I visited Glasgow on 15 June 2016, travelling by train from my holiday apartment in Edinburgh. It was a busy day. Firstly I visited Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis. The cathedral title is historic. Originally a Catholic cathedral, at the Reformation it became a Church of Scotland church, and the Church of Scotland doesn’t have cathedrals. It is the only Scottish mainland cathedral which was not seriously damaged by Protestant zealots at the Reformation – perhaps a comment on how much the citizens of Glasgow appreciated it.
In the afternoon I visited the Hunterian Museum in the very attractive precincts of Glasgow University, and the Kelvingrove Museum, both excellent. At the Hunterian I was particularly impressed by the Antonine Wall exhibition, and Kelvingrove is a great museum with an enormous amount to offer.
But the highlight of the day’s tour was stumbling across a range of murals, on walls and gable ends of buildings, on the cathedral side of the city. Some are four stories high. I enquired at tourist information, and some are “official”, commissioned by the council, others are unofficial. Some are of the highest quality, but unfortunately because of the Glasgow weather, I suspect they won’t last many years. I hope someone is documenting them properly.
I only scratched the surface of what there is to see. Glasgow has certainly got its act together and improved since I was a boy and lived nearby. Unfortunately the weather hasn’t improved, and the regular rain certainly limited my photography.
A very busy day. I even managed to fit in lunch with my son Tim who is working in Glasgow at the moment.