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In one word: Glasgow is just cool! The music scene is diverse, the pub life is lively, there is delicious vegan and vegetarian food on every corner, the city is super green and has a lot to offer in terms of art and culture. And the Glaswegians, as they call themselves, are famous for their friendliness. In this blog post, I’ll take you on a little journey to this exciting city to show you why a trip to Glasgow is worth it and how you can make it sustainable.
Summary of Content:
- Info about Glasgow
- Must-sees/ Sightseeing
- Sustainable Shopping in Glasgow
- Vegan Restaurants
- A few words about the weather
- Video about Glasgow
Disclaimer/ Advertising: This trip was supported by VisitBritain & VisitScotland. However, we were able to plan the trip ourselves and I also chose all the places to eat and see myself and share my own experience in this article.
We had the privilege of traveling quite sustainably by train from Devon to Glasgow in Scotland. It took about 7.5 hours with two changes. From London, however, it is only 4.5 hours and directly without changing trains. How to get from Germany to London in a sustainable way, I have already explained here.
The train journey was actually as romantic as it looks on the pictures and in the video on YouTube, because you really drive past beautiful landscapes, such as the Lake District National Park.
In the afternoon, we arrived in Glasgow, right in the center of the main train station. That’s the practical thing about train travel, that you don’t have to take a shuttle or transfer from the airport to the city, but arrive directly in the heart of the city.
Our hotel was the voco® Grand Central Glasgow, which is built in Victorian style and has an incredibly good location. It is actually located right by and actually almost in the train station. In fact, you can enter the building directly from the concourse.
The hotel also pays attention to sustainability, such as energy-saving double glazing (despite being an old building), bedding made from recycled materials, soap and shampoo dispensers, and reusable glass bottles. It also won VisitScotland’s Green Tourism Award.
Our room was very spacious, very clean and comfortable, the walls are very high and the bathroom was also very spacious. A room costs approximately from 90 euros per night.
In the hotel bar, we were always able to end the evening relaxed and elegant. The bar looks directly into the train station concourse, which creates a very exciting and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Info about Glasgow
Glasgow’s history is relatively vague until it grew into a city in the 12th century and the construction of St Mungo’s Cathedral began. By the early 16th century, Glasgow had then become a major religious and academic center.
When it comes to spending a few days in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow has a lot to keep you busy: You’ll find exciting museums and galleries, stunning architecture, beautiful parks, unique attractions, vintage stores and small boutiques, as well as an excellentoutstanding range of bars, pubs and restaurants.
Especially for vegans and vegetarians, the city is a heaven, as the vegan culinary offer is huge. Glasgow has also been described as one of the best cities for culinary experimentation by the travel bible “Rough Guides”.
In general, Glasgow can be described as a very sustainable city. Glasgow is among the top five cities in the world that have been recognized for their commitment to sustainable tourism. The city is full of green spaces, there are numerous 100 percent vegan and vegetarian restaurants, you can do very good sustainable shopping and stay in sustainable hotels, like ours.
Glasgow’s rich, architectural heritage spans centuries and is among the best preserved in the world. In addition, the mix of old, listed buildings, as well as modern architecture, is very exciting. Glasgow is also a UNESCO City of Music and the music scene in Glasgow is legendary. It is considered raw, edgy and playful. The city has produced many internationally successful artists – such as Amy Macdonald and Franz Ferdinand.
Must Sees in Glasgow:
The Lighthouse, Scotland’s national center for design and architecture, was unfortunately closed. But you usually get a stunning view of the city from the tower high above.
In Royal Exchange Square, you’ll find the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), housed in an impressive neoclassical building.
Glasgow’s Necropolis is a remarkable Victorian cemetery with some 3,500 monuments inspired by the famous Père Lachaise in Paris. Among the most notable tombs are a monument to Protestant Reformation leader John Knox and a Celtic cross designed by influential Glasgow architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. In addition, it’s also worth visiting for a beautiful view of the city and Glasgow Cathedral.
Another highlight was our street art walking tour. With local experts, you can discover Glasgow so relaxed, outside and at a distance. Such a tour directly supports a local business as well as local tour guides. This is also important when it comes to sustainable travel. We learned a lot about the street art scene, for example who supports which artist more and why. I can also imagine that such a tour is also perfect with a child and dog.
Green spaces in general: Glasgow is known for being a very green city. Of course, this was a bit harder to experience in November when we were there. But still, we really enjoyed Kelvingrove Park. With over 90 parks and gardens, it’s no wonder Glasgow is affectionately known as the Dear Green Place. Other green spaces worth visiting:
- Glasgow Green
- Pollok Country Park
- Glasgow Botanic Gardens
- Victoria Park
- and many more.
Just off Kelvingrove Park is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – the magnificent structure is made of beautiful red sandstone. Admission is free and inside there are over 8,000 objects from the fields of art, archaeology and natural history.
Directly nearby is Glasgow University. Pretty much everyone who sees the main building of Glasgow University is struck by its striking resemblance to Hogwarts. In particular, the courtyard resembles the place where Harry first learned to fly on his broom in the first movie. It was never filmed at the university for the Harry Potter movies, by the way.
What you also shouldn’t miss is The Hidden Lane – A fantastic community of artists, designers, musicians and more working in around 100 studios, and a great little tearoom. We took a little break in this very teahouse and I highly recommend the cozy place.
Another must-see is Ashton Lane – A quaint cobblestone street adorned with fairy lights and with a number of great bars and restaurants.
Sustainable Shopping in Glasgow:
Sustainable shopping also works out wonderfully in Glasgow. In addition to small boutiques and independent stores, Glasgow is also known for its vintage stores. Here is a small but nice list of second hand stores we visited:
- Mr Ben Retro Clothing
- Right next door: Minted
- The Glasgow Vintage Co
- DUDS. Vintage Clothing
I love to browse in vintage stores when I travel, because you can always find very special pieces.
By the way, for souvenirs, the Scottish Design Exchange in the Buchanan Galleries shopping mall is a great place to go. Scottish Design Exchange is a unique social enterprise where every penny spent goes directly to the creators of the design.
Vegan & vegan-friendly eateries:
As mentioned earlier, the city is perfect for vegans and vegetarians. We have actually experienced spontaneously walking into a pub only to discover on the spot that this establishment is 100 percent vegan. We’ve had a similar experience with restaurants and cafes. A few years ago, Peta voted Glasgow the most vegan-friendly city in the UK. And I can really confirm that myself so far. Here are the places we visited and the highlights:
For our first dinner, we made reservations at Saramago. Great recommendation! The restaurant is located in the Centre for Contemporary Arts. Saramago is a relaxed and friendly place, the crowd is mixed, from parents and kids to art students and business people. The restaurant is 100 percent vegan.
We had a very very tasty eggplant dish, a salad, a tomato tart, a soup, and spring rolls. For dessert we had vegan affogato. Everything was very excellent, prepared very quickly, and the staff was super friendly. I recommend making reservations in advance for dinner there, though, as the place is very popular.
Stereo Café & Bar
Once again 100 percent vegan, this bar and kitchen is open during the day and into the late evenings. We had miso soup with dumplings, as well as tacos. The soup was delicious, as were the tacos. My dessert was my highlight: a vegan panacotta dessert with berries and crème brûlée pieces.
In the evening, by the way, you can go downstairs to one of the countless gi
gs and celebrate live performances. In Scotland, by the way, the covid measures are relatively strict at the moment (winter 2021), so you can only get into the club with a vaccination card or test, where you have to wear a mask to be served.
Hanoi Bike ShopHanoi
Bike Shop is the city’s first Vietnamese eatery and is located in the heart of the West End. With its colorful interior design, small tables and lively atmosphere, the restaurant brings Vietnam to Glasgow. The eatery is not 100 percent vegan or vegetarian, but the Black Pepper Tofu, made in-house, was a definite highlight. If you’re a tofu lover, a great must-try!
Papercup Coffee CompanyThis
coffee shop is
great for coffee & snacks. The team tries to source fair and ecologically sound beans, products and produce. In addition, the vegan dishes offered are again excellent.
you know haggis? If not, google it. For me personally, this specialty from Scottish cuisine doesn’t really sound appetizing. But at Glasvegan there is a vegan version and of course I didn’t miss it. Very good, very tasty and once again a super friendly team!
we stopped for a quick lunch and I can’t complain. The place is 100 percent vegan again and my vegan pastrami sandwich with sauerkraut and sourdough bread was very, very good!
Tchai Ovna TeahouseThis is where
we headed after a long morning of sightseeing. The place was also recommended to me by several people. I personally wouldn’t go again now though. It’s mega cute and the staff was super friendly here as well, like everywhere else. But I found it a bit too cold and therefore a bit too uncomfortable in the cafe. The tea selection is really excellent though!…
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