The first time I went to Glasgow, I was poor and tried to find the cheapest way possible to get there. This ended up being a long overnight bus to Glasgow which left London at 11 pm and arrived in the city at 7 am. Following the night bus ride, I thought it would be great to do a tour of the highlands! Not realising that the tour that I had picked was yet another 12 hours on the road. Needless to say I was thankful that the most recent trip was a little different, fewer buses, no lack of sleep and an apartment where I did not stumble upon someone sleeping in my hostel bed at 3 am in the morning.

Normally I am a huge fan of hostels but as there was a big group of us travelling we opted for an Airbnb and this time we stayed in a trendy area called Merchants City. It’s a lively location with loads of bars and restaurants.

Our Airbnb host recommended to head over to Merchant Squares when it rains (which is highly likely in Scotland), it’s indoor (bonus) and has a range of good restaurants and bars. We also tried Gandolfi fish as you can tell by the name it is a fish restaurant (doesn’t offer many alternatives than fish), Home (pub/ bar), the Old Hairdressers (bar) and Bavarian beer hall.

Other areas we headed out to were Kelvingrove and the West End but unfortunately everything was pretty much closed on New Year’s day! The gardens at Kelvingrove were picturesque and Kelvingrove Art and Gallery and the University some great architecture.

Road Trip

In my opinion, a trip to Scotland isn’t complete without a trip to the highlands and lochs. We rented a car and headed to Loch Lomond area which is a 45-minute drive from Glasgow. In typical Scotish spirit it was pouring down with rain, it did create some interesting photo’s as you can see

Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond

We tried to chase a few waterfalls along the way like Falls of Dochart.

Falls of Dochart
Falls of Dochart

Our next waterfall was a long Dukes Pass and accidentally saw Glenfinnan Viaduct ‘Harry Potter – Hogwarts train’.


Duke’s pass is one of the windiest roads I have driven on and would have been a great place for photos if there was a safe place to pull over.

Dukes pass
Dukes pass

Finally, we got to where I thought Little Fawn Waterfall was which is meant to be an impressive double waterfall in a wooded setting not far from the Lodge. I think we drove past it!

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Glasgow and Road Trip of the Highlands
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