After a great morning visiting the Mackintosh House in Glasgow West End, we walked towards Byres Road for lunch.

After walking around and enjoying the energetic atmosphere we stumbled across Hillhead Bookclub.

Since 2010 this restaurant-club-pub multi-level venue serves tasty, home cooked, good honest food.

The menu is informal and quirky and features anglo-latin fusion cuisine.

Grilled toasties, fish & chips, cous cous tabouleh, haggis, beef burgers and so much more. There is something for everyone on the menu.

Later we discovered that this is the place to be at night-time when the venue turns into a clubhouse.

This time we did not included our own photo’s because our own snaps don’t do the place justice.

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Glasgow West End

The ‘West End’ of Glasgow is famous for its magnificent architecture, quaint shops, bustling nightlife and parks.

It is centred around Byres Road. An area known as Hillhead and Dowanhill and is the busiest and liveliest part of the West End.


Glasgow is a wonderful city to explore on foot!

We explored the history, heritage, wildlife and artworks of the Forth & Clyde Canal on foot.

There are five sections following the towpath of the Forth & Clyde Canal from west to east, from Drumchapel towards the centre of Glasgow.

You can walk or cycle them individually or join two or more together to enjoy a longer visit.

We also loved the City Centre Mural Trail. It features a diverse range of arts set within one easy walking area.

The murals have been produced on buildings, vacant shop units, and on hoardings around vacant land.

The first art work was produced in 2008 and this portfolio of completed works has expanded since.

Long distance paths

If you want to escape the city centre, then take on the 11-mile Kelvin Walkway.

The Kelvin Walkway extends the West Highland Way south to the centre of Glasgow, from Milngavie to Glasgow on the north bank of the River Clyde, where it can be linked to the longer Clyde Walkway that continues south from the city.

The route follows the river banks south from Milngavie on a route once used by Highland drovers taking their cattle to market.

It follows the three watercourses of the Allander, Kelvin and Clyde, to form a ‘green link’ from Glasgow to the countryside.

If a 11-mile route is a bit too much and you still want to get away from the hustle and bustle, then head for Maryhill Park.

This is a part of Glasgow often overlooked on the standard tourist trails.

The 3-mile Maryhill Trail features an incredible amount of historic buildings and interesting architecture while taking in some stunning city views.

Cool Places to Explore: Mackintosh House | Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.

Cool Places to Stay: citizenM Glasgow | Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel.