We went on a summer exchange program to Copenhagen Business School (CBS) as a part of our MBA exchange program from Ryerson University. We planned our trip in such a way that we could travel to different cities during the weekends and complete our academic credits during the weekdays. On one of our weekend trips, we visited Glasgow.
Getting to our hostel, McLay’s Guest House on Renfrew St was quite a journey in itself. We had to climb a ridiculously steep hill with all of our bags to reach our hostel. Now that I think about it, taking a cab instead of public transport would have been a better idea.
On our first day in Glasgow, we took it easy and went on a self-guided tour of the city. We walked around along High Street and ended up at the Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis. If you are a fan of historic architectures, your Glasgow trip would be incomplete without visiting this beautiful medieval cathedral. With stunning stained glass windows and high ceiling at the entrance, this Gothic cathedral is filled with incredible history. The fact that the Necropolis is right next to the cathedral makes it convenient to witness this beautiful church from the hill top.
While we were in Scotland, we also visited Edinburgh. One of our hostel staff members suggested that we should check out Arthur’s Seat and St. Margaret’s Loch if we wanted to witness some of the best sights Edinburgh has to offer. As we climbed higher and higher on the grass covered dormant volcano on our way to the Arthur’s Seat, we were able to see some pretty amazing and unobstructed views of Edinburgh.
We tried asking a few people why the Arthur’s Seat is called “Arthur’s seat”, but it turns out no one really knows where it got its name from. If we look up history books, we can see that people started documenting the highest of Edinburgh’s seven hills as “Arthur’s Seat” from as early as the fifteenth century. On the way back, we stopped by St. Margaret’s Loch to feed some swans and geese.