As you might know, I spent three days in Glasgow and I wanted to experience the city as a Glaswegian. So I started to give myself away while my host Helen showed me the city. I knew some of the attractions or monuments as I had a The best of Scotland guide from Lonely Planet and I could prepare myself for that trip.
With only three days ahead, I did not plan any museums or galleries to visit as this would take a lot of time from feeling the city. This is up to you and your preferences of course. Here is what I would recommend you.
West End and City Center
Here you have a wet map in a rainy day, very typical from Scotland to start with. This will help you have an idea how the city is divided and the areas. The city center is full of pedestrian streets and Victorian architecture everywhere. We have the West End that is the university neighbour, full of coffee shops, bars and restaurants, it is kind of trendy area.
Glasgow Cathedral is also called High Kirk of Glasgow. It is a gothic cathedral, a beautiful monument, surrounded by gardens. Free entrance.A play, a pie and a pint
One of the things that surprised me in Glasgow. Helen explained what a play, a pie and a pint meant. Is a lunch time theatre programme, in a pub called the Oran Mor, now they offer around 37 plays a year, tragedies, comedies, musicals etc... For a fee they offer you a pint and a pie to eat while you watch the theatre play. I did not attend any of the plays but I thought it was a great thing, so I will totally will go for it next time. If you happen to go or have been there share your experience. I would love to hear your thoughts.
University of Glasgow
Lovely building, the University of Glasgow is the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of the oldest in Scotland too. The university was founded in 1451, it is now ranked in the top 100 universities in the world.
The main university campus is located in the West End. There also university buildings located elsewhere, a facility in Loch Lomond, Crichton Campus etc...
Is a backstreet in the West end. It is famous for its bars, restaurants and its cinema. The nearest underground station Hillhead station. It is a good place to hang out at night with friends, go around and visit the pubs in the area.
Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street
Amazing pedestrian street, full of shops, a shopping center and you always find that thing that surprises you in the shop windows. Great offer of restaurants and bars. If you want to do some shopping, ladies, this is the street, I bought some clothes and found great bargains.
Merchant city is a good place to go for a walk, excellent restaurants and shops. You might have noticed that Glasgow is a shopping city, a wide variety of brands and offer, you can find very good bargains you just need time and look for it.
Mugdock Country Park
I loved that park in the country side, it is just 10 minutes away from Glasgow but you can feel the green woods, trees and a bit of this Scottish country side is very near from the city. I did not have a lot of time and this was the nearest I could get, and it was a great experience. I loved the area, there is a lake and a couple of castles in the area. Very beautful place and peaceful.