October 14-18, 2023

“Scotland is a picturesque country where the people are friendly yet completely incomprehensible. Also, the national delicacy is a sheep’s stomach filled with its liver, lungs, and heart.” – Adam Schlesinger

During our Europe travels we decided to road trip around Scotland. We had 5 days to take in this incredible country and that wasn’t nearly enough time.


We arrived in Glasgow, our final stop of Scotland in early evening.  Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland, and the third most populous city in the United Kingdom.  It is known for its stunning architecture, vibrant arts scene, and friendly locals.  Some say it reminds them of Pittsburgh I would say it reminds me of San Francisco a bit. It’s large, near water, has the city hustle, lively streets, a bit dirty, and chic bars and restaurants while maintaining history.

We stayed at Motel One a central modern hotel next to Glasgow Central train station.  For our short stay in this town we were in walking distance or a short uber ride to everywhere we went.  We headed out for dinner with no idea where our night would take us.  But we found some locals who showed us around and here is a list of the gems we stopped into.

Spots in Glasgow

Drum & Monkey – Grand pub built in the 1920s in an American style, once a bank, now serving real ales and pub food.  We had dinner here. Very Scotish feel and the true Scotish accents are thick here.  Food was as you would expect for a pub.

Blue Dog – Classic contemporary cocktails and live jazz in an environment with well-worn nighttime character.  This place was great to people watch and the music was fantastic the night we were there.

Oran Mor – Formerly Kelvinside Parish Church, Òran Mór, Gaelic for ‘great melody of life’ or ‘big song’, is a thriving arts & entertainment venue in the heart of Glasgow’s West End. Very cool spot!

The Howlin’ Wolf – Cool bar with live blues bands plus burgers, pizzas and Southern US food with a British touch.

Slouch – Hearty food and drink in rock bar with leather pouffes and armchairs and rock’n’roll cocktails. Best Bar None Gold Award Winners (2011-2021)

Paesano Pizza – Wood-fired, artisan pizzas from open kitchen in industrial space with wall tiles and sharing tables.  This place was so freaking good!!! 

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