With the Glasgow schools going back this week from the summer break, I thought this would be a perfect time to look back at some of my favourite summer moments from this year. I will share with you some of my much-loved getaways, which are all less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow. Scotland has many astounding places to visit. Some of these include: ancient architect, authentic music festivals, beaches, outdoor adventures and breath-taking scenery.
I recently went on a road trip to Helensburgh, which is around a 45-minute drive from Glasgow. Helensburgh has lots to offer, including a beautiful pier and assorted shops, cafes and restaurants. It is a lovely day if you are looking for something different to do, when the sun is shining. My favourite two cafes to visit are Dino’s and Vanilla’s – which are both located across from the pier. They also include outdoor seating in the summer months, and a lot of the cafes are dog friendly.
If you are looking for a relaxing day, with fresh sea air, beautiful views and delicious ice cream – enjoy a day trip to Helensburgh.
Take a road trip to Luss:
Luss is one of my favourite places to visit in Scotland, and I took several trips this summer. It is a great day out, and there is so much you can do. Luss is situated on the western shores of Loch Lomond, and was originally known as the ‘dark village’. This is due to the mountain setting, as the shade from the mountain means there are less hours of daylight. Luss has a spectacular church, which was constructed in 1875 and was subject to major restoration work in 2001. Many interesting stones can be found in the churchyard of Luss. The earliest gravestone lies at the main entrance to the church, and is two slabs, each with a simple cross on them. They are both estimated to be from the 7th or 8th century. There is also an 11th century Viking hogback grave. Inside the church there is a lovely ceiling made from Scots pine rafters, with some beautiful Victorian stained-glass windows. Luss pier also showcases picturesque scenery of Ben Lomond. My favourite place to have something to eat is the Coach House Coffee Shop, which serve delicious homemade soup, and cakes. This is open Sunday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm. If you are looking for something more adventurous to do, Loch Lomond Leisure offer different water sports, such as water skiing and wakeboarding.
I would highly recommend a day out a Luss, with the spectacular scenery, history, lovely cafes and water sports. It makes for a fabulous day.
Climb a Munro:
I recently climbed Ben Lomond, which is 974 metres and is the most southerly of the Munro’s. I climbed Ben Lomond on a scorching summer’s day, which I felt made it more challenging. We took our time going up, and enjoyed the scenery. All the other climbers were very friendly, and I spoke to several people on the way up – and everyone encouraged each other. The view from the top was breath-taking, and makes the climb completely worth it. Take care on the way down, as it can be very rocky and muddy. On the way down I was fortunate enough to watch the sunset, which reflected of the loch.
The challenge of the climb, is completely worth the effort with the tranquility of the views at the top.
I explored the Edinburgh Fringe last weekend with friends. The Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival, and in 2018 it spanned 25 days and featured more than 55,000 performances of 3,548 shows in 317 venues. The Royal Mile was bustling with vibrant street performances, people handing out flyers and people taking in the day. The atmosphere was incredible, with so many diverse cultures all coming together showcasing different talents. The torrential rain never dampened the atmosphere, rather completely the opposite with people dancing in the rain. I walked around the Royal Mile, and took in the views of Edinburgh castle. I also enjoyed numerous street performances and shows, and had a few to many drinks in the beer gardens. I would advise to download The Official Fringe App, as this is a great way to get details about the shows. It also helps you to find shows happening near you, and allows you to book them on the move.
The Edinburgh Fringe is not to be missed. Make the most of the day, and plan some shows ahead that you want to go and see. Take in the atmosphere, and be prepared for the rain – its Scotland.
South Side Music Festival:
I enjoyed the authentic Queens Park disco session with friends this July. The concept for the event was founded in New York, with the idea to bring diverse people together with dance floor records. The sun was shining, and this made for a gorgeous evening. The ambience was chilled, friendly and everyone was out to have a good night. Think…drinks, drag, music and glitter.
This was a great evening with friends, and I can’t wait to return next summer!
Weekend Break at Skelmorlie:
I recently went away for the weekend, and stayed in the Old Nunnery with friends. This is located in Skelmorlie, which is less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow. We had beautiful sea views, of the Firth of Clyde. This allowed us to watch some lovely sunsets in the evening. Overall, this was a lovely retreat away, and is the perfect location to unwind from city life.
If you are looking for a city escape, this is the perfect location to relax.