U.K. Holiday: April 2017

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Saturday, April 15 - Side Trip to Glasgow

Based on our book recommendation to make Glasgow at least a day trip, we were up and at it again about 7:00, getting breakfast about 8:00 and taking the bus around 9:00 to the train station. Trains to Glasgow run about hourly, even on the weekend, and being that it was Saturday, we got the weekend rate fare. We got on a train at about 9:30 that got us into Glasgow around 10:15.

Photos from the morning (4 images)

The forecast was for rain in the morning, then clearing up after noon. Yep, it was accurate. The first couple hours going around Glasgow, there was light rain for a lot of it, but not too much to stop us from seeing what we wanted to see. We decided to do two Rick Steves planned walks: the first one started on Argyle Street, and along the way we found several various murals, some of them at least 3 stories tall, then up Buchanan Street to Royal Exchange Square as well as George Square.

Photos of Glasgow City Center (26 images)

Within a couple miles (which we walked!) from the city center was the start of another walk through the West End, heading North through the University of Glasgow and Hillhead area to the small but beautiful Botanic Gardens.

Photos from Hillhead and the University (28 images)

Lunch was a sandwich at Pret a Manger, after which we hopped on a bus to the city center for another hike up to Glasgow Cathedral, which has notably been blackened by Industrial Revolution soot and grime. Then it was time to say goodbye to Glasgow and catch the train back to Edinburgh.

Photos of Glasgow Cathedral (16 images)

Good thing we decided to get a bus day pass for this day, because we made use of it. We returned to the hotel, and then set out to find an Italian restaurant. A couple we passed were too pricey, and we settled on Quattro Zero -- remarkably affordable and oh-so-tasty (huge!) pizza and lasagna! After dinner we set out to walk some more, heading North to Dean Gardens, along a picturesque river called the "Water of Leith", back past St. Mary's Cathedral on Palmerston Place to the Haymarket station, where we took the bus back to the hotel.

Photos from Edinburgh in the evening (9 images)