Scotland, our first trip together part 6: Glasgow

Back in 2013 I was planning on making a trip to Scotland with a colleague as we were both fascinated by travelling by train and where interested in making one through the birth nation of trains. We decided to head through England all the way up north to the rugged terrain of Scotland. Unfortunately the colleague I was planning this trip wasn’t able to make the voyage and this is where Timothy came into the picture. Even though he just joined the company and barely knew me, he took the plunge when I asked him to join me on a trip to Scotland. Little did we know this would only be the very first chapter in a whole range of travel adventures together.

After having had a splendid rail tour around the Scottish Highlands and a visit to it’s capital Edinburgh we closed off the trip with a visit to Glasgow, the “other” city. After arriving from Fort William we first walked across the main shopping street to soak up the atmosphere. And see some of the famous sights.

The next morning we started our proper exploration by taking a ride on the Glasgow Subway, nicknamed the Clockwork Orange, as it consists solely of a circle line with bright orange trains operating on it. The trains and tunnels are even smaller than the London Tube, giving it all a very toy like feeling.

Our first stop of the day was the Riverside Museum, it is housed in a spectacular building designed by the famous architect Zaha Hadid. It contains a number of displays talking about the history of transportation and it’s relation to Scotland.

We continued past the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which had some spectacular halls. The final stop of the day was a visit to a tenement house depicting how life was for the poorer families during the industrial revolution.

While Edinburgh was a richer and more historic city, Glasgow thought us more about the history of the industry and normal people, visiting both cities is very much a good idea.

Have you visited Glasgow? What was your favourite part? Let us know in the comments below!

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