I’m a strong advocate of travelling even when it comes to small weekend or even 1 day getaways to a new place. When I learnt about new ScotRail initiative called The Great City Swap, it immediately caught my attention. It was basically created to encourage travel between 2 major Scottish cities — Edinburgh and Glasgow — located on the either side of the central belt, yet being mere 50 minutes away from each other by train. ScotRail offers really great fares for tickets — with off-peak return costing as low as £12.70.
If you visit The Great City Swap page on their website, you can also request a personalised itinerary suggestions for your day exploring the neighbouring city, — it’s never been easier!
Using this great opportunity, we decided to catch an early train to Glasgow on Saturday morning, and arrived on Queen street station before 10 am —ready for a hearty breakfast. Tempted by famous Eggs Benedict at Wilson Street Pantry, we made our way there and we were not disappointed! Great coffee was also a part of the deal 😃
We then decided to check out The Lighthouse, to be honest, mainly because of the terrace on its top floor that provides for a great top view on the city. I always love a good view point, it allows you to see the city form a completely different angle, plus, roofs always look so romantic!
Swapping our lunch for a traditional afternoon tea, we then headed to Cup Tea Lounge. It’s such a nice British tradition, and we, as a couple of true tea fans, loved how extensive their tea list was! Both of our teas were delicious, as well as the treats on the stand, so this place is also definitely recommended.
For a portion of art we decided to check out Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, located a bit further from the city centre. You can easily catch a train there, and it’ll take only 15 min. The building of the gallery is an astonishing creation in itself, not even mentioning a finely curated collections inside it. With themes ranging from French Impressionism to Ancient Egypt History, everyone can find something interesting here. I was also curious to see a famous installation called The Floating Heads ,which I frequently saw in Instagram before, and it is a very curious and amusing installation, indeed! 50 white heads hung up in the air, each bearing a different expression, from laughter to fear. Definitely worth checking out!
And what a city visit without one of its parks! Our choice fell upon Kelvingrove park, located right next to the gallery, and we could tell it was a good decision since the park was full of locals spending their Saturday afternoon, walking their dogs, playing with kids, or simply walking around. Autumnal colours always make it extra pretty in Scotland, and I couldn’t help but take a few extra shots of myself along the way 😃
To finish our day, we decided to have a dinner at a new funky Japanese street-food spots called Ramen Dayo in Queen street. As a fan of everything Japanese, I had really high expectations for the place, and I wasn’t disappointed a bit. Their interior, drink list and menu — all looks amazing, and the food was beyond delicious. The fact that they have authentic Japanese soda drinks made it even better.
Since it was Saturday night, we were tempted to try best cocktails in the city, as claimed by trendy The Spiritualist bar. Both drinks that we tried from their science section were creative, Wild Mountain Thyme is most recommended!
It was then time to head back home to Edinburgh, and with trains running every 30 minutes in evenings, it was easy to make sure we arrive to the Queen street station on time to catch one. We had wonderful time exploring a city that is so close and yet so different from Edinburgh, and we’re sure we’ll be back soon, thanks to convenient ScotRail trains.