Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Glasgow

Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:46am EDT
 
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By Madeleine Cowley

LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland's oft-neglected second city of Glasgow has undergone a rejuvenation, which has transformed the former industrial giant into a dynamic and upbeat center for the arts.

Take heed of comedian Billy Connolly's words though: "There are two seasons in Scotland: June and Winter" and come prepared for the weather. Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a short stay in the area.

FRIDAY

8 p.m. - A meal at seafood specialist Crabshakk will guarantee a pleasant start to your trip. The compact interior has an air of elegance and the dishes are simply prepared and presented, using ingredients sourced from West Coast Scottish waters. Crab cakes and seared scallops are firm favorites.

10 p.m. - For an after dinner tipple, cross the street to the lively Ben Nevis pub. The roaring fire, impromptu folk music performances and choice of 180 whiskies make this a cozy spot to shelter from the elements.

SATURDAY

10 a.m. - Take a student-led tour of Glasgow's School of Art. Completed in 1909 the art nouveau building is widely recognized as architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh's greatest feat. Admire the original tile and iron work, stained glass and austere interior with its simple colours and distinctive high-backed chairs.

11 a.m. - Descend the steep hill onto Sauchiehall Street and Glasgow's Center for Contemporary Art (CCA). Have a coffee under the glass atrium roof before exploring the temporary exhibitions.   Continued...

 
<p>Installations at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, in a file photo. REUTERS/David Moir</p>