Alex and I had the best time in Scotland. I had never been before and I absolutely loved it and enjoyed every second of our trip. A part of the reason that we enjoyed our trip so much, I think, is because it was somewhat organised and we had done our research prior to going on the trip. I spent a good few evenings on my laptop doing all the research about places to visit, things to do, etc. and that really paid off.
So, since I have already done the research, I decided to put together two posts all about our trip to Scotland. Not only do I genuinely think that this could be of help to others visiting (I read a number of blog posts myself, in preparation for our trip) but I also think it will be nice for me personally to have something like that to look back on. *We went on this trip in January and booked everything roughly a month in advance. This is just something to keep in mind as prices might be different during busier periods.*
Getting there: First things first, Alex and I got to Scotland via train (from Preston) which was pretty affordable and on top of that, we also had a railcard that got us 1/3 off our tickets. I will not go into more detail about the train because getting to Scotland will obviously depend on where you live but if you around North England then train tickets are cheap!
Where we stayed: We only stayed in Glasgow for one night and we stayed at Ibis Style Glasgow. Quick story short, it was a 10/10! Location was perfect; it was only a few minutes’ walk from Buchana Street, Glasgow Central Railway Station, and a subway station. The room was lovely, small but super clean, new and modern, with a huge window (basically taking up the whole wall). We paid £59 for one night, including free cancelation and breakfast, which was also a 10/10. The breakfast really was so good considering that this is an affordable hotel. Both Alex and I were very impressed.
How we got around: Alex and I purely got around via the subway. Our hotel location was perfect, which helped a lot. We walked around a lot and we got on the subway to get to specific places we wanted to see. We bought an all-day ticket the first day we were there, which was £4.20 pp and the next day we just got a return ticket which was £3.30 pp. Subway tickets are a little bit cheaper if you have a Smart Card (which you can buy for £3 at any subway station) but I think it’s only worth it if you are visiting for a few days. Buses and trains are always an option too.
Places we visited in Glasgow:
1. The first thing our list was to visit Buchanan Street. It was super close to our hotel so we did end up walking all around Buchanan street and that whole area twice. We also got really lucky and had really nice sunny weather which meant we loved walking out and about
2. I also really wanted to visit two museums. The first one being the Riverside Museum (a transport museum). Just like most museums in the UK, there was no entry fee and you had the choice of giving a small donation. We did enjoy walking around and we did see some interesting things in there but it was not the highlight of our trip. Overall, we were glad we visited it and since it was a relatively small museum it only took us 1h (maybe even 45min) to see everything.
3. Next up we visited the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. Obviously that was totally different from the Riverside Musem and much bigger and we really enjoyed our time walking around in there. If in Glasgow, I would say it is totally worth visiting this museum.
4. On the morning we were leaving, the last place we visited was the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. There was no entry fee to the gardens but I did read somewhere online that there was a small fee to enter the greenhouse (I think). When we walked into the greenhouse there was nobody there selling or checking tickets and nobody that went in ahead of use paid either so maybe that was just misinformation. Both Alex and I loved visiting the gardens, especially because we had never been to something like that before.
What we wished we had time for: The only thing Alex and I did not get to cross off our list was visiting the Glasgow Necropolis. While it did sound very creepy, it also sounded so interesting (and it was also recommended to us by a friend of mine that lives in Glasgow). The main reason we didn’t visit the Necropolis was its location; it was a bit of a journey to get there from our hotel and after all we were only there for just over 24 hours.
Alex and I are not big drinkers or pub people so for the one night we had in Glasgow, we went to the cinema. We went to Cineworld which was just a few minutes’ walk from our hotel. We watched Bad Boys For Life and on our way back to the hotel, we stopped at McDonald’s for a late dinner. Perhaps we should be a little more adventures when visiting a new place but at the end of the day, we did something we truly enjoyed.
Thank you for reading!