Glasgow and Strathclyde
Glasgow Sunny Day
When the sun is shining you typically don't want to be stuck indoors and Glasgow is a beautiful city to walk around in the sunshine. This itinerary features the fantastic city of the dead and the interesting Waterside Museum.
Total Cost: Free
Day 1: Glasgow Necropolis / St Andrews Cathedral / Pollock Country Park
The day starts in the east side of the city at the Necropolis which is only a ten minute walk from the city centre. Walk east from Central Station along Cathedral St until you come to Castle St, walk past the St Mungo Museum and you will find an entrance to the Necropolis on your right.
The graveyard covers a total area of 37 acres and dates back to the Victorian era, there are some tours available if you book in advance but you can also easily do a self guided tour. It can take a few hours to cover the entire site, the most spectacular tombs can be found on the top level where you will also get some great views of Glasgow.
After the Necropolis it is well worth paying a visit to the Glasgow Cathedral, it is only a couple of minutes walk from the Necropolis entrance and it is one of the best cathderals in the country. The architecture inside and the massive stained glass windows are quite a sight to behold and it is free to visit.
For lunch there are many options in the city, the willow tea rooms is a unique location to eat in, having been designed by Charles Rennie Macintosh it offers a some unique architecture and a pretty reasonable menu (best to get in early as it does get very busy in the summer months). Depending on the time of year you visit Glasgow there are also multiple outdoor eating areas which are peppered along Buchanan Street, perfect for enjoying sunny weather.
The afternoon is spent exploring Pollock Park which is a few miles south of the city, if you are driving then its just over a ten minute drive on the M77. If you are using public transport then catch the train from Glasgow central to East Kilbride and alight at Pollokshaws West, from here is a few minutes walk to Pollock Avenue which will take you into Pollock Country Park.
Inside Pollock Country Park there is a variety of activities and attractions which are spread over the 360 hectare site. These include a number of woodland and river walks, a mountain bike track, wildlife garden and the fantastic Burrell Collection. The Burrell collection is free to visit and it has a great collection of 8,000 exhibits which were donated by Sir William Burrell, these include many different art works and sculptures.