Living in Glasgow on my own was not only challenging but exciting! I was living in Anniesland close to the West End, an area near art galleries and with easy access to the main city. Exploring the nearby areas I found ‘Finnieston’ an area similar to Shoreditch with cute bars and restaurants. When I was out with friends we started a night with drinks at ‘The Finnieston’, we sat in their recently refurbished beer garden in cool Alice in wonderland' style chairs sipping cocktails under the outdoor heaters (definitely necessary in Scotland!). We explored another few of the bars and stopped by traditional Glaswegian pub ‘Ben Nevis’ which is worth a visit just to see some scary locals. Later it was only a short easy walk to the station and we ended up getting the Scot Rail from Charing Cross to Glasgow Central for something to eat!
In the day exploring Buchanan Street was fun and one of my favourite things to do as a shopaholic, if shopping is your thing as it is basically Glasgow’s answer to Oxford Street. I had a visitor from home come to visit and we decided to test out Glasgow’s Hard Rock Café, however I soon realised my initial opinion on this chain of cafes was right - that I’m not a huge rock fan and visiting definitely hasn’t changed my mind! We also looked around one of the city's museums ‘the lighthouse’. Its free to visit and hosts a high up view over the city, someone had a cute idea of putting a piano that anyone can play there and the guy we saw at the time was pretty good! Later we tried a few bars my favourite being gin 71 in Anderston.
Final thing to mention if visiting Scotland is be sure to try a deep fried mars bar, yes they are as sickly as they sound. I found vanilla ice cream helped with the sweetness and I recommend sharing! You can usually find these sold in fish and chip shops, we went to the most recommended (by google) called ‘Blue Lagoon’ – located near Glasgow Central Queen Street under the bridge.