Glasgow, Trainspotting and darts

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Darting to Glasgow, Scotland to join 13.000 darts fans

Best known reasons to go to Glasgow in Scotland? Football clubs such as Celtic F.C. And the Rangers, who otherwise have 9 million fans worldwide for Celtics alone, do not produce the biggest travel results anymore, but previously brought many visitors to Glasgow. Celtics is a club from 1887 with the utmost respect in the country, but no longer ranks as high at international level, so fewer travelers come to the home games from other countries nowadays. But then there is dart!

Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct in Scotland with a steam train

Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct in Scotland with a steam train

Scotland, beautiful and harsh nature with excellent golf

London swallows the vast majority of travelers traveling to Europe’s largest island. It is the most beautiful, harsh and loving country, and if you play another sport (yes golf) or a third, (read below) then it is fantastic. After a weekend trip to the country’s second largest city, Glasgow, it was clear that the Scots might not be the worst hosts for a weekend getaway across the North Sea. Rather, on the contrary, they were so friendly and it was good fun. Bonus info: Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and the third largest in the UK. It is located on the Clyde River in western Scotland’s Lowlands. Now you know.

Trainspotting in Glasgow and beyond

The famous film from 1996 Trainspotting was almost entirely shot in Glasgow and perhaps where most of us got the first glimpse of the town.

Glasgow is obviously a working city. You immediately sense it in the short distances between places that serve Shepherd Pie and Pints ​​for lunch at an extremely affordable price. Most buildings inside and outside the city also have a raw, urban expression and the construction along the city’s river completes the industrial look. The ancient cult film, Trainspotting paints a gray picture of the city and youth of the Scottish working class in Edinburgh at the end of the 20th century. Fortunately, much has happened since then, and the many students at the city’s university provide the city with a breath of fresh air and a lively atmosphere. The gray tones of Trainspotting seem a relic of ancient times after a few hours out in the city’s small streets. Then we killed that prejudice.

Glasgow, også en grøn by

Glasgow, også en grøn by

Get to know the Scots – through darts!

The set for our weekend in Glasgow was our passion for darts. A small pub sport in many countries, but huge in Scotland  A visit was made to the SEE Hydro arena, which, with its 13,000 audience seats, houses everything from concerts with today’s pop stars to major sporting events. The SEE Arena itself is a sight for itself.  A large futuristic plastic bubble with a matte, semi-transparent facade adorned with light in all the colors of the rainbow. This time, the occasion was something as Scottish as the Premier League Darts – yes, professionally, the TV-broadcast darts. So when dart fans from all over Europe met up in hordes an hour before the first arrow was to be thrown, one could almost be led to believe that this was a top soccer match.

Glasgow-dart-temple

The darts-temple

If you really want to experience Scottish culture, book a trip to Glasgow when this circus is in town. Scotland has some of the world’s absolute best darts players. The home audience welcomes them as the biggest boxing stars or pop icons when they make their entrance up the green run towards the dartboard. The home crowd’s reception of their compatriots, however, leaves one with a jumble of emotions in the body. The national feeling floats like the beer in the transparent plastic cups, and you feel included in the enthusiasm. And to the point you forget, that the idea of  13,000 fans gives it all to a pair of middle-aged gentlemen. But armed with beer mugs in one hand and French fries in the other, there is no reason to assess whether the reception is too much or too little; It’s just about taking part in the celebrations.

Glasgow, dart for 13000 tilskuere. This is huge!

Glasgow, darts for 13000 people. This is huge!

Culture is many things. Next: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

The darts experience is a party, that most people can participate in.

If you want a bit of finer culture you have to go elsewhere. Inside the city center, it is recommended to take a walk past Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, which was raised in connection with Glasgow’s time as the European City of Culture in 1990. There are regular concerts with classical orchestras and other musical entries. Just outside the city to the west, you find the West End, the fine neighborhood of Glasgow. On the way out from the center, you drive past the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which is built in beautiful red brickstone. Here one can, among other things, spot works of legends such as Van Gogh and Monet. The West End, Great Western Road, was built in 1836 during Queen Victoria I. When her reign ended in 1901, it was an area of ​​resurgence, and to this day you can see the characteristic Victorian buildings of the time towers. up around the Great Western Road. This is also where the city’s botanical garden is hidden. In the summertime, there is plenty of life in the garden, which also offers an impressive population of statues inside the building itself, Kibble Palace.

Glasgow, en moderne storby

A big, modern city

A lovely, affordable trip to Glasglow

Last but not least, it should also be mentioned that the trip to the city is quite affordable; There is an airport in the city, but the trip from Copenhagen can usually be made cheaper if you fly to Edinburgh. From here it takes an hour by bus or train, which gives the opportunity to see a little of the country. Buchanan Bus Station is located in the center of Glasgow, from where it is easy to get on if you want to experience or directly to one of the many good hotels in the city. The Scots are very friendly people with both love and self-irony about their country and people, so there is always help to get if you have lost in Scotland’s second largest city.

Are you ready for more Scotland?

 

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