Last Monday we were given a break from the grey, miserable weather that had been around for a while, and were treated to a wonderfully sunny day. My friend Alice and I decided to take advantage of the weather and headed to Pollok Country Park, which is located a twenty minute bus ride from Glasgow's city centre. The park is Glasgow's largest park and only country park. It used to be part of the Old Pollok estate, home to the Maxwell Family for seven centuries. From the 12th century onward there were three different castles in the park, until in 1752, when the current Pollok House was built. In 1966 the Maxwell Family gave the park and the house to the City of Glasgow. Aside from Pollok House and the beautiful gardens and woodlands, there is also the Burrell Collection, a collection of art held in a building in the middle of the park.
Alice and I arrived before lunchtime, so when we reached Pollok House, which is about a ten/fifteen minute walk from the entrance, we decided to give the restaurant a try, which is located downstairs, in the old servants quarters. Both of us opted for a sweet potato soup (which was delicious but not very photogenic, hence the lack of photo), and then shared a lovely carrot cake. To see the whole house, where the family used to live, you had to pay a fee, so we decided to skip that in favour of being outside in the lovely weather. After our lunch, we spent a couple of hours exploring the park, with its flowering gardens and green woodlands. We visited the Burrell Collection, which was very random and varied but interesting, and spotted the cutest little baby Highland cow (Highland calf...?). Once we took the bus back to Glasgow, we were both rather exhausted from walking and being out in the sun, but it was a really lovely day. It was wonderful to get a good dose of nature.