Episode 3: Scotland here we are, hello Glasgow!


We woke up quietly with the sound of the ocean, it’s really awesome to have such a beautiful view as soon as you open your eyes!

However we get back on the road pretty quickly to finally reach Glasgow! Today we will stop to buy some food for the coming week and a jerrycan (that we nammed “Jerry”), as the van uses quite a lot of petrol and we don’t know if we will always have access to petrol station.

Then, we drove to Craigendmuir camping where we spend the night. We enjoyed our first shower of the trip, filled the water tank and cleaned the van. It’s only been six days since we left but already, we had such an amazing journey seeing so many different landscapes, meeting new people and just traveling together, we start to get used to the “van life”

After a good shower and a good supper, we fell asleep for a quality night on the parking of the camping… Yes, there wasn’t any other place for us!

We left the next day early morning to discover the Coatbridge parkour park, East of Glasgow. Openned in June 2011, it’s the first parkour park in Scotland and one of the biggest, if not the biggest in the UK. We played, trained, talked with the local youth for about four hours, it’s so good to move after so much driving!

We planned to meet Annie that we had already met in Harpenden while we were in London. She lives in Airdrie, it’s a ten minutes drive East of Coatbridge and offered us to show us around the center of Glasgow. Lucky enough, we can park at Lauren’s place, Annie’s friend, who actually lives just next to the center of Glasgow. Since finding a parking space in town is just a mess, we were so glad we could do so. It’s by foot that we visited the city of Glasgow, the Cathedral, the necropolis, the hospital “Royal Infirmary”, George Square and the statue of the Duke of Wellington and his famous traffic cone.

We are impressed by the “street art” and graffitis that can be seen in the city and by the architecture of most buildings. We also visited “Provand’s Lordship”, the oldest remaining house (built in 1471) in Glasgow. By the way, it’s the Cathedral that is the oldest building.

Finally we spent two nights at Lauren’s flat, which gave us time to kind of plan and decide which parts of Scotland we would visit. We also had the privilege to taste a Scottish breakfast and their traditionnal dish: haggis, kindly cooked by our hosts!

In the end it was pretty good, although the ingredients might scare some of you, according to Wikipedia:

 A traditional haggis recipe describes haggis as “sheep’s ‘pluck’ (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally encased in the animals stomach and boiled”. Ingredients are sheep stomach, heart and lungs of one lamb, onions, oatmeal, salt, pepper, stock, and water, with optional ingredients dried coriander, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It can be boiled, baked, or deep fried.


We warmly thanked our hosts, Annie and Lauren, and left Glasgow on the 8th of August in the morning for the beginning of a new adventure through Scotland and good news, our next stop is only two hours away !… Oh wait… We got stuck in traffic… Well the rest of the story will be in the following episode!

Watch the video episode:

Watch Beyond Scotland: A Spontaneous Adventure