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Scotland - Glasgow Attractions, Hotels and Restaurants

Scotland - Glasgow Attractions, Hotels and Restaurants

Glasgow is the other of the two biggest and intriguing cities in Scotland. Its rich history and contribution to the world over the centuries demonstrates Glasgow is a city which has always punched above its weight. No trip to Glasgow is complete without a kilt of MacGregor & MacDuff. Our intern, Mark Zwerus, named a few attractions, hotels and restaurants.
 
 
Attractions
 
 
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
 
The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has over 8000 outstanding works from almost every famous artist in the world. You can walk around yourself or take a guided tour or an audio tour to get more information about the artist or the works. 
 
The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel
 
As the name suggests, the Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel is situated on the river Clyde. This very modern building tells the tales of our current ways of transport and how it got to the current state. Walk among the very first trains or take a look at the first bicycles.
 
City Chambers
 
In the center, on George’s Square, are the City Chambers. They still serve as the town hall even though they are over 100 years old. The interior reflects this perfectly as the building is furnished like it would have been 100 years ago. The tour guides are very enthusiastic and share everything with great interest.
 glasgow chambers
Scotland Street School Museum
 
Designed by Charles Rennie Macintosh, The Scotland Street School Museum is one of the city’s architectural highlights. It tells the story of the rapid evolution and development of Scottish schools in the 20th century with a particular focus on classrooms and subjects
 
Tennents Wellpark Brewery
 
Tennents welcomes you into their very first, and still operational, brewery to take a look behind the scenes of a 450 year old beer. They take you on a tour through time to experience their exquisite brewing from long ago to the present day. See the machines up close while the tour guides explain what the machines do and how they evolved over the years.
 
 
Hotels
 
 
Grand Central Hotel 
 
Grand Central Hotel is a four star hotel in the middle of the city and every attraction in the city is within walking distance. The interior focusses mainly on elegance and that is clearly noticeable from the moment you set foot in the hotel. The rooms are exactly like that, very attractive and well appointed.
 
ABode Glasgow
 
The four star ABode hotel is located within a roman building with lots of pillars. It is situated in the lively city center. The lobby is elegant and the old fashioned elevator is an exquisite touch. The rooms are very well decorated and very relaxing to make sure you can have the best experience.
 ABode hotel
The Sandyford Hotel
 
The Sandyford Hotel is a three star hotel and very close to the city centre. The rooms are decorated in a modern style and the lobby is appealing. The pillars in the middle of the lobby contribute to the style of the hotel. As an alternative to walking to and from the hotel, the HopOn bus stops just outside the hotel.
 
Blythswood Square
 
Glasgow is Edinburgh's edgier brother and, as such to stay in a Georgian townhouse, in the former red-light district, could make for an interesting dinner party conversation in the future.  Once the clubhouse of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club, that spirit lives on in the hotel's chandeliered common areas, while bedrooms feature a blood red lampshade in the window - a cheeky nod to the neighbourhood's history.
 
Restaurants
 
 
Two Fat Ladies At The Buttery
 
The Two Fat Ladies A The Buttery offers more than a quirky name. The quality of the food is sublime (the roast supreme is one of my favourites) and the service is outstanding. The atmosphere is very pleasant and the waiters are dressed in traditional clothing.
 
 
The Western Club Restaurant
 
The Western Club is extraordinarily luxurious. The food is fantastic and I highly recommend the sirloin of Buccleuch beef. The quiet atmosphere makes this the ideal place for a calm and peaceful dinner in the city center of Glasgow.
 
Hutchesons City Grill
 
Located inside a converted hospital, Hutchesons City Grill lets you eat your meal in style. The atmosphere is very relaxed and soothing and the knowledgeable staff put their heart and soul into the food, which is mostly beef.
hutchesons

Scotland - Edinburgh Attractions, Hotels and Restaurants

Scotland offers a lot of highlights in its cities. The most known city is without a doubt Edinburgh. This thrilling big city has so many amazing attractions that you almost can’t go to Scotland without seeing Edinburgh. In this blog, our intern Mark Zwerus, who has been in the city numerous times,  will share his recommendations with you.
 

Top attractions in Edinburgh
 
 
Edinburgh Castle
 
Edinburgh Castle is one of the most iconic castles in Scotland. This magnificent castle is absolutely worth the visit as it houses the National Museum of War, the Crown Jewels and the Royal Palace and many more attractions all related to the history of Scotland and its residents.
 
National museum of Scotland
 
The National Museum of Scotland exhibits treasures found from all over the world and tells the story of global history. The museum has nine galleries, each with their own theme and with treasures on exhibition.
 national museum of scotland
Palace of Holyroodhouse
 
The Palace of Holyroodhouse houses a museum where you can learn everything about the Scottish royal families and their legacy. The Great Gallery houses portraits of the family painted by Jacob de Wet.
 
The Royal Mile
 
Located in the centre of Old Town, this road, that is exactly one Scottish mile (which is longer than an Imperial Mile) long, leads from Edinburgh Castle to the palace of Holyroodhouse. The road features many architecturally significant buildings and shops where you can buy typical Scottish whiskey or a kilt and much more.
 
The Whisky Experience
 
On the Royal Mile, you will find the Whisky Experience. You can take a tour through time and see the development of Scotch whisky and see the huge collection of different whiskies all kept there. Or you can become proficient in making whisky during the trainings they give. Afterwards you can try all different kinds of whisky for yourself in the restaurant. 
 

Hotels
 
 
The Howard
 
The Howard offers exceptional service and very large, comfortable and old-fashioned rooms. The five star hotel is within walking distance of the buzzing centre and Stockbridge.
  the howard
The Bonham
 
The Bonham Hotel oozes Scottish charm and culture and is within walking distance of the city centre. The exterior conceals the traditional interior of the hotel. The rooms in this four star hotel are modern with a classical finishing touch to make them look unique.
 
The Old Waverley
 
The Old Waverley is a very centrally located three star hotel in the middle of New Town (the new part of the city). The hotel’s restaurant is well regarded and has a relaxing vibe, even in the buzzing center. The rooms are above three star standards and very comfortable. The location of the hotel also offers a great view of Old Town’s skyline at night.
 
The Balmoral
 
In Edinburgh your address is everything, is what you realise as you navigate your way through one of the city's most prestigious, The Balmoral - at the confluence of the old town and the new.  Part of the Rocco Forte collection, it boasts 188 grand suites. You eat one of the best meals in their Michelin-starred restaurant, and experienced Scottish sophistication at its best with the hotel's collection of over 400 Scottish whiskies.
 

Restaurants
 
 
The Table
 
Enjoy high quality Scottish food in a relaxed atmosphere in The Table. The delicious dishes such as specialties like wild venison with parsley from the Scottish Highlands are prepared as you talk and interact with the friendly chef who enjoys sharing his passion with you.
 the table 2
Forage And Chatter
 
Forage And Chatter is a restaurant with outstanding staff and food. The wild duck they serve is excellent and the presentation is top quality. Furthermore, the restaurant has a soothing and peaceful atmosphere and feels really picturesque in as large a city as Edinburgh.
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