#BTonTour : Addressing the Haggis

When the invite comes through to spend Burns Night in Glasgow and watch as the Haggis is addressed, well, you wouldn’t refuse!

Following on from a busy day in Glasgow, our second day went at a slower pace. But only just.

It was museum morning, starting with Riverside Museum followed by the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Riverside moved to their new purpose built premises earlier this decade and was promptly named European Museum of the Year 2013.


Taking on board customer feedback at their previous location opposite Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum they have created a great museum full of the rich industrial heritage of the City. The Victorian street at the start of our tour was charming and fascinating.


They have created a museum to appeal to everyone, from the big trains for the kids to the shopfronts focusing on the decades of the 1900’s including early computer classics such as the ZX Spectrum, the legendary Raleigh Chopper bike, original Star Wars merchandise and cassette tapes! It was like being thrown right back in to my youth, and a tad scary that my youth is now worthy of a place in a museum. Help!


Our next museum was the Kelvingrove, and what a revelation. I’ve never heard of it before my visit, but immediately I knew I needed to go back. What an awesome museum. There’s so much to see, including an £80million Dali masterpiece which they bought for £8000, stunning Rembrandt art, a painting of Queen Victoria by Belfast born artist John Lavery from 1888, the same year Victoria granted Belfast city status.


If you only do one thing on the tourist trail when you visit Glasgow, this museum should be top of your list, and you’ll need a few hours there. It’s refreshing to get so up close and personal to the art and displays, a truly fabulous place to visit.


Lunch was in the Ox and Finch on Sauchiehall Street. This oh so trendy restaurant serve a delicious selection of tapas, perfect for just getting stuck in to after a morning of museums.


A few hours free time meant I could take the time to hop on a train and head to the suburbs to visit family. And it was lovely to take the time to visit my almost 80 year old aunt and catch up on the many great times we’ve had visiting them and Glasgow since my childhood in the 70’s and 80’s. It has changed a lot over the years, much like NI, the food scene has grown so much with many great new restaurants and places to enjoy. But some things don’t change, and that’s addressing the haggis in Burn’s Night.

Burns Night in the Gannet, one of those new gastronomic delights in the city, was an experience. We enjoyed their own take on the Burns Supper, with homemade haggis, addressed in only the way a Scots could address it, a piper, traditional readings and a fair amount of Bruichlaffich whiskey.

The perfect end to an awesome trip to the city of my youth, a city which has grown into a wonderful busy and exciting place to visit with a lot to see and do.

Make sure you either pop on a plane or get the ferry and visit!

Post Author: Belfast Times

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