Scotland

“We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation.” ― Voltaire


Scotland is a new page and content is being added on a regular basis.  Coming soon, for example, is information on :

Angels Share Hotel Edinburgh | Cafe Andeluz | Castle Rock | City Sightseeing | Edinburgh | Glasgow | Highlands | Le Monde Hotel | Oban | Rosslyn Chapel | Trespass Performance Outdoor Clothing |  Ubiquitous Chip Restaurant…and more


Current Table of Contents :  Getting There | Airport Express | CitizenM Hotel | Gallery of Modern Art | Glasgow Cathedral | Necropolis | Royal Exchange Square


“Poetry, the reading of it, the writing of it, the saying it out loud, the learning of it off by heart…all of this matters deeply to ordinary Scottish people everywhere.” ― Liz Lockheed

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Getting There.  There are a number of airlines which fly into Scotland’s Glasgow International, many of them via London’s Heathrow.  If you live in a US city served by Icelandair, particularly the major metropolitan ones on the East Coast, you may want to take advantage of their Stopover Program, allowing you to stay in Reykjavik for up to 7 days at no additional cost before you connect to your onward travel to the UK.  It’s easily one of the best travel programs one can find.


Once you have arrived and collected your luggage, you will need to make arrangements for transport to the downtown area.  There are myriad options and Glasgow International’s website provides comprehensive information.  If you’re staying near Buchanan Bus Station, located in the city centre across from the Royal Concert Hall, you’re in luck.  The city’s Glasgow Airport Express :

― operates every 10 minutes;
― is reasonably priced at £ 7.50 for a single trip or, as of this writing, CAN$ 12.53 / € 8.83 / US$ 9.40;
― is £ 10.00 for round trip travel within 28 days; and
― journeys to the centre in under 30 minutes.

Tickets may be purchased at the information booth near stance 1, or you may obtain the ticket directly from the driver.  The buses are clean, feature ample storage for luggage, have free wi-fi and each seat features USB ports.

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Hip, modern, and reasonably priced, one cannot go wrong with CitizenM Hotels.  Their Glasgow location redefines cool without the trappings of self-awareness and was, hands down, the greatest hotel experience in my travel adventures.  It’s as if the editors of Wallpaper* Magazine had been given blank canvases and been asked to design the ideal, communal living space.  The rooms, although compact, are brilliantly designed and feature personalized iPads which allow you to control ambient light for the shower pods, lights, music, room temperature, and window blinds.  There are myriad, pre-set moods, too, for specific lighting and music combinations.  The lounges scattered throughout the first and second floors invite long conversations, more often than not well into sunrise.  The hotel’s cantina is located on the second floor and features coffee beverages to order, great breakfasts, take away available 24 hours a day, and a bar staff next to none.  The entire staff, in fact, completely redefines excellent customer service.


Walking a fine line between a museum dedicated to modern art and an institution celebrating an irreverent view towards authority and quirkiness is the city’s Gallery of Modern Art, known for the statue of the Duke of Wellington with a traffic cone on his head greeting visitors at the entrance.


Looming large over the city is Glasgow Cathedral, or St. Mungo’s, named after the Scottish patron saint.  Haunting, foreboding but ultimately beautiful, the Cathedral, built in the 12th century, is a must-see as is its adjacent Necropolis Cemetery.


Looming on the hills in Glasgow, adjacent to Glasgow Cathedral, is the city’s Necropolis Cemetery.  Modeled after the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise in Paris, this Victorian burial-place is accessed via the Bridge of Sighs.  Winding paths will take you passed more than 3,000 ornate headstones and monuments and the views across the city are spectacular.  With Glasgow’s ever-changing weather patterns, don’t be surprised if your stroll through the cemetery is characterized by drizzle, fog and then unexpected bursts of sunshine.


Royal Exchange Square :