Glasgow and a Day Trip to Edinburgh

Dave and I lived in Glasgow for a year back in 2005 and fell in love with the city and Scotland as a whole. We were so excited to return and Lillian was also very excited to come back to the country where she was born (in Dundee.)

We had a fantastic apartment for a week in the Kelvingrove area of Glasgow that made our stay even more special. This place won all our awards for best accommodation of the trip (minus friends’ and family homes!)

One of these is our home for the week in Glasgow.

Our apartment was on the corner.

The apartment had amazing big windows and was the most fully equipped rental we’ve had.

Glasgow apartment

Living and dining room

On our first night we couldn’t work out how to get the oven to turn on but that just meant we got to have take away from our favourite Indian place Mother India’s Cafe. It was as delicious as always. (And we did eventually work out the oven.)

The good thing about visiting a place where you have spent a lot of time before is that you don’t feel a great need to rush about and see everything. We had a leisurely week but we did still visit a few places and caught up with some old friends.

Dave explaining the Kelvin Scale

Dave explaining the Kelvin Scale to the kids

The Scotland Street School Museum was a great place to visit with the kids and we got to ride Glasgow’s awesome orange subway to get there.


On the clockwork orange

The museum is in a Charles Rennie Mackintosh building and was actually an operating school for many years. There are classrooms set up as they were in various eras. We were there on a school day and shared the place with some students on an excursion. This was great as we got to see them dress up and be ‘taught’ by an old style teacher. She was a bit scary!

writing with chalk

Lil writes on a chalk board.

On other days we visited the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery and the People’s Palace. The Kelvingrove Museum is an old fashioned wonder house. It’s been there since 1901 (it was being renovated when we lived in Glasgow) and has all sorts of exhibits including a stuffed elephant over 100 years old. We were explaining the concept of taxidermy to Edward for days after our visit. He thinks it’s a bit rude.

Kelvingrove Museum

Kelvingrove Museum

The People’s Palace is another good sized museum for kids. It has exhibits showing what life was like in Glasgow in the ‘olden days’ as well as more recent times. I particularly enjoyed the exhibit about the demolition of the Red Road Flats.

You can’t visit Scotland without visiting Edinburgh and it’s an easy day trip from Glasgow. We caught the train which takes about an hour each way. The city looked gorgeous, seen from the castle, all set up for Christmas with the markets, ferris wheel and giant swing ride. I would have loved to go on that swing but the crowds were crazy.

sea view

Edinburgh view from the castle


Ed at the castle

Our week in Glasgow was over all too soon but we weren’t leaving Scotland just yet – it was on to Dundee!


2 Responses to “Glasgow and a Day Trip to Edinburgh”

  1. 1 Emma December 8, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Ahhh… I remember Mother India!

    Will has been following along with the photos and loves seeing what you guys are up to, such a contrast in your winter clothes now.

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