Join me on a walk through the oldest part of Glasgow.
We’ll start at Glasgow Cathedral, where we’ll meet St Mungo, the city’s patron saint, and learn about Glasgow’s humble beginnings 1,500 years ago. We’ll bustle along Glasgow’s High Street next, where a small city had started to take shape 900 years later, in the 1400s. It was busy with the thousands of pilgrims who came to worship at the shrine of St Mungo. In the 1700s, there were Tobacco Lords on the High Street, and Glasgow had become “the cleanest and beautifulest and best built city in Britain,” according to one English visitor. (He did add, “London excepted,” but in Glasgow we like to forget about that.)
Our tour ends at Glasgow Green, where you’ll learn the very meaning of the word Glasgow.
On the way, you’ll see:
• A herb garden filled with medicinal plants
• Street art that tells the story of the city
• A roundabout on which stands the steeple of a building once used as a prison
• A greenhouse of exotic plants in the shape of an upside down ship
This tour will take about 1 hour if you don’t stop at one of the cafes along the way for a quick break – or a long one. You might decide to go into the Old Ship Bank too, not for money, but for a wee nip, which is what we call a quick whisky in Glasgow.
If you like history told as interconnected stories instead of just facts, this tour was made for you. I hope you’ll find yourself drawn into Glagow’s drama just like the thousands of people before you who have come to Glasgow through the ages.