When I first visited Glasgow, I wasn’t impressed. It was on the way home from a trip to the Scottish Open with an ex boyfriend and, having spent the other half of the day at Loch Lomond, I was completely underwhelmed with the greyness that is Glasgow. With Ferguson in tow, I decided to give it one last visit to see if the largest city in Scotland could win me over and if, in fact, they were dog friendly.
We stayed in the Travelodge on Queen Street which is centrally located close to the main train station and everything the city has to offer. Did you know the majority of Travelodge hotels are dog friendly? Our room was large with lots of room for his crate, which makes sure he is calm and relaxed when staying away from home, and to potter about.
My friend Emma had recommended Tantrum Doughnuts as a must visit in the West End of the city so when I realised they were dog friendly, it was a no brainer. It is around a 30 minute walk from the hotel and absolutely worth it.
The little shop has a small seating area at the back and Ferguson was welcomed with a big bowl of water and lots of cuddles. The doughnuts, where do I start? They are made fresh daily and the menu changes with the season. You will find their current menu online but we tried both the peanut butter and jam as well as the candied bacon and french toast glaze. The former, being a filled doughnut that is gooey with tart jam and creamy peanut butter. The latter being a more traditional style doughnut topped with a sweet icing and salty bacon. They were delightful and we bought more to take to the park with us.
Kelvingrove Park is a short stroll from Tantrum Doughnuts and the perfect place to give your dog a good run. It is huge with 85 acres to explore including some beautiful fountains, a duck pond and windy hills. The views over to the University are beautiful and you’ll find the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery within the grounds.
Ferguson grabbed some zzz’s in the Ben Nevis on the stroll back to the hotel. The Ben Nevis boasts one of the most impressive whiskey collections in the city and the decor makes you feel like you are up a mountain in the highlands. Ferguson was welcomed with treats and water. It is not a surprise that they have won awards for how dog friendly they are.
From whiskey to rum, Distill was massively up my street. Their cocktail menu is listed as ‘rum’ and ‘not rum’. Now you are talking! I am gutted we had eaten because their menu is incredible. They cure their own bacon, they ferment their own kimchi. All the ingredients they use are from ethical farms and the food coming out of the kitchen made my mouth water. Ferguson received the most cuddles here and resorted to sitting as far as his lead would allow so, every time the bar staff passed, they couldn’t resist ear scratches.
From whiskey, to rum, to gin. The Finnieston boasts award winning bartenders and an exquisitely traditional cocktail menu that is executed perfectly. The building fits the menu perfectly with traditional features and the food menu uses the best ethically sourced seafood you will find in Scotland. Ferguson was welcomed with more water and more cuddles.
The stroll back took us passed delightful art deco buildings and the art gallery, where the Duke of Wellington statue still has the cone on his head. It has been categorised by The Lonely Planet as one of the most bizarre monuments on Earth.
The area around the town hall is a thing of beauty but also a great grassed area, great to walk your pooch around if they prefer grass under their feet! Right in the centre of the city, they regularly have festivals and mini gigs to enjoy, plus the beautiful buildings are a must.
Last but not least is the aptly named Doghouse. Located in the Merchant City area of Glasgow, the Brew Dog bar features a cracking barbecue menu, the ales you will have grown to love from Brew Dog and an extra special offering for the four legged visitor. They regularly have dog beer available so your furry friend doesn’t miss out either.
Glasgow totally won us both over and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring the whole city and the many dog friendly bars. We will be back and ready to explore the venues we couldn’t fit in on this occasion. Make sure you pop your recommendations in the comments below!
We were invited to stay as guests of Travelodge.