Harold, Sam and I had an amazing time in Glasgow. Not only was it a new city for me to fall in love with (and I really do love Scotland) but the city fell in love with Harold. It is no exaggeration to say that we couldn’t go more than 3 minutes down the street at a time before someone would stop as to ask to stroke/hold/cuddle/photograph Harold. We ran into another sausage dog owner (the owner of lovely 10 year old George) and we remarked upon the phenomenon. She agreed and said that it happens to her too. She said it was “like walking a giraffe”.
Which was a pretty apt description of what it was like to see people’s reactions to Harold. Including the staff of the Travelodge that we were staying in. The lovely Anna checked us in and gave Harold so much attention, and then turned around and got all the other girls out from the Travelodge office to fawn over him as well. He was a much loved dog.
Glasgow is the 3rd largest city in the UK (and the largest in Scotland) and we found it supremely dog friendly.
It surprised me that the Travelodge was so dog-friendly but they are. We stayed in the Travelodge on Queen Street in Glasgow, and it was an absolute treat to get to stay (affordably) in the heart of the city with our four-legged child. Not only was the Travelodge willing to let us have Harold with us, but they went out of their way to make him (and us) feel welcome at check-in. The only thing that Harold wasn’t allowed to do with us at the Travelodge was go to breakfast the next day, but he was more than happy to wait for us in the room.
Glasgow Green is the oldest park in Glasgow as it was established in the 15th century. It followers the Northern Bank of the River Clyde and the park is awash in historical monuments!
Kelvingrove Park was probably my favourite of the parks that we visited in Glasgow. It is a massive 85 acre park. The museum was excellent as well, though that was not dog-friendly. The park was designed and created by the same head gardener who was in charge of the Crystal Palace project (I used to live next to Crystal Palace Park in London) and it definitely had similar vibes.
One of my favourite things that we did was visit the Glasgow Necropolis. I called it Glasgow’s answer to Highgate. It’s a large Victorian cemetery in Glasgow and it is built up on a hill with incredible views of the city. It’s a really stunning place.
I also highly recommend wandering around the Cathedral precinct and see the outside of the Glasgow Cathedral.
And last but not least, explore the beautiful campus of the University of Glasgow. It has a very Hogwarts-esque vibe.
Lots of Glasgow eateries are very dog-friendly.
Enjoy dinner at Mono which was more than happy to let us be there with Harold. Mono is located at: 12 King St, Glasgow Metropolitan Area G1 5RB
The Singl-End Cafe was also very welcoming of dogs. Singl-End is located at: 265 Renfrew St, G3 6TT
Brewdog on Argyle Street is happy to have you bring a well-behaved four-legged friend along. It is located at: 1397 Argyle St, G3 8AN
And I didn’t go in the following, but research before our trip came up with the following delicious and dog-friendly places:
The Finnieston located at 1125 Argyle St, G3 8ND
The Butterfly & Pig located at 153 Bath St, G2 4SQ
Soho on Miller located at 84 Miller St, G1 1DT
Ubiquitous Chip located at 12 Ashton Ln, G12 8SJ
The 78 Cafe located at 10-14 Kelvinhaugh St, G3 8NU
It was our first time traveling away from home overnight with Harold, and I definitely feel like we learned a lot about our relationship with Harold and his behaviour by traveling with him. And the good news is that I’d travel again with Harold in a heartbeat.
We had a great time in Glasgow and most importantly, I didn’t feel like we missed out on anything just because we were there with our pet.
Have you traveled with a pet before? Or enjoyed the riches that Glasgow has to offer?
***This post was in collaboration with Travelodge, but all opinions are forever my own. I want to give Travelodge a big “thank you” for having us all along!***