Like many tourists, when we road-tripped around Scotland, we sadly missed out on the chance to see Glasgow. So here to tell us all about it is Kirstin from the tinberry travels, who is now living in Glasgow…
1. Could you tell us a little about yourself and where you come from?
Hi everyone, I am Kirstin of the tinberry travels! I’m a Scottish blogger writing about travels both at home and abroad. I’m originally from South Lanarkshire in Scotland, a place very few people have ever heard of but I now call the ever popular city of Glasgow my home.
2. How long have you lived in Glasgow? And what brought you here?
I first made the move to Glasgow when at university a decade ago and while I’ve lived in other places in the short term, this is now very much my home!
3. What do you love most about Glasgow?
Glasgow has so much to offer travellers, from culture and arts to a vibrant nightlife scene. I think people often forget how big Glasgow is and while there are so many sights in the city centre, travelling to the lively West End or even some of the suburbs offers a whole host of unique attractions. I think I love the diversity of Glasgow and its abundance of green space but also that it has such a proud industrial heritage.
4. Is there anything that frustrates or annoys you when tourists visit Scotland?
I always think it’s sad that when tourists come to Scotland their first question is: “Do I visit Glasgow or Edinburgh?”. As well as people forgetting the many other places in Scotland, there is always instantly this competition with Edinburgh. For me, they don’t compare. These two great cities couldn’t be more different in both geography and atmosphere and since they are only a 45min train journey apart, you can easily visit both on even a short trip. Also, depending on where travellers have come from, Glasgow sometimes gets a bad reputation for being unsafe. Like any city in the world there are some spots that are nicer than others but Glasgow is actually an amazingly welcoming place and has been voted Europe’s Friendliest City on multiple occasions, so I don’t know where the reputation comes from!
5. In your opinion, which places should be at the top of any visitor’s wishlist in Glasgow?
Kelvingrove Museum is always top of people’s wish lists and it totally should be. It is an amazing place that you can just get lost in for hours. Glasgow also has some fantastic street art and a tour of some of the murals around the city is a great way to send a few hours while getting a feel for the place. There are also lots of historic buildings around Glasgow and making sure to squeeze in some time to understand the city’s past will always help visitors appreciate the city. Also look out for our iconic statue with a cone on its head – some top Glaswegian humour right there.
6. What foods must visitors eat when in Scotland?
Scotland is famous for haggis and whisky and I highly recommend both while you’re here. But there are so many more things to try from flavoursome meals such as Cullen skink or smoked salmon, to sugary treats like tablet, macaroons or Irn-Bru. Glasgow in particular is actually now one of the best places in the UK for vegan food so if that’s your scene, there will be plenty of options for you.
7. What’s your favourite Scottish word? Why? What does it mean?
“Ceilidh” pronounced “Kay-Lee”.
A ceilidh is a night filled with traditional Scottish dancing, a band and it’s a very lively affair. We have ceilidhs to celebrate events such as Scottish national days like Burns Night or St Andrew’s Day but also at birthday parties, graduations and at weddings!
8. If you could describe your hometown in just one sentence, what would you say?
I think I’ll summarise with a phrase: “a dear green place”. This is the meaning of the name Glasgow in Scottish Gaelic and has become the city’s motto. It refers to the many beautiful parks and gardens that can be found throughout Glasgow.
9. If tourists were to know one thing about the Scottish culture, what should that be?
Scottish people are very proud of their Scottishness. Don’t call us English! A lot of people mistake this as a political view but actually it’s just factually inaccurate. The UK is made up of four countries: Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They’re all separate countries but do form a union within the UK. Scottish people can be Scottish, Scots (never Scotch) or in a wider view British or from the UK. England is its own country and confusing the two might set you off on the wrong foot with the locals.
Thanks Kirstin – we’ve loved getting to know you and Glasgow better! If you want to hear more from our Glasgow local, check out her blog, the tinberry travels, or follow her on social:
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