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    Sauchiehall Street observations......

    by Bennytheball Written Sep 22, 2013

    Walking back from Glasgow's west end to the city centre to catch my bus home, I decide to check the efficiency of my keyring spy camera and obtain reality impromptu street photo footage, the results are quite pleasing, I photograph a "big issue" seller (homeless person's money maker"), the ubiquitous eastern European beggar with plastic cup, a man with aggressive face returning my curious stare, and other sundry citizens going about their lunch break business, but best of all a band strikes up an enthusiastic rendition of the Rolling Stones classic "Brown Sugar" much to the appreciation of passers-by and myself, their cash collection box is filling up fast, so in recognition of an entertaining few moments, I also fish a one pound coin from my pocket and drop it in their box.

    At least they try to earn some cash with their musical talent, instead of just sitting around like a third world beggar with plastic cup.....

    Sauchiehall Street beggar Big Issue seller An aggressive reaction! A busy Sauchiehall Street A busy street crossing.
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    Glasgow's new Pawnshops

    by Bennytheball Updated Sep 4, 2013

    Pawnbrokers are licenced money lenders, where a person temporarily short of ready cash may lodge an item of value with the pawnbroker and receive cash estimated on its surrender value. When the "pledge" is redeemed by repayment of the loan plus interest, the pawnbroker returns the property to the owner. If the pledge is unclaimed within a certain time the Pawnbroker is permitted to sell it.

    Many years ago I noticed the presence of pawnshops being widespread throughout the working class areas of Glasgow, but then in later more affluent years of full employment they became less common, until in recent years the situation has turned full circle and they are now back in business, a consequence of significant increased unemployment, uncontrolled debt and new insidious zero hours employment contracts, when weekly income cannot be guaranteed.

    Pawnshops are now much more upmarket and offer to trade in unwanted gold jewelry, however other unfortunates sit in the streets with outstretched plastic cup in hand, hoping for a few sympathetic pennies.......

    Traditional Pawnbroker Three brass balls indicates the Pawnbroker Another Pawnbroker shop A modern Pawnbroker A homeless man

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    Glasgow's favourite garden.

    by Bennytheball Updated Aug 7, 2013

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    A most relaxing place to spend a few hours in Glasgow is the nineteenth century Botanical Gardens in Great Western Road, open all year round, its parklands and arboretum provide tranquility to enjoy summer sunshine and a stroll around the heated Kibble Palace and glasshouses, housing many rare tropical trees and plants, is an ideal way of escaping the winter cold.

    Most visitors to Glasgow might miss this attraction, if only exploring the city centre, and its immediate surroundings, but only two miles distant, the historical gardens are easily accessible by the Subway from Buchanan Street to Hillhead Station.

    Inside the garden complex there are tearooms, a snack kiosk, and just outside the main gate an old police street telephone box, converted into a take-away coffee shop!

    The best time to visit is in the morning, when the gardens are quiet with fewer visitors, in winter the glasshouses can be rather busy with people enjoying not only the tropical plants, but also the free heating!

    Around a hundred years ago, the gardens were served by a railway line, there were two stations, one in Great Western Road, the other at Kirklee Road, both have now been demolished, but an interesting old reproduced photograph from the early part of the twentieth century shows the original railway station at the busy road junction outside the main garden entrance.

    My recent photograph of the same location shows the many changes at the busy road junction.

    The Kibble Palace. Botanic Railway station The police box coffee kiosk The gatehouse, dated 1904.
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    by coolcolin Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A NEAT DAY TRIP IS TO THE ISLAND OF bute. 1hr.central=Wemys bay then ferry 25 minutes to Rothesay The West Island Way is a great walk across the island and with stunning views across to Paul McCartneys Mull of Kintyre and the cowal peninsulas mountains you see a spectacular cornuptica of the west coast of scotlands mountains.

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  • Eat Outdoors!

    by JiminYork Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Tisso's is an Outdoor Clothing shop on Couper Street (not the one on Buchanen Street), but it has a brilliant little restaurant selling some terrific homemade food. The soup is usually exceptional, the sandwiches varied and made to choice, the specials vary from curries to cassseroles to pasta bakes. Hurry though, it's getting very busy....

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    Glengoyne Whisky Distillery tour/tasting

    by stevieUK Written Jan 31, 2010

    Pleasant 40mins or so bus trip from the centre of Glasgow. Probably quicker than the trip to Auchentoshan (technically the closest distillery but the bus stops everywhere). Glengoyne is more picturesque than Auchentoshan, being at the edge of the Campsie fells and with a glen at the back containing a pond and waterfall. That plus the nice little shop make it the better option if you just choose the one - those personally I'd get both in if you can. Basic tour with dram is about a fiver. Video at the start and the walkaround was kept light and interesting. We opted for the tasting tour option (no one else went for this) which added in the posh glasses and armchairs of the club room as you sampled a few older drams plus getting to see the blending room (worth the moeny I felt). In short an attractive distillery a short bus ride from Glagow which puts on a good show with some good whiskies included to boot.

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    Greenbank Garden

    by mykitten Written Apr 21, 2008

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    Greenbank Gardens are a National Trust for Scotland property which are located off Mearns Road, Clarkston, Glasgow

    Bus: No 44a, Glasgow to Newton Mearns;
    Cycling: 4m from NCN 7, 75.
    Train: Clarkston station, 1.25m (1/2 hourly train service from Glasgow Central Station)
    Road: Flenders Road.Off M77 follow A727 (formerly A726), follow signs for East Kilbride to Clarkston Toll. 6m S of Glasgow city centre.
    Ordnance Survey Ref: NS561566

    NTS gift shop, plant sales, with a changing range of plants available. Telephone for shop/reception/tea-room 0141 616 5126

    There is a tea room which has disabled access, dogs are welcome but only if on a lead, there is parking available.

    Adult £5
    Family £14
    1 Parent £10
    Concession £4
    Free to NTS members

    Opening times
    Garden: all year, daily 9.30–sunset.
    Shop and tearoom: 21 Mar to 31 Oct, daily 11–5; 1 Nov to 29 Mar, Sat/Sun 2–4.
    House: 21 Mar to 31 Oct, Sun 2–4

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  • Queens Park.. Battlefield, south side.

    by chichino1 Written Mar 29, 2008

    The pictures amaze me, the whole area has connections with Mary Queen of Scots and the battle between her troops and the Parliaments,the beautiful park is named after her,views from the hill being splendid,yet in the midst of this the largest building in the srea is the Queen Victoria infirmary ,somewhat of a snub to the earlier queens historic presence.

    front of the victoria infirmary Battlefield Queens Battlefield library with free internet access The new building on right is the new infirmary Nov
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  • boats from central to Braehead

    by pisatower Written Oct 8, 2007

    This 8/9 times daily cruise is a historical gem regarding how the river built the city and the city built the river.Braehead is an amazing complex in itself but getting there on this smooth yaght is a real mustdo if you want to see how Glasgow becane sooo great.John Browns shipyards birthplace of the Queens and many other shipyards have all their history detailed as well as the new exhibitionansd conference centres which are an interesting walk about in themselves.
    Pity thiere was not a midway stop here

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    by hevbell Updated Jul 14, 2007

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    Greenbank House is a National Trust for Scotland property at Clarkston, on the outskirts of the city. Its best known for its garden but the house is also open to visitors at certain times. The gardens have longer opening hours and are accessable through the gift shop. Of course there is a small tearoom as well.

    Oh and a field of cute Highland cows out front!

    I got there by car. Its signposted from the road that leads from the A77 to East Kilbride. Once you turn off you have to keep on that road for around 1½ miles and its signposted up a road to your right.

    See my travelogue for more pics

    Greenbank House

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    Glencoe - The Hidden Valley

    by Luke9 Written Jan 7, 2007

    Get out of Glasgow and head for Glencoe for a 2-3 hour hillwalk.
    A walk through stunning scenery to a valley hidden high among the mountains of Glencoe. Coire Gabhail, or the Hidden Valley, was reputedly used by the MacDonalds of Glencoe in times of trouble and for hiding stolen cattle.

    From the South drive into Glencoe on the A82, and park in first large parking area on the left, near the top of the Glen. Here you have fine views of the mountains known as the Three Sisters, and of the path which will take you up between two of them. Head down and left from the car park to a path running along the base of Gearr Aonach, following this path as it leads to steep wooden steps and a wooden bridge high above the river. The rocky path now leads steeply upwards, crossing a stile at the deer fence, and continuing up the narrow path between Gearr Aonach and Beinn Fhada with a deep gully on your left-hand side.
    The path levels out for a while, continuing upwards besides a series of delightful waterfalls and clear, deep rock pools, then crosses the river. This part of the walk can be extremely wet if there has been a lot of rain and the river is in spate. Cross the river and climb up the steep rocky path to reach the edge of the valley. From here the views of Coire Gabhail are stunning. A large valley with steep, snow-capped mountains on three sides - Beinn Fhada on your left, Gearr Aonach on your right, and Bidean nam Bian at the far end of the valley. The bottom of the valley is remarkably flat and grassy, the path leading down to the valley floor and continuing onwards to the back of the valley and Bidean nam Bian. This is an ideal place for a picnic and rest before heading back to the car. Return by the same route.

    There is a path that continues up following the stream but this can get a bit tricky and is not recommended unless you are an experienced hillwalker.

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  • Glengoyne distillery

    by Lost_In_Transit Written Sep 26, 2006

    If you are a whisky lover, a visit to the Glengoyne distillery is highly recommended. A standard guided tour is about 5£ and includes a sip. Try to get John as your guide. Very professional and entertaining fellow.

    You get there by taking the no. 10 bus from stance 34 at Buchanan bus station. Trip time is about 45 minutes and the bus stops right outside the distillery gates.

    After the tour of the distillery there is a very nice countryside pub where you can relax and have lunch. When you come out the main gate from the distillery, turn right and walk up the small hill. You will see the pub on the left side of the road about 400 meters away. Just remember that you have to walk back to the distillery to catch the bus back to Glasgow again.

    Glengoyne Distillery Inside the still

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    Kirkintilloch, The Canal Capital of Scotland

    by b4ugogo Updated Sep 21, 2006

    Kirkintilloch or Kirkie as it's know by the locals is a wee town 7 miles North east of Glasgow situated in East Dumbartonshire.
    Kirky was home to the famous Red telephone boxes which were produce in the Kirky Iron Foundry.

    It has a population of just over 20,000 and is the Canal Capital of Scotland, though locals often joke it is ''the Charity shop Capital of Scotland'' due to how many Charity shops can be found on the high street.

    Main Street Kirkie Sign  - Canal Capital Some may remember the old Kirkie Bus Ghiloni's - Know as the best Cafe in town Good old Eastside - My Grandfather Lived Down here

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    Barbecue by the Loch

    by husain Updated Jul 16, 2006

    Stopping by at one of the lochs on the way up to Lochness... I think this was Loch Locky. We made time for a barbecue- one of those ready-made, easy to use barbecue packs that you can buy off the shelf in some stores. What a wonderful idea!:)

    My nephew Husain
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    by husain Updated Jul 16, 2006

    You could technically pack in a day trip to Lochness from Glasgow, though it would best be a separate leg of your trip in itself ideally.. Its less than 200 miles away- up north. You`ll need to leave early in the morning - drive thru the amazing scottish countryside- the lochs and the highlands, via the picturesque Fort William, with Ben Nevis (Britains highest peak) in the vicinity and then onto Lochness, for some monster hunting!
    However, it leaves you with little time to see the region, which is what happened with us when we travelled. Also the road gets a bit narrow as you travel further north...

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