A weekend on the Isle of Arran At long last. I’ve been waiting years to spend enough of a spell on the Isle of Arran to produce a blog that does it justice. The island’s incredible proximity to the central belt of Scotland makes it advantageous territory for day trips and, as such, my visits…
Glasgow City Apartments ♥ ££
401 North Woodside Road, Glasgow Scotland UK Ph. 0141 342 4060 firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s always a gamble when you try a new place to stay. I really wanted a fairly decent 3 star in the West End of Glasgow. This accommodation promised a good location and basic amenities.
I stayed in a single studio apartment that actually ended up having two beds. This is sometimes a good thing if one bed is sub par, the other may be slightly better. Not the case.
Location is the main selling point of this establishment. It is in the Kelvin Bridge area, directly across from the subway station. There is access to the river Kelvin which paths feeds into the astounding Kelvingrove park and is close to the University of Glasgow. The neighbourhood is fairly safe and has a lot of cuisine to choose from, and not too far from Ashton Lane area with cinema.
The basics are represented in this apartment. There is a small kitchenette with a small array of dishes, pans, cutlery, microwave and refrigerator. There is a ironing board.
First impressions did not change over the four day stay. Upon entering I was hit with wall of bleach smell, and the sheets left me a bit itchy. The decor is typical for this kind of a set up, but of course the worst part was the beds. I don’t know why hotel and service apartment owners will not invest in a decent bed. They one thing any traveler really needs is a good bed. This will always get them a bad review, and the bed is cheaper than some other improvements. The carpeting had stretched out and was creating huge wrinkles that you needed to watch.
Clean. Quiet for the most part. The bathroom had recently been remodelled. However I am not a big fan of the at the source heaters that control the water pressure and temp as a whole unit. You really should have taps for that. The shower pressure was never really right. The door to the new stall kept opening during showers. I will be letting the establishment know. The rest of the facilities were in good order.
The kitchenette was very functional and clean when I arrived, the fridge and microwave worked well for me. I did not cook any full meals there, just used the fridge and hot pot for coffee making. It comes with a small stove.
Remember to clean and vacuum before you go or you will be charged a fee.
I had been looking forward to revisiting the Glasgow Mural walk for some time and was not disappointed. This walk features a great many murals all over the city with many of them being situated in the City Centre and outlying areas. There is a map you can download and print out, as well as just keeping your eyes peeled as there are many other murals that just keep popping up and unless you are a local, would not be aware of them and where they are situated. Check in out of the way spaces like under the bridges and lots.
These colourful depictions of life and interpretation have become such a part of the landscape, it’s hard to notice that some are suffering the sad realisation that wind and elements are taking their toll. To my relief I had not seen any of the murals suffering from deliberately being altered, although some other tagging and art seemed to be butting up against some of them. Street art is highly respected by fellow artists, and street art has a huge fan base. Indeed, as in other great mural and street art works from around the world, the sides of buildings are slowing giving away and altering some of the murals. Some artists see this as part of the landscape, that the art itself will have to show time. Good news is more are being created, including some new ones dedicated to the comic Billy Connolly.
Start with the City Centre and follow the circuit. You will see a great many parts of the city and get a good healthy urban hike. Don’t forget to stop off at some great restaurants and pubs along the way. Wear sturdy walking shoes. Happy hunting.
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It’s early in the morning and I have been flying for 9 hours. I am sitting in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, which has to be one of the quietest airports I have been in, staring at insane green tile. I have a ridiculous 3 hour layover and flew just past my destination, Glasgow. Such is the traveling life. I can’t wait, it’s been a year and I have so much planned for this trip. I will do my best to cover ground that got missed last trip and revisit some local hidden places and anything free and alternative in between.
When you find a really great city that just feels like a great adventure, you can cram the few days you have there with so many activities and end up with your body flat on the couch at the service apartment, exhausted beyond belief. That’s what happened last year, and I expect it to happen again this week. I’ve been in endurance training for the last 3 years because I planned some travel, and it still may not be enough. I think it’s the traveling excitement we all get, you explore every inch you can in a short space of time, because you don’t live there. Last year I spent most of my time in the City Centre/ Clyde Side and West end. I decided this time to stay in the West End, the first 4 days to recover from jet lag and really try to know the city a bit better.
Glasgow is great for day excursions outside of the city to historical sites and a land filled with mountains. Stay tuned as I take and review a tour for you. Glasgow is the perfect travel hub, taking my flights out to Dublin and back, then off to Skye after a few days, then ending with Edinburgh Fringe. Each time coming back and spending a few days at Scotland’s biggest city. I hope this plan allows me to keep exploring places that the locals know, the hidden great people and things places that aren’t in guide books. I’ll be sharing that with you in the coming weeks.
I guess it’s also because this has been a rough year for many of us on this blue ball. I feel the need to take a three week asylum out of the US and see and meet people with some different mindsets than some of the locals where I live. I need to be out in a world that may think a bit less isolated, however we seem to have a growing trend in the world of isolationism. I hope that we can all be open and fight this trend. Stay tuned as I explore every inch of what I can in these fine cities this trip and share them with you.
And here you have it, in a nutshell to get a taste of London
Kennetpans Distillery Having spent some time in the spring touring around underrated Clackmannanshire, one of the things that lingered on my to-do list was a deeper exploration of Kennetpans Distillery. Truly the stuff of historians’ dreams, this seemingly insignificant ruin by the River Forth is nothing of the sort and it can be looked upon…