Harry McNeil is a University of Glasgow student studying History. He also works part-time as a Tour Guide at the Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery. Harry started at the brewery researching the Tennent’s history during a summer placement and developing the brewery tour which has grown to be increasing popular with locals and international visitors to the city.
What makes Glasgow unique is its incredibly familiar feel. It benefits from all the variety that goes with living in a large city, yet you are forever bumping into a friend or a friend of a friend.
WHAT ARE THE MUST DO’S FOR A NEW VISITOR TO THE CITY?
Glasgow’s East End is the most historic part of the city and yet it is often over looked for the amount it has on offer.
When visiting the East End start off by taking in some of the city’s famous landmarks such as Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis before making your way down to the Wellpark Brewery.
The brewery is home to Tennent’s Lager, a staple of the Scottish diet and enjoying a pint of Tennent’s is a must do in itself. You can take a tour of the brewery or even try one of the many food and drink experiences on offer at the Tennent’s Training Academy.
Just next door there’s the Drygate brewery, a microbrewery/pub that is a perfect option to finish off your day in. It has a restaurant downstairs serving everything from burgers to traditional Scottish food, whereas upstairs in the beer hall there is a wide range of experimental beers on offer.
WHAT IS THE CITY’S BEST KEPT SECRET?
One of my favourite lesser known places in Glasgow that is the recently opened Saint Luke’s, located on the Gallowgate, also in the East End. Placed in a converted church, it gives visitors to the city a chance to have a few drinks and hear up and coming local talent in what is a unique location.
IF GLASGOW WAS A SONG, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Fatima Yamaha – What’s A Girl To Do. A slow, melancholy and warm track that has become something of a cult classic in some of Glasgow’s nightclubs. It is ideal listening for the post work walk home during Glasgow’s dark and wet winter evenings.