Glasgow Travel Tips: 10 Things You Should Know Before Visiting
Glasgow is one of those places that stays in your mind because of its endless charm and long list of things to do. It always leaves an impression. Here are some of the best things to do in Scotland’s largest city, which is a unique center of culture, wit, and variety.
Never think that the salt and sauce debate isn’t important.
Both salt and sauce. What a private matter. It can make or break a bite of fish and chips. If you remember only one thing about Glasgow, it should be that you should never ask for salt and sauce in a fish and chip shop or chippy. Just don’t. Edinburgh and Glasgow can’t let go of a tough, age-old debate that only makes their silly rivalry with each other worse. People from Edinburgh like salt and their own special brown sauce, while people from Glasgow like vinegar and the occasional dollop of ketchup. Adding to the whole mess, a man from Glasgow tried to sue an Edinburgh fast food place when they charged him more for ketchup. Sacrilege.
Prepare for a lot of architecture and plan your tour ahead of time.
Even if you don’t know much about architecture, you can see that Glasgow has a lot of beautiful buildings. To get the most out of your trip, plan a route ahead of time or book an official guided tour. Expect to see a lot of different kinds of architecture, from the Scottish Gothic Glasgow Cathedral and the Carrara marble in the City Chambers to the Spanish Baroque exterior of Kelvingrove, the futuristic Riverside Museum designed by Zaha Hadid, and buildings by Alexander “Greek” Thomson. In the same way, embrace the rumors and famous mark of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, whose buildings and works can be found all over the city.
Try to spend a lot of money on shopping.
Save like there’s no tomorrow before going. When you get there, go crazy on the “Style Mile,” a square mile of shops right in the middle of the city. There’s a shop for everyone, with everything from swanky treats and high-street trends to custom tailoring, trendy home accessories, and avant-garde trinkets. People who like used and old things will love the crazy number of vintage shops.
Don’t challenge the “taps off” way of thinking
Even though “taps aff” is done all over Scotland, no place does it better than good old Glasgow. Glaswegians like to take off their top layers, even when it’s sunny, hot, rainy, or very cold. People also do this when something good happens, like when they hear very exciting news or when their favorite sports team wins. So, the lesson of the story is that you shouldn’t question it. Embrace it!
Plan on eating your way through India
Glasgow is known as the “Curry Capital” of the UK, so it would be rude to go there and not try some of the great Indian food. Seriously. From the famous Shish Mahal, which claims to have invented chicken tikka masala, to the Chaakoo Bombay Café, which serves a delicious mix of Irani and Indian food, and The Little Curry House, you can literally eat your way through India by trying the many dishes on offer.
Know that Loch Lomond is very close.
Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s many beautiful places, is just a short hop, skip, and jump from Glasgow. This makes Glasgow even more beautiful. This loch in the Trossachs National Park looks like something from another world. It is only 47 minutes from Glasgow and has beautiful Scottish scenery and the chance to climb Ben Lomond, which is a Munro.
Accept the munchy box as it is and give it a try.
Not only that, but have fun! The “munchy box” is Glasgow’s pride and joy. When you think about it, it’s a pretty smart idea. Imagine a takeout pizza box that is full of all the good stuff. That’s a munchy box! It has kebab meat, chicken tikka, pakora, coleslaw, pizza, fried chicken, onion rings, garlic bread, chips, and whatever else they can think of. With an estimated 3000 calories, what’s not to like?
Prepare to have art coming out of your ears.
Edinburgh gets all the credit for being an artistic city because of the Fringe, but Glasgow is also a place where art is made. There are a lot of creative people in this city. The Scottish Ballet, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Opera, and National Theatre of Scotland are all based here. In turn, you won’t see as much street art or art galleries anywhere else in Scotland. Between the GoMA, The Burrell, Kelvingrove, and the dozens of small galleries all over the city, Glasgow is full of art.
Pick your side.
Glasgow really cares about its football scene. You should do the same when you explore. This city is home to two teams that play against each other: Rangers F.C. and Celtic F.C., which are known as “The Old Firm” as a group. Both teams may be the most popular and successful in Scotland. Just be aware that locals are very serious about their teams, so be sure to mind your Ps and Qs!
Prepare for the hilarious sense of humor
Glasgow is known as one of the friendliest cities in the world, so you don’t have to worry about an unwanted “Glasgow Kiss.” Not only are people from Glasgow very friendly, but they also have a sense of humor like no other. Whether you’re having a pint at a local pub, asking for directions, or just mingling, be prepared to laugh until your sides hurt at their uncontrollable ways and jokey tones. Even if you don’t fully understand The Patter, a local dialect, you can always translate a smile.
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