in the late 12th century. It was neat to walk through and experience the Scottish Gothic architecture of the church. Across from the cathedral is Provan’s Lordship, it is believed to be the oldest house in Glasgow and was once the home of the "Lord of Provan."
One of the touristy things to check out was George Square which is at the center of Glasgow. The plaza honours 12 notable figures linked to the city’s history, along with a war memorial (The Cenotpah), and Glasgow’s City Chambers overlooking the square.
A few steps away is The Lighthouse, Scotland's Center for Design and Architecture. It's a unique museum to experience even if you’re not into modern art or architecture. If you head to the 3rd floor, a modern helical staircase allows visitors to climb up the rooftop for a scenic view of downtown. Another unique attraction is the Viewing Platform on the 6th Floor where we were greeted by a talented performer playing on a piano for guests to enjoy. It’s quite the hidden gem in the museum since we had the whole room to ourselves.
Later we got a chance to meet up with Jen and Tina for lunch, we even got to meet Tina’s little girl, Ariana, who is amazingly adorable. We ate lunch at The Bothy, a modern/traditional restaurant hidden behind one of Hillhead’s alleys. After having a fantastic meal with the ladies, we walked up the streets to the University of Glasgow. Jen was excited to show us her old stomping grounds as the architecture of the buildings where amazing to see and walk through. It was literally like you were going to school at Hogwarts. In addition, this was going to be special place for her since she’ll be saying her “I do’s” within these walls.
After our tour of "Hogwarts", we ended up at The Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum which is another one of the free-to-enter museums that we got to visit. A great place to learn about Glasgow’s history.
Our time in Glasgow was definitely too short though. However, we got to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. The city is so charming, definitely one that will not be forgotten.