Welcome to the beginning of my new series on the blog. A wee look at things to do in and around Scotland. I spend most of my weekends exploring different parts of this beautiful country and considering I take a camera with me everywhere, I thought I’d share them so that if you are ever visiting Scotland you will have an idea of different things to do other than the traditional touristy things.
Since I was a small child, I have always loved going to the market. Growing up in Edinburgh, one of my fondest memories is going along to Ingilston Market with my mum to see what bargain beanies baby I could get while also looking forward to my burger I would beg my mum for and then never manage to finish.
Then when we moved to Perth, and we had the farmers market. So every first Saturday of every month after dancing, I would take myself down to Perth high street taking samples of every single thing I could get. Also, fun fact, I met Prince Charles at that market and was on the front page of two of Perthshires biggest newspapers with him. I then managed to trick friends that I was going to the royal wedding, lol.
Anyway, this story. The other day when I was on my lunch break I decided to see what markets there were in and around the Glasgow area. Because we have all heard of the Barras, but I was sure there had to be more. And guess what, there are.
This week we decided to go along to Queens Park, mainly because I love it around there and I wanted to see some dogs, but also because it looked amazing. Turns out, it isn’t that busy or big when it is raining. So rainy in fact that your umbrella gets caught up in a windy tangle. Nevertheless, it was still fantastic.
There were stalls filled with food and the smells flowed through me like I needed to buy each and every thing there. Don’t worry I didn’t. Mainly because it’s the week before pay day, but also because I couldn’t possibly eat that amount of food. There were two stalls that really caught Greg and I, for two reason. First the smells and second the wonderful salespeople at the other side of the stalls.
The Indian food we tried was incredible. Although cold, it was like no other I have ever tried. The woman there told me it is old recipes she was taught as a child and that they are traditional home cooked meals. We dipped out nans in and tasted three of the six or seven that were there and holy moly – the flavours were incredible. It was as if there were fireworks in my mouth of flavour after flavour. Sadly though, we didn’t buy any.
Instead, we went to my favourite of the stalls – the French stall. Filled with olives, pesto, sundried tomatoes, garlic and bread. So of course we tried everything with the kind guy repeating that the French don’t look and buy, they taste. He chopped more cheese for us and told us different mixes of things to try. And then we ended up buying lots of bits and bobs and going home and creating a picnic.
Overall – a success. And a beautiful one at that. So how do you get there? There are two options. You can either get the train to Crossmyloof (great name FYI) or you can the train to Queens Park and then wander through the beautiful park (filled with so many dogs by the way) and stumble across it.
There is also a lot to do in and around that area. There are loads of cafes, including the Gladrags Cafe and shop that you can visit as well as a number of charity shops filled with amazing bargains and goodies that you just wouldn’t find in the city centre.
Let me know what you think of this new series on the blog. And if there is anywhere you would like to see next. PS I am off to Berlin this weekend so follow me on Instagram to see what I get up to.