A day trip to Glasgow on a bonny Scottish tour
If Edinburgh is Scotland’s cultural capital, Glasgow is the foodie capital of the country. You’ll find the widest variety of cuisine in Glasgow, and the quality is higher in many restaurants. More northern or rural towns in Scotland don’t have quite the metropolitan options as Glasgow.
You can reasonably see the best of Glasgow in a day, preferably during a day trip from Edinburgh, only about an hour away by train.
Glasgow itinerary highlights
Tour the Kelvingrove Museum
If you’re coming in to Glasgow Central Station, the area under and near the station has plenty of quick stops for breakfast. You’ll even find a Tim Hortons for your doughnut cravings.
Got your caffeine and food fix? Head to Kelvingrove Museum. It’s a short 15-minute bus ride from the central station.
Kelvingrove Museum features 22 themed galleries is in a lovely old building set in the middle of a park. You’ll find everything from Dutch and French classical art to traditional Scottish exhibits and medieval weaponry. It’s a nice digestible slice of culture.
When you’re done exploring the exhibits, BrewDog is right across the street for lunch. It’s a local chain that specializes in draft beers and ciders with burgers and hot dogs (including a veggie dog that’s not half bad).
Have some extra time? Head to the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, a 20-minute walk away from the museum.
Alternate path: Skip the museum, go shopping on Princes Street
If museums aren’t your thing, skip the exhibits and explore the center of the city instead. You’ll find plenty of shopping and restaurants at Princes Square and the area north of the station.
Union Street has a row of cute stores for gamers and anime fans, and Primark on Queen Street is always a favorite for good deals on clothing. Pick up some lovely and cheap plaid scarves, socks or umbrellas as souvenirs or gifts.
Take in fabulous views at the Glasgow Necropolis
Next, head to Glasgow Cathedral for some quick photos or a tour. Tours are about an hour, but you can pop in for a quick picture for free, as long as no services are in progress.
When you’re done, make your way across the bridge to the nearby Glasgow Necropolis. This hill of the dead is a picturesque park covered in thousands of graves, from towering monuments and grand mausoleums to basic, worn away tombstones.
Enjoy the quiet walk and incredible views of the city. You’ll get the best pictures of the city from here.
Savor your night in Glasgow with the best cuisine in Scotland
For dinner, you have plenty of options to choose from in this foodie city, especially north of the station. Find simple sandwiches at Bread Meets Bread or pizza at Pizza Punks, or go for fancier fare with Café Andaluz’s tapas or the beer hall at Bavaria Brauhaus.
In Glasgow on the weekend? Below the central train station is the Platform at Argyle Street Arches, a hidden underground food truck/beer garden/food market. The market is only open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
If you’re in need of an after dinner drink, you have plenty to choose from along Sauchiehall Street, including an internet café bar called The Summoner’s that regularly features esports matches.
Final thoughts on your trip
Glasgow’s a fun, walkable city with fantastic food and some entertaining sights. It’s worth a stop on your Scotland tour, even if you only have a few hours to spend exploring the city.