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BFF Break: Glasgow

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If you’re thinking of downing tools and getting away for a long weekend but don’t want to spend half of your well earned time off travelling, then Glasgow could be the spot for you.

Cheap flights, a short journey and hustle and bustle, even midweek. It’s the perfect place for that girly getaway you and your partner-in-crime deserve.

Goss Girl contributor Claudia Gocoul and her BFF Kim escaped the 9-5 and hopped over to Glasgow last week and they both fell in love. We think you will too. Here are their recommendations for a trip to remember…

Sleep

There’s nothing like the lap of luxury to make you feel like the most important person in the world. Especially when you’re with your besto. Having saved on flight and travel expenses, it’s well worth splashing the cash when it comes to finding a base camp.

Located in the centre of Glasgow, the luxury five-star Blythswood Square is the only place to stay if you want to feel like the glammest gal in Glasgow. With a thermal suite to rival Monart open to all guests morning and evening, and customer service that’ll leave you feeling like the lady of the manor, it’s well worth it. Top Tip? Include breakfast when booking.

Not only does the hotel offer a breakfast buffet as well as a full menu, they also have a Bloody Mary station complete with Belvedere vodka. The Blythswood means business… Click here for bookings.

Shop

Calling all Magpies… With over 1,500 shops Glasgow is serious about retail therapy. They’ve got everything, from independent boutiques to high street favourites to vintage gems like Starry Starry Night.

The (literal) gem in the crown? ROX Diamonds and Thrills. Located in Glasgow’s picturesque jewellery sector, Argyll Arcade, ROX is a destination jewellers specialising in diamonds jewellery and watches as well as more budget friendly options.

Check out the thrill room where you can relax and sip a chilled glass of Moet whilst one of the ROX ladies brings you a selection to peruse. Fancy, right? Don’t be fooled by the ROX that I got… See here.

Eat

Where do we start? There’s no shortage of gorgeous places to eat in Glasgow. No matter what your tastes you won’t be disappointed. Love steak? Alston Bar and Beef has the best in Glasgow.

Located under Glasgow Central Station, it’s one of the funkiest spots in town. Be sure to book a gin tasting session. You’ll learn all about the history of gin whilst sampling up a storm. How fancy will you feel bringing your G&T knowledge back home to the gals? Click here to book.

Fancy the authentic Glaswegian experience? Off to The Ubiquitous Chip with you. One of the most magical venues we’ve ever visited, The Ubiquitous Chip serves regional, locally sourced dishes that are just aching to be Instagrammed. It’s a popular spot amongst locals so we’d recommend prebooking.

If you want to go all out then the Corinthian Club is for you. Get done up to the nines and enjoy an evening of fun in this one stop shop. Built in 1842, the Corinthian Club retains lots of its original features whilst still housing a restaurant, pub and casino. Check out their website.

Last, but by no means least, what’s a girlie getaway without a brunch? Hidden inside one of Glasgow’s many Grade-A listed buildings, Hutchesons is the perfect venue for a chilled brunch and a catch up. You’ll want one of everything but it would be criminal not to avail of their special Bubbles and Brunch menu. Prosecco, please! Click here for bookings.

Pamper

#NoPapsPlease ?? Exploring Glasgow’s impressive architecture with @kimthor91 #InGlasgow

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New nails, who’s this? A trip to Glasgow isn’t complete without a stop off at Naff! Nails, one of the funkiest salons we’ve ever been in with THE most creative nail techs around–it’s no wonder they’ve been featured in Vogue, Glamour and Stylist.

Our top tip? Trust your nail tech and let them go wild and show off their creative streak. You’ll be amazed! Don’t leave without snapping up a storm at the designated station compete with ring light. Boomerangs have never looked better. To book see www.naffsalon.com.

See

Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. It might sound cheesy but the City Sightseeing bus is without doubt THE best way to see the city. Hop on and let your tour guide do all the hard work. Just don’t forget your P20, you’d be surprised by how much sun you’ll catch on the open top.

Hop on and off as you please but whatever you do leave yourself enough time to fully explore Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. A beautiful building in its own right, it boasts one of the most impressive collections we’ve ever seen with masterpieces by some of the greats including Matisse, Picasso and Dali. The best bit? It’s completely free. Check out www.glasgowmuseums.com.

Insta Opps

If you didn’t snap it, did it even happen? Glasgow is full of beautiful architecture and stunning doors which make for the perfect #OOTD background. Be sure to stop at the Botanical Gardens for the perfect new profiler and The Lighthouse for a bird’s eye view across the city.

For further information on booking your trip to Glasgow visit www.peoplemakeglasgow.com.

Aer Lingus Regional operate flights between Dublin and Glasgow up to six times daily with lead-in fares from €29.99 one way including taxes and charges.
For more information on fare and flight times, visit www.aerlingus.com.

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