Taking bikes to a Jean Michel Jarre gig might not be the first thing that pops into your mind but with gig tickets and 2 nights hotel booked it seemed like an ideal opportunity to explore some of Glasgow on two wheels.
Carol and I travelled by train to Glasgow Queen Street and then onwards to our hotel in the West End by a very effective protected bike lane which took us through the traffic and over the motorway system safely and efficiently. Before heading for our hotel we nipped into the Siempre bike cafe on Dumbarton road to while away some time till book in. We had checked with the hotel that they had storage for bikes and this was in the main corridor under a cctv camera which, by the markings on the wall was a pretty regular occurrence. With bikes stowed and after a wash and change we headed out for food and the Hydro which was just a short walk away. Whilst browsing the net for food outlets in the vicinity I came across Fanny Trollopes literally 200yds from the front door of our hotel, Fannys it was. Advertising a two course pre theatre dinner for £15 I would happily have paid double for the food. It was excellent. No use describing what we had here as the menu changes on a frequent basis but suffice to say even if you think you know what you are getting it will be different with some twist to the flavour. The gig at the Hydro was amazing and JMJ in his seventies still has the energy and passion he showed at the Docklands in the 80’s.
After a not too heavy breakfast served efficiently and quickly by the staff in the Sandyford we climbed on our bikes and headed back to the Hydro and the Clyde walkway. This had been work in progress when I did my LEJoG and although some stretches were still undergoing work had vastly improved in the 3 years since I had last been thru. We followed the walkway out to Clydebank and Dalmuir where we had a break for a cuppa mainly to warm ourselves up as a slight rain was falling. We had lunch booked at The Ubiqitous Chip in the Centre so after tea we headed back to the centre but along the F. C Canal.
WE followed the canal back towards the centre, through the Botanic Gardens and into Ashton Lane and the Ubiqitous Chip. Unlike Fannys this was booked on purpose and features in Peter Irvine’s Scotland the Best. Soup and an open sandwich was the order of the day here and the results are shown below. Another gem of a place!
After lunch we headed back to The Sandyford.
We had return tickets for the train but decided to bike down the Canal to Lenzie or Croy and catch the train from there. So we headed back to the Canal via the River Kelvin and the Botanic Gardens and headed NE first then due East along a well tarmaced canalside path. We stopped at a canalside pub for a cuppa and sheltered under an umbrella from the rain. Then continued on towards Lenzie. We left the canal at Kirkintilloch and picked up a cycle path near the marina from there it was simply a case of following signs to the station. On the way there we cycled across a nature reserve and through a wood both of which even in the rain were very pleasant.
We now begun a tour of Central Scotland’s lesser known rail stations from Lenzie to Larbert where we changed to get ourtrain to Edinburgh and were told in no uncertain terms by a surly rail guard to move our bikes two carriages down as the bike storage was full. We would have done this anyway. But a smile doesn’t hurt does it!!
Totals for the weekend were 30 miles 530 feet climbed in 3h 27. Not great distances but the whole point of the trip apart from JMJ obviously was to do some biking in Glasgow.