We took an overnight Mega Bus bus from London Victoria Station to the Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow. It was an eight hour bus ride that was late to depart – the bus was supposed to leave the station at 11:45pm but we didn’t get on until 12:00am. The ride to Glasgow was pretty uneventful with a lot of green fields and rain, so much rain!
When we finally arrived in the morning, we went straight to our hostel: Euro Hostel Glasgow (318 Clyde Street, Glasgow, G1 4NR). We couldn’t check in until 3:00pm but we left our luggage there while we set out to find some food. We had passed by a Tesco so we retraced our steps and ended up getting an egg salad sandwich and an orange (we haven’t really had any fruit since we had arrived in the UK). There is a beautiful open square a little further up from our hostel so we went there and wiped down a bench so we could sit. We arrived on a good day – there was a film crew setting up and a lot of extras on the scene (they just looked like a lot of tourists). We didn’t go up and ask what they were shooting for though.
After breakfast, we got a map for the Hop On and Off bus and just followed the route of it on foot instead of paying the price of getting on the bus. We headed towards the Glasgow Necropolis and Glasgow Cathedral. The Necropolis was a small hike up and was well worth the view of the city! Also, it was a very nice stroll since the grounds are well maintained. It was a huge area to cover. The Cathedral was under exterior renovations but was still open so we visited the inside. It was the first Cathedral we went to and it was nice, there was also a basement area that had more information about the history of the place. I am a lover of stained glass windows so there will be many more pictures of them!
Since we still had time until we could check in, we had lunch The Spoon. They had an all day breakfast so my friend and I both ordered it. Simple but much needed protein for our diet. Also, from their website, the Spoon “helps people overcome prejudice from experiencing disabilities and/or social disadvantages.” It’s great to see the community coming to help others.
In the afternoon, before checking in, we walked to the People’s Palace and the Winder Garden, both by the river. It was a great walk! We checked in and was glad to have booked a budget double room with a private bath. We just relaxed and unpacked toiletries. There wasn’t anything super special about the room but it was ours for the next two nights. There’s a bar attached to the hostel on the main floor that had cheap food.
On our first night, we went to the oldest bar in Glasgow, The Scotia. To our disappointment, they didn’t serve food on a Tuesday night (probably a low night). They had some import beers so we each grabbed one and chatted with the bartender. She was from Dublin and had moved to Glasgow. She told us that they usually serve food during the daytime so we decided to go back the next day. Afterwards we wandered around town and ended up at the Royal Scot for dinner – it was one of the handful of places open that wasn’t fast food. To be blunt, the food was not good. We ordered fish and chips and a vegetarian lasagne with salad. The fish was bland and under salted while the lasagne was way too salty. We didn’t know how close we were to our hostel since it was our first night. Had we known, we would have just had dinner back at the hostel.
It just occurred to me how much we accomplished in one day, even though my friend, L, pointed out that Glasgow wasn’t very big!