We were up early to make the most of our final day in Glasgow, checking out by 9am and leaving our luggage behind at our hotel. The rain of the previous day had gone and left us with a day not quite warm enough to be called ‘summer’ but with clear skies and a warm breeze.
Our breakfast stop was the Willow Tea Rooms, designed by architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, in 1903. We arrived as it opened by 9.30am and found it to be totally empty. It was the perfect stop for a delicious Scottish breakfast.
Now feeling full of energy we walked over to the University of Glasgow, taking in the surprising number of green spots in the city as we went. I found Glasgow a really great city to walk around, with lots of unexpected treats to see.
The University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world, having been established in 1451. It has a huge number of museums, most which are free to visit so it’s a place where you can spend a lot of time. The architecture of the university is impressive enough, with its huge gothic style buildings. It was lovely to walk around.
Our first visit of the trip was to the Mackintosh house, for which you needed to pay £5, in order to join a guided tour. The museum is an impressive collection of Mackintosh furniture, the interior of the house coming from his original home which was demolished but the interior preserved. I certainly came out of there wanting to totally strip down the clutter of my life and have a house full of light instead.
We also visited the Hunterian museum and the zoology museum, both which were free, and showcased an interesting collection of animals, gemstones, fossils and lots more. The zoology museum even had some live exhibits!
Our next stop was lunch at Ubiquitous Chip, the restaurant I’d seen mentioned in pretty much every Scottish tour guide. I can totally understand why, the surroundings were stunning and our meal was beautiful.
We accompanied our meal with some bourbon and blueberry cider by Blind pig, really want to hunt this down again because it was delicious. We enjoyed the lunch menu, priced at £16.95 for 2 courses which was excellent value for such a wonderful meal.
Now happily full we wandered over to the Kelingrove art gallery, another wonderful free attraction. The building is quite beautiful and there was lots to see. Aside from some impressive art installations there was also taxidermy, Charles Rennie Mackintosh furniture and world war antiquities to see.
We’d decided not to go for dessert with lunch because of our next destination, Tantrum Doughnuts. They are only a small bakery but have some super delicious and creative doughnut options. Having gone at the end of the day many options were sold out but we grabbed some peanut butter and jelly as well as creme brulee.
Our final destination of the day was the Sharmanka Kinetic theatre. We had pre booked our tickets online, as recommended on the site, but we were the only ones in the room who had and so I wouldn’t say it’s necessary. Tickets cost £8 and it was cash only.
The room is filled with these scrap metal contraptions, of tiny figures and dancing animals, which move in choreography to haunting music. It’s certainly unlike something I’d ever seen before and worth the visit. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside so the attached photo is not my own.
Afterwards we caught the airport express back to the airport, leaving ourselves enough time to grab some Edinburgh Gin at the Duty Free and we were soon back home to reflect on our wonderful Glasgow trip!
Steps walked: 28,902