Why a ‘gut-friendly’ travel guide? Well, as someone with IBS and endometriosis, it doesn’t take much to knock my body off balance. Travelling can be tricky – never knowing how your bod is going to feel and the anxiety this brings. It could put you off going away altogether! But I love seeing new places and try not to let either IBS or endometriosis keep me from doing the things I love. Long live travel, I say!
This gut-friendly guide is a suggested itinerary for three nights in Glasgow with a day trip to Edinburgh thrown in. It includes the places we visited, the sights we saw, and importantly, for someone with gut issues, the food I came across. You’ll notice that breaks in each day are included – not overdoing it is very important. It’s all about the balance!
Travel Guide Glasgow – Day 1
Arrive, check into your accommodation and get your bearings
We’d booked to stay at Point A Hotel, a modern, budget hotel centrally located (about 10 minutes walk from the train station) – an ideal base for exploring the city. No breakfast included which was fine by me (I love finding places for breakfast!!)
Enjoy dinner at The Raven
This one was for the boyfriend – good smokehouse grub – his favourite. Although I’d say low-FODMAP options were limited, you could make adjustments. I went for a hearty chicken, bacon, egg and avocado salad – without onion (see below pic – told you it was hearty!) with the tastiest side of rosemary chips. And a raspberry Bellini, or two.
See a gig at the O2 Academy
We saw The Maccabees, a birthday treat for my boyfriend. Great venue. Like a Tardis!
Travel Guide Glasgow – Day 2
Brunch at Café Gandolfi
If you’re a sourdough fan (and tolerate it, of course), this is the place for you! They do a great breakfast menu – all freshly prepared, much of which is served with a slice or two of their delicious sourdough toast. Best to pre-book.
Catch the hop on/off tour bus and embrace being a tourist
I’m a big fan of these buses – great way to get acquainted with the city. We hopped off at the Riverside Museum and Tall Ship before hopping back on and off again to explore Ashton Lane (so pretty and a place for beer fans – I stuck to my tea!) and the University of Glasgow.
From here we wandered to Kelingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Can you tell there’s lots to see in Glasgow?! We hopped on again – we’d passed Glickman’s earlier, the oldest sweet shop in Glasgow and wanted to stop off, naturally! Bad news for us though, it had shut early so no sweet shop for us!. Instead, we checked out the Barras Market, hopped back on the bus and got off at the stop closest to our hotel to take a break before dinner.
Dine at Mussel Inn
As the name suggests, Mussel Inn is a seafood restaurant. I tend to find that seafood and garlic is a popular combination in restaurants – not a popular combination in my stomach however…so I asked if there was any garlic present in the dishes I had my eye on. There was in one of them, so that made my decision easy – a delicious risotto with scallops. Meanwhile, my boyfriend basked in garlic-glory. They do say opposites attract! The good thing about seafood restaurants is that the seafood is generally (hopefully!) cooked from fresh so can be made to suit you and your bod. It might just take a bit of adaptation to get the dish right for you, depending on your tolerances.
Travel Guide Glasgow – Day 3
Take the train to Edinburgh
It’s only an hour on the train and was a special request from the boyfriend who had never been. Not to mention one of my oldest friend’s lives there, so the visit was a no-brainer. If I could move to a city, Edinburgh would be it. It’s beautiful and has everything you could possibly want in one city.
Brunch at Urban Angel
As recommended by said friend and what a great choice! Plenty of options for those with sensitive tums. I went for a big ole bowl of porridge. Now there’s a surprise…NAT! From here, my friend played tour guide and showed us some great spots we wouldn’t have found otherwise. If you need a guide for Edinburgh let me know and I’ll put you in touch 😉
Check out Stockbridge Market
A great Sunday market just a short walk from Urban Angel. There’s something about markets – I’m drawn to them. Very jealous that this is right on my friend’s doorstep! We’d eaten so didn’t explore the food options but I did somehow manage to find a bag I loved and just had to get…
Walk along to Dean Village
From Stockbridge, it’s a leisurely stroll along the Water of Leith until you reach the quaint village. It’s got a real European feel to it. You wouldn’t believe that from here you’re only 15 minutes walk from Princes Street. That’s one of the things I love about Edinburgh – it’s all so accessible.
Visit Edinburgh Castle
When in Edinburgh!
Walk along the Royal Mile
Take in the hustle and bustle of tourists, street entertainers and of course, the sound of bagpipes! (If you ever get the chance to visit Edinburgh when the Fringe is on in August, definitely do it!! Brilliant to experience.)
Stare up at Arthur’s seat and walk it if you’re prepared!
We weren’t. But we enjoyed the view from below!
Refuel at Hemma
Time for a delicious vegan brownie and peppermint tea. A lovely café with Swedish/European influence and vegan/vegetarian options. Limited low-FODMAP options if you’re looking for a main dish, but us FODMAPers are experts at adaptation so I’m sure you could find something to suit.
Take the train back to Glasgow and have a rest
Grub-it-up at Bar Bloc
The boyfriend found this place – on Sundays they do a steak and chips deal. Suits me! No modifying of FODMAPs needed.
Sip cocktails at The Raven
What better way to say ‘cheer’s to a lovely weekend than back at The Raven?! Raspberry Bellini for me and a rum punch for him. Times two.
Travel Guide Glasgow – Day 4
Brunch at Singl-end
This place had popped up during my research and had also been recommended by fellow blogger The Wee Foddie. A brunch menu to put a grin on your face – again, with plenty of options for those with sensitive tums. And yummy cakes, if you’ve the room!
Walk off brunch and take in the final sights of the city including the numerous, impressive murals which are dotted around the city
We headed to Glickman’s again (the oldest sweet shop), not realising it’s shut on a Monday – duh – clearly not meant to be! Never mind. We continued on to Glasgow Cathedral and then Glasgow Necropolis – well worth the visit if you get the chance.
Pack up, it’s time to go home!
Thoroughly enjoyed Glasgow (with a hint of Edinburgh!) Full of history, culture, beautiful buildings and delicious eateries accommodating those with sensitive tums (hooray!). Plenty more we would have liked to do/see if we’d had more time – e.g. The Lighthouse, Willow Tea Rooms, The West Brewery, oh and Glickman’s sweetshop, of course! – but I guess that just means we’ll have to go back – what a shame 😉
Have you been to Glasgow? What were your favourite spots?
P.S. Would you tell from the pictures that I was suffering with endometriosis symptoms for the majority of the trip? Probably not. But just thought I’d mention it because it just goes to show that looks can be deceiving. Tried not to let it dampen my spirits!