We are always looking at where we can go on a day trip, and I’m convinced we’re just challenging ourselves to see how far away from home we can get and back in a day, and have a fun day out. For Easter Friday, Glasgow was the city of choice!
It’s not a secret that we love going to Scotland, or that we enjoy a good car journey. In the last 3 weeks we have done several 200+ miles (each way) journeys. I will be doing another post soon about staying entertained on these car journeys – even adults can get bored in the car. However for now this is about going to Glasgow for the day (and returning home before the day is up).
We have been to Glasgow twice before, so we have seen most of what we want to see there anyway. This makes it a lot easier as you’re then not trying to cram a lot into a short space of time. Any trip like this will call for a super early start… Like 5am (or earlier if you want more time at your desired location).
So with a 5am wake up and a 6am start on the road, we set off for Scotland (again). We stopped at our all-time-favourite services Tebay. Tebay is a farm shop services and we love it, worth the stop if you’re driving past. After this we only stopped because I wanted a Irn Bru (I always have an Irn Bru in Scotland), before getting into Glasgow and out the car just after 10am. Not bad, 200+ miles in 4 hours with 2 stops.
Like I mentioned above we have been to Glasgow before, so we just wanted to go for a stroll around and we did. It’s such a lovely city and it stunning in the sunshine. The streets were filled with buskers and we found ourselves stopping to listen to them. The old buildings and statues make walking around really nice, we had previously been on a bus tour around Glasgow so we had seen most of it before. This just meant that we knew our way around.
It was becoming a very very warm day, which led to us getting a frozen Coke from Burger King. Not all Burger Kings do them, but they are 1000% better than any other slush (other than an Icee but we don’t have them in the UK apart from in Chessington World of Adventures). You can get either a Frozen Coke or a Frozen Fanta, and they’re easy to drink, cool you down but don’t give you a brain freeze (something to do with it being carbonated). If you find yourself getting warm, find out if your nearest Burger King sells frozen drinks.
After spending over 3 hours walking around the town, we jumped back in the car and went to Intu Breahead – a bit of indoor air-con is always a good idea on a hot day. We actually ended up playing Foosball just because it was there (and free),and enjoyed it. It has kind of made me want a foosball table though…?
We left the Intu shopping centre to head for one of our favourite places, Denny’s! Denny’s in Glasgow is a bit awkward to get to and I suppose you do need to drive to get to it. However you can never fault the food. We thought that it was going to be super busy because of the bank holiday weekend, so we booked a table just incase. However when we got there it was the total opposite, I suppose everyone must’ve been enjoying the sunshine because there was only about 5 or 6 tables of people.
We both had a breakfast – because you can always have breakfast at Denny’s, and then what we really wanted was to try the Easter pancakes! They were as nice as they look. If you’re able to get to a Denny’s before the Bank Holiday weekend is up, then do try these pancakes. They also do an Easter milkshake, but we were to full to try it, so if you do let us know if it was as nice as the pancakes please.
All full up and having walked a lot, we decided it was time to take a leisurely drive back home. We left Denny’s around 4:30/5pm (I think, I can’t fully remember the time). It was a nice drive home, the motorway back from Scotland is always such a wonderful drive because of the scenery! We did stop three times on the way back because I had really restless legs and kept wanting to just stand up. We went to Tebay (south bound) for the first time, it was nice but the North Bound services are much nicer.
We got home just before 9pm, which is good going. There were almost no cars on the roads both there and back which really helped for time. We enjoyed our day trip out to Glasgow, but it does take it’s toll and we were both absolutely shattered when we got home. Nevertheless it is doable if you are willing to get up and out early enough.