20 Things to do in Glasgow, Scotland Travel Guide

In today’s video we’re going to be showing
you around Glasgow, Scotland. This is a city that we visited last autumn
and then again this summer, and on both visits, we ate like kings and queens because it turns
out, Glasgow is a great destination for foodies. Since we never got around to making a travel
guide on our first visit, today we’re going to be combining the footage from both of those
trips to show you some of the best things to do in Glasgow and also some of the best
places to eat and drink it. So let’s get started! So I’m excited for this next attraction we’re
actually going into the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and last time we were in Glasgow (Glesga)
it was closed. I think we got here a little bit too early
and we had other things scheduled so we totally missed it. So yeah, this time we’re checking it out. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is
divided into two main sections. On the right-hand side you have the museum
which focuses on natural history, world cultures, and archaeology; and then on the left-hand
side you have the art gallery which showcases paintings, furniture, and Scottish art, which
makes it very easy to explore based on your interests. While I found myself drawn to the museum side,
it wasn’t long before I was lured over to the art gallery by the Floating Heads, a one
of a kind installation that’s hard to miss! So that was a really cool experience. I am so glad we got to do it this time around. Yeah. And it is the kind of attraction where you’ll
want to budget a few hours because it is big inside. And it has a very eclectic mix of different
galleries. So we just finished visiting the Kelvingrove
Art Gallery and Museum and it is just a skip and a hop over to Glasgow University so we
couldn’t resist coming back seriously look around. It looks like the set of Harry Potter. Even though it is probably not. Tada. The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451
and it’s one of Scotland’s 4 ancient universities. With that in mind, you can count on some amazing
architecture especially around the cloisters. Seeing as it was almost lunch time, we hopped
in a taxi and rode across town to the Drygate Brewery. This is a place that I had been to on our
last trip to Glasgow (Glaschu). This time around, we signed up for the “Through
the Glass Tour” for a quick lesson on the art of brewing, and while we were at it, we
paired our beers with lunch. So it is right around lunchtime and we have
just arrived at the Drygate Brewery here in Glasgow and we’re going to be doing a through
the glass tour. So our beer has actually arrived. Let me lift this for you. How cool is this? And when I’m talking through the glass check
out that. These are oh yeah. That is through the glass. So cool. Through the glass literally. In total we sampled 4 beers; my favourite
was called Disco Forklift Truck, and it was a pale ale that was fruity and tropical thanks
to someone’s genius idea to add mango juice Then for food, I had fish and chips, and Audrey
went for something a little bit more adventurous. I got Ox Cheek. And I’ve only had Ox Cheek once before in
Laos in Luang Prabang. Yep. And I really enjoyed it. I haven’t seen it on a menu since. So I figured you know what? You’re going to make a sandwich for us. Yeah. My work of art. Let’s see how it tastes. I’m just going to have the Ox first. Hahaha. You’ve got a giant piece of leaf. What do you think? Good? It is really nice. Is it? It has a nice sweetness to it. Okay. And it kind of looks like pulled pork. Yeah. So yeah, the meat just breaks apart. Super tender. Really really good. I can’t wait to try that. Our adventures continued the following day
with an amazing meal at A’Chailltain in the heart of The Barras. It is time for food again and today we’re
at BAD which stands for Barras Art and Design. And it is a really cool space. For starters there is art everywhere. They have these amazing murals. But also once you go inside you have like
little shops, restaurants, bars. Sometimes they have art exhibitions, they
host music gigs, markets. So it is really cool. It is a versatile space but now let’s go see
if our food is ready. Yeah, we’ve come here for lunch. Well the appetizers are here and it looks
amazing. We went for the risotto with squid ink and
seabass. So I’m going to dig right in. That does look amazing. I love risotto. Oh my gosh. Chives. Mmmm. Isn’t that good? And I love risotto too. That is actually what I’ve ordered as my main
coming later. Then Sam ordered the roasted red pepper pearl
barley risotto for the main, and I had the lamb leg steak with baby carrots, beetroots,
and turnips. It was a fantastic meal! Next up, it was time to check out the gin
scene and for this, we visited the Glasgow Gin Distillery over on the Southside. We got to tour the place, learn a bit more
about gin production, and then at the very end, it was time for the good stuff: a gin
tasting! So we’re the Glasgow Distillery Company. Glasgow’s first single malt distillery in
over 110 years. Since 1902. And we are a proud crafters of Glasgow’s only
Gin. Makar original gin. Time for the gin tasting. You’re used to having that with tonic. I am it is quite strong on its own. But yeah, it has got a nice aroma. Obviously, juniper berries dominate here. But it is nice. Fragrant. Aromatic. Floral. Later that evening, we went on a do it yourself
food crawl where we visited a few different bars and restaurants along Finnieston, which
is in the city’s west end. First up, we visited The Drugstore Social,
a bar that is set in an old-fashioned pharmacy. I’ve ordered myself something called the heartbeat. And it has arrived. Viola! So describe it. I’m going to read you the ingredients because
I don’t know my alcohols that well. But this one is a beetroot infused mezcal
with sake so that is an interesting mix. We’ve got Mexico and Japan happening in this
drink. Yeah. Check it out. And it has a big cube of ice. And it kind of looks like a heart honestly. Yeah, yeah. Sam chose the Goodnight Kiss, which had pisco
and coconut liqueur – I liked his drink the best. And then we ordered one more drink. So this next one. Yes, we got a third drink it is called Smoke
and the Water. And it was a really dramatic drink. Like they bring the glass flipped upside down
and out comes the smoke. And then they reveal the smoke. Um, so yeah I’ve already poured myself a little
bit. That looks good. It smells nice. Mmm. Is it good? Ooh. That is good. Yeah. Thank you. Our second stop of the night was The Finnieston,
which specializes in gin and seafood. Audrey tried her first oysters, and then we
had a couple more drinks, as you do. Next drink of choice is the martini. But look at how they serve it here. This is so creative. This is the alcohol and they keep it chilled
it in this large glass with ice and once you’re ready you just keep topping up your glass. Just pour a little in. Got a little cucumber. And yeah, this is a lot of fun. Lastly, to wrap up the night, we went to Porter
& Rye for dinner, this is a steakhouse specializing in aged beef. Alright, we’ve had drinks, we’ve had appetizers. Now it is time for dinner. We’ve popped over to Porter and Rye where
the thing to order is steak. We’ve ordered two different steaks. Yes. This one right in front of me has been aged
for 50 days. And the one in front of Sam has been aged
for over 100 days. So this is a first for me. I have never ordered an aged steak before. So let’s just dig right in and see what it
tastes like. Completely new culinary experience happening
over here. Mmmmm. Is it good? Does it tastes different? It is very tender. Yeah? You taste the beef. I mean I feel like it kind of enhances the
flavors. It intensifies it a little bit. But yeah, this is really good. Cooked medium rare which I think is to perfection. Mmmmm. Good stuff huh? This is wonderful. And for our last breakfast in town, we ate
at Cafe Gandolfi, a cozy spot that serves up a delicious breakfast. I went for the Gandolfi Vegetarian Breakfast
with halloumi and field mushrooms, and it was amazing! Now that we’ve shown you what we got up
to on our most recent visit to Glasgow (Glesga), let’s rewind to last year’s trip. One of the first places we visited was the
Glasgow Botanic Garden in the city’s west end. My favourite part of the garden was the Kibble
Palace, which is a 19th-century wrought iron glasshouse, which features beautiful sculptures
amidst the foliage. For a completely different vibe, we also hit
up Buchanan Street, one of the main shopping thoroughfares in Glasgow (Glaschu). We were there on a weekend so it was full
of shoppers and buskers, and it was buzzing. And right along Buchanan Street, we came across
the Willow Tea Rooms where we had a little afternoon tea. So what are we up to on this sunny day? So on the southside of Glasgow you can get
out into nature and we’re just exploring the countryside and apparently there is going
to be some hairy coos we can spot. Hairy coos. Yeah. Let’s go find them. And just a short drive from there, we visited
House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park, where they have some cool sculptures around
the garden. We also visited Glasgow Cathedral and the
nearby Necropolis, which is a Victorian cemetery located on a hill just east of the cathedral. And not too far from there, you also have
Glasgow Green, a nice park in the city’s east end that is also home to the People’s Palace,
which tells the story of the city and it’s people. And last but not least, it was on this trip
that we discovered one of our favourite restaurants in Glasgow: The Crafty Pig. This place specializes in pulled pork sandwiches,
delicious fries, and the most decadent of milkshakes, so we found ourselves going back
time and again. So Glasgow is a city for foodies. There is so much great food and today we’re
bringing you to one of our favorite restaurants The Crafty Pig. Basically everything on the menu is amazing
and we’ve only been here a few days but we just keep coming back and we’re going to show
you why. Take a look at this main. Dudes, this is the pulled pork sandwich bun. Oh my gosh. This is amazing. Like take a look at that. Can you see that pulled pork. Yes, I’ve tried it before and it is mouth
watering. You know what just so I can show you guys
what the pulled pork looks like I’m just going to take it out like this and take a bite. Mmmmmm. How amazing is that? Magic. That is magic in the mouth. And that’s a wrap for our visit to Glasgow,
Scotland. We loved our two visits and we’d gladly
return for a third. This is an amazing city for foodies and there
are so many great bars, restaurants, breweries, and distilleries to visit. Also for your information if you’re already
visiting Edinburgh, Glasgow is just a short 50-minute train ride away, and it’s a city
with its own unique vibe. Now you guys know the drill, if there are
any other fun things to do in Glasgow that you’d like to share with travellers, feel
free to leave your suggestions in the comments below. In the meantime, wishing you happy travels
and until next time!

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