#BTonTour :Glasgow shopping and spa day

Glasgow shopping and spa day

Let’s kick this off with….the Stena ferry to Scotland has a spa on board! But more about that treat which we saved for the journey home.

Style Mile, Glasgow

The folks from People Make Glasgow invited us over for a day trip to enjoy an afternoon shopping in the busy city.

After an early start we boarded for the 7.30 crossing from Belfast and made our way to begin enjoying the Stena Plus experience. With endless croissants, pastries and drink options we weren’t short of food for a continental breakfast. Hot food options were available for a supplement.

The Stena Plus lounge was busy with golfers heading over to Scotland for the day. Actually I think it was busier and noisier than the rest of the ferry, just my luck! 

Beautful Scotland

Arriving in Scotland, a bus collected us and off to Glasgow we went for a wee shopping trip.

We met up with the People make Glasgow team for lunch at the food court of Buchanan Galleries, Taste Buchanan. The revamped food court isn’t your run of the mill fast food shopping centre offering though. It has been revitalised and refitted to accommodate a number of street food businesses. It bucks the trend of big corporations serving food, and gives small businesses the opportunity to trade. I enjoyed a delicious pizza, followed by a S’more waffle, delicious, and filling! And I didn’t turn down the offer of a cocktail either. Sure I wasn’t driving, so why not.


Glasgow is such a great shopping city these days with streets and streets of a mixture of the big high street names, and little Scottish independents, but I only managed to squeeze in an hour of shopping because I had saved a tour bus voucher from a previous trip, and was determined to learn more about the city from the open top seating of a double decker bus.


A city sightseeing bus is always an ideal way to introduce you to any city, which reminds me, I really need to get onto one in Belfast soon! The Glasgow bus is no different, and it was a shame I didn’t have time to hop on and off, but still, it was only a day trip. During the tour we passed the totally amazing Kelvingrove Museum, which I reckon is the best museum I’ve ever visited and am desperate to get back to see.


Tour done and a bit of inspiration shopping was needed. Like every city I visit, I am always on the hunt for product ideas and design inspiration. Actually my last trip to Glasgow I discovered Scribbles, which provided the inspiration for my new notepads at my stall in St George’s Market. And the Paperchase store in Glasgow is awesome…I definitely got inspired for Xmas decor there.


A wee dander around Style Mile, and through Buchanan Galleries and it was time to make my way back to the bus for the journey back to the ferry for a relaxing time in the Nordic Spa.

Chilling out in the sauna and jacuzzi after an afternoon shopping and sightseeing, the spa is worth every penny of its £10 charge. I managed to squeeze in a back massage as well. Just bliss! 


For £10, this day trip is an absolute bargain. But be prepared, it’s a LONG day at 5 hours each way for 4 hours in Glasgow. But like I say, for only £10, why wouldn’t you.

Add on the £10 for the Spa, £15 for the Stenaplus each way, and it turns the day into a real treat day.

Oh and if you are a celeb spotter, we had May McFettridge and Alison Fleming on our crossing, and apparently The Hoff is a regular in the spa, and Jason Derulo has been seen on board.

Great trip, great city.

Find out more about Glasgow at www.peoplemakeglasgow.com

Book your £10 Stena crossing at www.stenaline.co.uk

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