A weekend in Glasgow.
Stay – We know you’ll be needing every bit of extra cash for getting reeking drunk and buying Rennie Mackintosh souvenir tea towels, but there are always balances to be struck. The Brunswick hotel will give plenty of luxury without too painful a hit on the wallet, and it’s also in the vibrant Merchant City, making its reasonable rates even more tempting.
Shop – Glasgow has some of the best shopping in Scotland so you can stuff your holdall with as many frivolous bits as catch your eye. The Buchanan Galleries and the St Enoch Centre house all the high street regulars and Buchanan Street has a more up-market feel. For real luxury the Italian Centre and Princes Square will happily work your other half and/or bank manager into a state of nervous terror.
Attractions – The newly refurbished Kelvingrove Art Gallery is scheduled to open this summer, and until then the GOMA is the top spot for art lovers. Those with daisies in their hair and a camper van should make for the flora and fauna at the Botanic Gardens, and if football lights your fire get yourself to one, or all, of the major stadia in the city: Ibrox, Celtic Park, and Hampden (which also has a great museum).
Eat – Café Gandolfi in Merchant City is a must for a relaxed meal with a truly Scottish feel. For Indian lovers, Mother India extends a warm welcome (ranging up to fiery, depending on your preference), and for upmarket seafood, Rogano wins fins down.
Drink – If you plan to acquaint yourself with all of Glasgow’s watering holes you’d be advised to book that liver transplant now. But if you simply want to get a taste for the spirit of the city then start in Uisge Beatha for a wee dram of the golden stuff. A glass of wine with the lovely staff in Brutti Ma Buoni goes down pleasantly and Ashton Lane has plenty of trendy pubs and bars.
Club – The Arches is one of the best clubs in the city, with unbelievable acoustics and mesmerizing beats. Another place that’s pulling in the punters is BeLo in Royal Exchange Square, and if you’re lucky enough to be in the city on a Sunday then Cube’s Sunday Surgery is essential for some of life’s more carnal pleasures.