Flying into Glasgow?
There is a direct bus link at Buchanan Bus Station. Within a 10 minute walk for both apartments.
Travelling to Edinburgh?
Queen Street train station and Buchanan Bus Station. Within a 15 minute walk for both apartments.
Arriving by Train?
Train’s from London come into Glasgow Central Station, which is a 15 minute walk from both apartments.
Explore Scotland from Glasgow
Glasgow West End
From Munro Haven Apartments, take the subway to Kelvinhall Station, from there it is a short walk to Kelvingrove Museum.
Kelvingrove Museum and Art Galleries. One of Scotland’s most popular free attractions and features 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects. This includes natural history, arms and armour, art from many art movements, periods of history and much more. The most famous painting on display at Kelvingrove is the Salvador Dali masterpiece ‘Christ of St John of the Cross’. You can easily spend a few hours here admiring the art and history.
Food options here are MacTasso’s food van (Gyros), Butchershop (Steak), Ronzio Coffeehouse (Cafe), Tantrum Doughnuts (Coffee and dessert), Brew Dog (beer and food).
After this, walk along the tree lined Kelvin Way and take a left onto University Avenue. You are now on the grounds of University of Glasgow. At the top of the hill, enter via the Main Gate on your left, and follow the signs to The Cloisters. Take in the Gothic style architecture here before visiting the Hunterian Museum.
Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum, dedicated to William Hunter, is the oldest museum in Scotland. It showcases his extensive collection and artefacts. The Hunterian Art Gallery is across the road when you head back out of the Main Gate.
Walk down University Avenue and take a right onto Byres Road which is full of great restaurants and shops. Make sure you stop at Ashton Lane for a drink. At the end of Byres Road there is the Botantical Gardens. A great place to take a stroll, if the weather isn’t the best, then there is an indoor Glass House, Kibble Palace that houses exotic plants.
Food options here are Ubiquitous Chip (Scottish), Hillhead Bookclub (quirky cafe), Ka Pao (Asian), Waitrose (picnic supplies to eat in the Botanics).
Then walk along Great Western Road to the Kelvinbridge subway station to return to Munro Haven Apartments or take an Uber to Riverside Museum.
Food options here are Non Viet Hai (Vietnamese), Bread Meats Bread (Burger), Paesano (Pizza).
The Riverside Museum’s building is a beautiful display of modern architecture. It is free entry, displaying a history of all things related to transport. Think planes, trains, cars, etc.
The Clydeside Distillery is close. Learn how single malt whisky is made in tasting tour.
For dinner and drinks, go to an area known as Finnieston. It’s the stretch of Argyle Street, starting from The Gannet to The Brass Monkey.
From here, walking back to the city is possible, but take a taxi if you managed to see everything on our list in one day!
Glasgow City Centre
Start with a hearty breakfast at La Bonne Auberge or Cafe Hula.
Then walk towards Glasgow Cathedral via Cathedral Street passing the grounds of University of Strathclyde.
Glasgow Cathedral was built in 1197, this makes it one of the oldest buildings in Scotland.
Combine this visit with a walk up Glasgow Necropolis which is located behind the cathedral. It is a Victorian cemetery with great views over the city.
Walk down to Tennent Caledonian Breweries where they brew Scotland’s best-selling pale lager for a tour of their factory.
From here, walk down High Street, passing our favourite fish and chips place in the city, Merchant Chippie. This area is known as Merchant City, restaurants and bars are aplenty in this part of town.
Food options in this area are, The Wilson Street Pantry (a chill brunch place), Cafe Gandolfi (often famed for the best haggis in town), Purrple Cat Cafe (for the cat lovers).
Walk towards Glasgow Green, the oldest park right in the city. Within the park, The People’s Palace Museum covers Glasgow’s social history. You can stop at WEST Brewery for a drink, and some German cuisine.
Now it is time to walk back into the centre of the city, via Merchant City towards George Square. Glasgow City Chambers is here, it currently houses council offices, but there are guided tours to see the ornate interiors, which we highly recommend you see.
Free Public tours are conducted twice per day at 10.30am and 2.30pm Monday – Friday. Tickets for the tour can be obtained from the City Chambers reception desk 30 minutes prior to each tour commencing. The tickets are issued on a first come first served basis, no booking allowed.
Food options here are, Paesano (Pizza), Anchor Line (Scottish.
After this, head down to The Gallery of Modern Art. Probably the most photographed location of Glasgow. Funnily, not because of the the art gallery, but the statue of The Duke of Wellington with a traffic cone as a hat. The museum itself is free to enter.
A true testament to the incorrigible Glaswegian sense of humour, the Duke always sports a cone on his head due to a challenge by students on a night out from the 1980’s. Whenever officials remove the cone, it has become a traditional practice in the city to put it back.
Food options, The Ivy (decor is instagram worthy), Miller and Carter (steak house), The Willow Tea Rooms (for fans of Charles Rennie Mackintosh designs).
Walk down Buchanan Street, this is the main shopping street of Glasgow. Escape down Mitchell Lane to access The Lighthouse. This is a Charles Rennie Mackintosh building and is currently being used as an exhibition space for design. It has an amazing viewpoint of the city, get the lift to the viewing platform, or climb the spiral stairs to the top.
Sugo (pasta), Taco Mazama (Buritos), Topolabamba (Mexican), Bread Meats Bread (Burgers).
Return back to Buchanan Street for shopping, check out Princes Square shopping centre, and Buchanan Galleries, a shopping centre for even more retail therapy.
Alternatively, whisky fans can head to The Pot Still which is a pub also known as whisky heaven.
Dinner suggestions in the city include Ardnamurchan (Scottish), Red Onion (Scottish), Yiamas (Greek).
No trip to Scotland will be complete without visiting the Scottish Highlands.
Luckily Glasgow isn’t too far from it and there are several companies that do day tours there. I would also recommend to book with Rabbies, as they use mini buses rather than large coaches.
The tour that goes to Glencoe and Oban is a great one, leaving the city at 9am and returning at 6pm. If you are a fan of Outlander then they also have Outlander themed tours! Prices start from around £30 per person and certainly beats renting a car and driving up! Contact us directly as we have an exclusive discount code for them.