A Special Weekend Getaway to Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow is a city ever-changing as modern influences are popping up to further enrich this city of stunning Victorian architecture, making it a vibrant place perfect for young couples or anyone looking to have unbridled fun. For a weekend getaway, Glasgow is the perfect place to let your hair down and forget the stresses of day-to-day living.

Barras on Gallowgate

Nothing says weekend getaway better than time spent at an indoor/outdoor flea market bustling with people. More than a thousand stalls are at your disposal. Crowds of people move about in search of antiques, fruits and vegetables, and maybe even a Scottish kilt. The atmosphere is both festive and invigorating as you go in search of that one thing you just have to have.

Glasgow Cathedral

If you like gothic architecture, this magnificent cathedral should be on your list of places to see. Its looming presence conjures images of medieval knights and spirits of the past, casting out a feeling of doom before you ever walk in the wooden doors. Once inside you’ll see the beauty of the tall, slender stained-glass windows and figures representing the Seven Deadly Sins. Its cavernous interior and beautifully detailed columns will take your breath away and perhaps send a shiver down your spine.

Uisge Beatha (Water of Life) Pub and Loon Fung Cantonese Seafood Restaurant

Take a break for a drink at the Uisge Beatha pub where you can choose from a large collection of ales and more than 125 single malts to wet the palate. Its dark interior reveals four rooms with a quirky blend of church pews and animal heads mounted on the walls. If you’re looking to make the most of your weekend holiday, you’ll have a blast hanging out here for a while.

For an authentic Cantonese meal, Loon Fung restaurant offers up an extensive menu of seafood and dim sum dishes. Its decadent decor is more inviting than off-putting. You may even hear karaoke coming from one of its four private suites. The menu offers standard Western fare along with truly unique Chinese dishes.

The Tall Ship, Glenlee

There’s something about a massive three-masted ship sitting in the harbour of Glasgow. The Glenlee is simply known as the Tall Ship. She is 245 feet long and first sailed in 1896. She is now one of only five Clydebuilt sailing ships in the world that still remain afloat. Aboard there is a mini cinema and a play area in the cargo hold for young pirates. You can explore the entire ship, take part in a mouse hunt, and learn about the ships history.

Your weekend retreat to Glasgow is sure to be one you’ll want to take again because there is so much more to see and do. You may just have too much fun and find it hard to leave in the first place. But don’t worry, it will be waiting for your return.

Bio: Ross is a freelance travel writer who writes at http://blog.netflights.com/ and who’s hometown is Glasgow