My Glasgow: Martha Ffion

  • This article has been written with the support of Scotrail.
  • 19 October 2017
My Glasgow: Martha Ffion

Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is unmissable

Local songwriter divulges essential Glasgow tips

Whether it's shopping, eating, drinking or dancing, Glasgow has everything you need for a first-rate day out. Want to discover the city through the eyes of a resident? We asked a few creative Glasgow locals about their favourite things to do.

Martha Ffion

Martha Ffion is the musical project of Glasgow-based Irish songwriter Claire Martha Ffion McKay, who is signed to Turnstile, home to Cate Le Bon and Gruff Rhys.

I love shopping – where should I shop in Glasgow?
The charity shops around Partick are great! As is the Glasgow Vintage Co on Great Western Road, and Mr Ben's in city centre.

There's so much to see and do in Glasgow, but I've only got a day. Which three essential sights should I head to?
The People's Palace, the Glasgow Necropolis, and take a walk through Kelvingrove Park to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Edinburgh might be famous for its festivals, but Glasgow holds its own too. What's your favourite Glasgow festival of the year?
The Glasgow Film Festival – always amazing Q&As and cool events in unusual places. A couple of years ago I saw The Passion of Joan of Arc in Glasgow Cathedral which was pretty special.

Now it's the autumn/winter season, what's the best place to enjoy a chilly or wintry night in Glasgow?
Have a hot whiskey by the fire at The 78, near the Kelvingrove. The Belle, near Òran Mór, is also really cosy and there are always great dogs there too.

What's the best place for gigs in Glasgow?
The Hug and Pint, Mono, the Glad Cafe and the CCA.

Finally, it's time to chill – what's your favourite way to take a moment to relax?
Go for a walk through Kelvin Walkway and around Kelvingrove Park, watch a film at the Glasgow Film Theatre, and get coffee at Papercup on Great Western Road, Artisan Roast on Gibson Street or Tapa on Pollokshaws Road.

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